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Labour, Opposition Leaders Warn Against Full-Blown Economic Summit


EconomyLabour and opposition party leaders have warned the presidency against organising a full-blown economic summit, saying recommendations from past talk shops should be harmonised and implemented instead.

Secretary General of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Comrade Issa Aremu, in Kaduna, yesterday, said though the rationale for a dialogue on the state of the economy was laudable, what the country needed was a national consensus on how to implement existing policy measures on economic recovery not to reinvent new ones.

“Past governments have organised countless conferences, summits and debates, the reports of which have not been implemented. It is time to implement these recommendations and move Nigeria from potentials to actuals in terms of development and prosperity”, he added.

He also suggested that President Buhari send his economic team to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, to draw on thousands of policy recommendations and implementable strategies on the economy.

Former Governor of old Kaduna State and chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa said that such summits must be geared to ensure “that the economy does not nosedive.”

Musa explained that government will require revolutionary measures rather than debates on how to restructure the economy, pointing out that Nigerians have given the APC government the benefit of doubt, which must not be squandered.

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