FG promises 15m Jobs and10 Gigawatt Of Electricity – Senator Udo Udoma

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it will provide nothing less than 15 million jobs for its citizens by the year 2020 as displayed in the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP.
FG promises 15m Jobs and10 Gigawatt Of Electricity - Senator Udo Udoma
Senator Udo Udoma
Senator Udo Udoma, who is the Minister of Budget and National Planning, promised this in a news conference on ERGP yesterday in the FCT.

The senator said the implementation of the plan would deliver some key outcomes including generation of at least 10 gigawatt of electricity by 2020.
“We want to bring down the rate of unemployment by creating over 15 million direct jobs by 2020 in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, services and particularly among the youth.

“We want the manufacturing sector to grow at average of 8.5 per cent, peaking 10.6 per cent by 2020.

“We want agriculture to also grow by 6.9 per cent over the Plan period; we want self-sufficiency in rice and wheat in 2018 and 2020 at the end of the plan period.

“We want 60 per cent reduction in imports of refined petroleum products by 2018 and to become a net exporter of refined crude by 2020.

“We expect an average of 4.6 per cent average real GDP (Gross Domestic Growth) growth rate over the Plan period with 7 per cent by 2020; we want to achieve single digit inflation rate by 2020.

“We want to increase crude oil output from 2.2 million barrel per day (mbpd) to 2.5 mbpd by 2020.

“We want to achieve at 10 gigawatt of operational electricity capacity by 2020.’’

The minister stated that the ERGP emerged from the Strategic Implementation Plan, SIP, which federal government has been implementing since 2016.
“Already, following the implementation of the SIP, the economy has shown signs of early recovery in the 4th quarter of 2016 as indicated in the recent report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“We need to build on that momentum. This Plan, which succeeds the SIP, sets out Government’s economic programmes and strategic interventions over the next four years (2017-2020).

“When implemented, it will put Nigeria back on the path of diversified, inclusive, sustained growth. This is therefore, our blueprint for economic recovery and growth.’’

He said the plan would tackle the fundamental setbacks that has been holding back the development of Nigeria in the past.
The Minister also said that the future prosperity rests upon joint support towards proper implementation of the Plan over the next four years.
He said: “We consulted with the states and they have a major role to play, 50 per cent of this economy is at the state level and many of the things we want to do, for instance agriculture is at the state level.

“The ease of doing business, most of the permits are given at the state level so we are working very closely with the state governments and what they will be doing is based on this plan.

“They will go down to each state and develop their own plans which will be aligned with this plan.

“Some of them already have their plan, so they just need to adjust it a bit so that it is seamless.

“So this plan, the plans of the states will be working collaboratively and closely together.”
Senator Udoma said that the Governors Forum chairman had assured of the states’ commitment and pledged to collaborate with the Federal Government on the implementation of the project.
He said: “So every time we meet at the National Economic Council with the governors, we discuss the plan and we work together to try to see how we can make sure that there is extensive collaboration between the states and the Federal Government.

“So, the states are part of this plan and they are very important part of the plan.
Talking about the passage of 2017 budget, Udoma said that his ministry was working closely with the legislators to ensure its early passage.
“As regards transportation, whatever needs to be done to provide improved transportation, whether marine, the ports, the rail, roads is all part of our objective, we want massive improvement in transportation.’’

“What drive the private sector are incentives and profit, so whatever you structure, you must show people a part to make some money from it. Once you show people a part, they will invest.

“So our part as government is where there are constrains, we tackle them, where there are bottle necks we remove them and we want to sit down with the private sector and show them that there are opportunities in this economy.’’
You might also like
Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.