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I’ll Achieve These In Three Months As Nigerian President -Says Atiku

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he will create an Economic Stimulus Fund with an initial investment capacity of approximately US$10 billion to prioritize support to MSMEs across all the economic sectors within the first 100 days in office if given the mandate to lead the country come 2023.

Atiku said this on Tuesday while presenting his economic blueprint for Nigeria at the private sector economic forum on the 2023 presidential election organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), saying, MSMEs offer the greatest opportunities for achieving inclusive growth.

He said he would undertake far-reaching fiscal restructuring to improve liquidity as well as the management of our fiscal resources.

The former vice president promised to take five bold steps including undertaking an immediate review of government spending with a view to eliminating all leakages arising from subsidy payments; stopping all financial support to ailing State-Owned enterprises; improving spending efficiency by gradual reduction of government recurrent expenditures; undertake a review of government procurement processes to ensure value-for-money as well as eliminate all leakages and focus on non-debt financing by promoting a private sector led infrastructure development fund for the financing and delivery of key infrastructure projects.”

“With its current precarious fiscal position and daunting development challenges, can Nigeria really afford to forego critical investments in education, health, security etc. and channel scarce resources to subsidizing the lifestyle of its elites? We will stop all financial support to ailing State-Owned enterprises. As with subsidy payments, by holding onto these underperforming enterprises, Nigeria is sacrificing investments in critical areas, including education, health, water, sanitation, and rural infrastructure. For example, the first phase in the rehabilitation of Nigeria’s refineries is expected to gulp US$1.55 billion!

“We will take steps to improve spending efficiency by gradual reduction of government recurrent expenditures. Over the medium term, recurrent expenditures should not exceed 45% of the budget and then we will undertake a review of government procurement processes to ensure value-for-money and eliminate all leakages as well as focus on non-debt financing by promoting a private sector-led infrastructure development fund for the financing and delivery of key infrastructure projects,” he said.

On debt accumulation, Atiku said he would be more strategic and circumspect.

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