Nigeria’s economy strengthened in last six years, Buhari insists
Sends off Tunisian envoy, lauds him for patriotism
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration’s job creation, policy consistency and innovation have since 2015 developed the economy, recording a record five per cent growth in the second quarter of this year.
Speaking yesterday at the launch of Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme, State House, the Nigerian leader listed some of the key drivers of economic growth and diversification in the period to include telecommunications, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing.
His words: “Tuesday, June 22, 2021, I set up the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) steering committee to coordinate our work to fulfil my promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. This is building on the positive results from the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and the targeted response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Economic Sustainability Plan.
“These efforts have yielded results with Nigeria recording its biggest economic growth in six years with a GDP growth of five per cent in the second quarter of 2021. The sectors that drove the growth are trade, telecommunications, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing. Each of these sectors showed significant improvement, and thus created more jobs for our populace.”
IN another development, the President, yesterday, bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Tunisia to Nigeria, Jalel Trabelsi, thanking him for his love during a 10-year stint split into two separate appointments.
He first served for five years as an officer, before returning as Ambassador for another five years.
In describing the diplomat as “a lover of Nigeria and her people,” the President stated: “Thank you very much for your love for our country and the people. You have identified with us so much, and I wish you a successful tour wherever you are posted to next. You can count on our goodwill for your country, yourself and family.”
Responding, Trabelsi said he insisted on waiting till he had audience with Buhari so that he could personally express gratitude to a man he admired and to a people he loved.
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