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FG to penalise those sabotaging its economy

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Lack of genuineness could have negative consequences on the nation's economy.

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, has stated that the Nigerian Government is actively seeking out and penalising those sabotaging the economy. The minister highlighted that the removal of the petrol subsidy was a policy decision all three significant candidates embraced in their campaign platforms. He found it confusing how those who had passionately advocated for ending the subsidy were now pretending to be against it. He warned that this lack of genuineness could have negative consequences for the nation.

In a statement released in Abuja, he firmly maintained that the President’s strategies were producing favourable outcomes. He also made it clear that the government understood that their policies were not magical solutions or the only necessary actions. The minister emphasised that the government is committed to protecting its efforts from being undermined. In this light, he stated that regulatory and enforcement agencies have been diligently working day and night to uncover, examine, and penalise individuals engaging in illicit activities and sabotaging the forex market.

Naira is stabilising as rising forex inflows indicate progress.

He further emphasised that despite the acknowledgement from respected economists and experts, the foundational reforms will undoubtedly bring about short-term challenges and hardships for the Nigerian population. The issues are complex and interconnected, demanding innovative, well-thought-out, and comprehensive solutions. The proactive actions being taken perfectly align with the necessary steps to address them. It is comforting to see signs of progress as the naira shows signs of stabilisation and an increase in foreign exchange inflows.

Also, the CBN’s efforts to reform the financial system have been met with fierce resistance from speculators and unethical players at home and abroad. These individuals thrive on the lack of transparency and chaos in the system, hindering the progress of reform. Despite this opposition, both government regulatory and enforcement agencies have worked tirelessly to combat these attempts to undermine the reforms. Collaboration between these agencies has been crucial in pushing forward with the necessary changes to ensure a more stable and transparent financial system.

Agencies should prevent currency harm and hold wrongdoers accountable.

The collaboration between partners in this strategic alliance has resulted in using intelligence to pinpoint, examine, and penalise individuals and groups participating in illegal activities and acts of sabotage in the foreign exchange market. The government urges regulatory and security agencies to stay alert in preventing any activities that could harm the currency and hold accountable those involved in such actions. Protecting the currency is a top priority, and the government is committed to ensuring its efforts are not put at risk.

Sabotaging the country’s economy can have disastrous consequences. Those potential outcomes include loss of investor confidence, economic instability, job losses, decreased government revenue, and social unrest. All of those can result in a decline in foreign investment, increased unemployment, reduced public services, and political instability. Such actions can severely hinder the country’s overall economic growth and development. All stakeholders must work together to preserve and strengthen Nigeria’s economy for the well-being of its citizens and future generations.

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However, the Nigerian government can tackle economic sabotage by implementing stricter regulations, increasing transparency, and cracking down on corruption. Investing in infrastructure, promoting diversification of the economy, and creating a conducive environment for business growth can help boost economic stability. Collaboration with international partners and fostering a culture of accountability and good governance are also crucial in combating economic sabotage. By taking decisive actions and implementing effective policies, the government can mitigate the negative impact of sabotage and foster sustainable economic development.

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