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Tinubu inaugurates 31-member Presidential Economic Coordination Council, unveils measures to strengthen Nigerian economy (Full Lists)

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (l), Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mr. Tony Elumelu at the Event in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT Photo: State House

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu inaugurates the Presidential Economic Coordination Council, and launches the Economic Stabilisation Programme, underscoring the need for innovative solutions to Nigeria’s economic challenges, as well as the strategic importance of Public-Private Partnerships in driving economic reforms for success

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a move to ensure food security, improved power supply, enhanced social welfare and healthcare, increased energy production, and overall economic transformation in the country, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has inaugurated the Presidential Economic Coordination Council (PECC) and launched the Economic Stabilisation Programme.

President Tinubu while speaking as Chairman of the Council at the inaugural meeting of the 31-member Council held in the Council Chambers, Thursday, July 4, 2024, in Abuja, FCT, underscored the need for innovative solutions to the country’s economic challenges, noting the importance of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in driving economic reforms.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Thursday, stated Tinubu said: ”We have the challenge of energy security in Nigeria. We need to work together to improve our oil and gas sector, and we must also increase electricity generation and distribution throughout the country.

”We are determined to do that with your cooperation, collaboration, and recommendations. As a nation, it is so shameful that we are still generating 4.5GW of electricity.

”We must increase our oil production to two (2) million barrels per day within the next few months and we are determined to remove all entry barriers to investments in the energy sector while enhancing competitiveness.”

Unveiling measures to stabilise economy, create jobs

President Tinubu also announced measures, which will run concurrently with the National Construction and Household Support Programme, to stabilise the economy, enhance job creation, and foster economic security.

Ngelale enumerated the measures under the Economic Stabilisation Programme are as follows:

(1) Energy Security

The Energy Security Initiative, which includes power, oil and gas, aims to:

– Increase on-grid electricity to be delivered to homes and businesses from about 4.5 gigawatts to 6 gigawatts in six months;

– Increase oil production to 2 million barrels per day within the next 12 months; and

– Remove barriers to entry for investments into the sector to enhance competitiveness.

(2) Agriculture and Food Security

Under this plan, the aim is to:

– Increase staple crops grown by small-holder farmers from 127 million MT in 2023 to 135 million MT this year;

– Bolster production by partnering larger-scale commercial farmers;

– Support qualified farmers with satellite imagery for land use planning, crop rotation, and monitoring of agricultural expansion.

(3) Health and Social Welfare

In the health and social welfare sector, the federal government shall:

– Make essential medicines available at lower cost for 80-90 million Nigerians;

– Expand healthcare insurance coverage for 1 million vulnerable people via a Vulnerable Group Fund in collaboration with state governments;

– Redeploy 20,000 healthcare workers to provide services to 10-12 million patients in areas where they are most urgently needed;

– Power up 4,800 primary healthcare centres (PHCs), second tier, and third tier hospitals using renewable energy sources.

(4) Fiscal Measures

Some of the interventions to improve access to finance for the housing sector, MSMEs, and the manufacturing sector are:

– Youth-owned enterprises: Support for new and existing youth-owned enterprises across all 36 states of the Federation, creating 7,400 MSMEs within the next 6-12 months;

– MSME support: A six hundred and fifty billion naira (N650 billion) facility will provide lower-cost short-term facilities to youth-owned businesses, manufacturers and MSMEs across various industries; food processing, pharmaceutical, agriculture, and wholesale and retail trade.

This financing will be based on their current and future receivables, company rating, and market demand for products;

– A Manufacturing Stabilisation Fund will rejuvenate up to two hundred and fifty companies and deliver lower cost (9.0%-11.0%) long-term facilities to large, medium-scale, and light manufacturers that produce finished goods for domestic and export markets;

– Sub-national Matching Fund: A Grow Nigeria Development Fund consisting of a single-digit interest rate loan portfolio with the Bank of Industry and a matching fund agreement with sub-national governments to grow MSMEs;

– Expanding the Bank of Industry’s Rural Development Programme: A fund to support rural economies in developing 300 new MSMEs for each state, including the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), resulting in 11,100 new rural-based MSMEs across the Federation;

– Mortgage Finance Acceleration Facility: A facility that delivers affordable housing for all segments impacted by the cost-of-living challenge. This will support the construction of an additional 25,000 housing units.

The Federal Government stated these fiscal measures would improve access to finance for MSMEs and, in the process, create 4.7 million direct and indirect jobs over a six to 12-month period.

Emphasising the significance of the task ahead, Vice-President Kashim Shettima, who is the Vice-Chairman of the Council, noted that President Tinubu is committed to proffering solutions to the Nigeria’s economic challenges and not apportioning blame.

Shettima said: “I want to emphasise that when there is a will, there is always a way, and the President does not believe in apportioning blame. He believes in preparing solutions.”

In his presentation at the forum, Mr. Olawale Edun, Honourable Minister for Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, highlighted the Accelerated Stabilisation and Advancement Plan earlier submitted to the President.

The statement noted that the plan “details economic issues to be resolved in 2024 by sub-committees in the key sectors of agriculture and food security, energy (oil, gas, power), health and social welfare, and business support.”

Other members of the Council include Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Rt. Hon. Dr. Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, 12 Ministers, and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Representing the Organised Private Sector on the Council are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, Ms. Amina Maina, Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Dr. Funke Opeke, Dr. Doyin Salami, Mr. Patrick Okigbo, Mr. Kola Adesina, Mr. Segun Agbaje, Mr. Chidi Ajaere, Mr. Abdulkadir Aliu, and Mr. Rasheed Sarumi, stated the Presidential media and publicity aide.

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