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Tope Fasua suggests home-grown solutions

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By Mercy Kelani

These solutions will address the challenges facing the Nigerian economy.

Recently, Special Adviser to the Nigerian President, on Economic Affairs, Tope Fasua, affirmed that Nigeria has all that it needs to conquer all the economic difficulties it is currently experiencing. He said this is possible because the country is blessed with massive human and natural resources. However, he said that for the country to fully unlock its potentials, there is a need for the development of home-grown solutions to address the issues in a proper manner.

Nigeria should also leverage upon the abundant opportunities that are present in the country to tackle its challenges. These statements were made by the economic expert at a colloquium that was specifically organized to honour him as he celebrated his 52nd birthday in Abuja, Nigeria. He further said that it is necessary for Nigeria to strengthen its fight against corruption in the country, emphasizing that it must be ensured that the country does not forsake the significant need to grow and boost its economy.

There is a need for FG to search inward for solutions.

Also, the Special Adviser stressed that the growth of the economy can only be achieved by help within the country rather than having sole reliance on foreign interventions. He added that Nigeria can begin to increase production, which in turn will boost foreign investments in the country, and foster creation of job opportunities. Likewise, it will take away foreign exchange and ensure that the Naira is strengthened. The birthday celebration of Fasua saw the attendance of renowned economic experts.

Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, D.I Arabi, sharing likely opinions with Fasua, emphasized on the need for the federal government to search inward for solutions to the economic challenges of the country. He highlighted that in the inaugural speech of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, delivered a clear roadmap that would aid economic recovery. The DG added that with someone like Fasua working closely with the President, Nigeria will get back to normal in a matter of time.

Solution to Nigeria challenges has to be home-grown.

The DG asserted that he is happy that Fasua has a responsibility in the current administration, saying that it is impossible to get outsiders to solve the problem in Nigeria, and that the solution to the problem that the country is currently facing has to be home-grown. Arabi likewise asserted that Nigeria has a president that is concerned about providing people with the opportunity that is needed to tackle the problems and challenges facing the country and its citizens.

In the inaugural speech of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he spoke on the improvement of value addition in foreign exchange earnings. He added that it is very important that Nigeria produces products that are consumed across the country. This was emphasized because it will ensure a reduction in the country’s demand. Most importantly, it will cause a reduction in the country’s foreign reliance on import. By doing so, it will not be difficult for Nigeria to look inwards to find answers to its problems.

Good leadership is needed to grow the Nigerian economy.

Former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, in his goodwill speech, said that the major factor required to boost the Nigerian economy is good leadership, which, according to him, is available in the present government. At the intellectual discourse which specifically marked the birthday of Tope Fasua, Special Adviser to the Nigerian President, on Economic Affairs, there was a presentation of five books authored by the celebrant. These books provided solutions to the economic challenges affecting the nation.


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