… Says greater Nigeria beckons

From Paul Osuyi

Immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, CFR, has expressed confidence that a greater Nigeria was very realistic in the near future, explaining that the present tough economic reforms by the President Bola Tinubu administration were necessary steps to the attainment of the desired nation.

Omo-Agege in a personal statement on the occasion of the first year anniversary of the Tinubu administration, urged Nigerians to continue to support the government, saying that the in going economic reforms, were targeted at restoring the country’s dignity among the comity of nations.

He said the present initial pains of the reforms were only temporary, and would be phased out very soon, noting that President Tinubu inherited an economy that was on the edge of the precipice, adding that the tough reforms were required to chart a new course to bring it back from the brink.

The 2023 governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State, hailed President Tinubu for not pretending about the pariah state of the country by not taking populist decisions to excite the masses “in the short term but inflict monumental and irreparable damage on the economy in the medium and long term.”

Explaining the economic policies, Omo-Agege stated that the administration started by tackling “head-on the main challenges facing the oil and gas industry. He abolished the duplicitous oil subsidy regime that only enriched a few but continued haemorrhaging the economy.

“Then he decisively waged war on crude oil theft that had brought crude oil production to unprecedented low levels.

“By complimenting the aggressive efforts of the Nigerian Navy through the involvement of private organisations in strengthening the protection of the country’s oil and gas infrastructure, export has been stabilised.

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“The direct impact of the increased production spurred a 37 percent growth in Nigeria’s oil export in 2023. Crude oil export revenue hit N29 trillion in 2023, a 37 percent increase compared to N21.1 trillion recorded in 2022.

“The upswing has continued as production hit 1.7 million barrels per day in May, the highest in four years and the path to hitting OPEC quota of about two million barrels per day.”

He said the inevitable pains associated, initially, with the economic decisions have only shown that the president is not inspired by thoughts of 2027 elections but by the desire to fix the country.

“Having reached the nadir of decline, Nigeria needed a comprehensive reset to purge the people of false living and make a detour to a life of reality, even if it meant a fresh beginning.

“President Tinubu’s economic agenda and policies are targeted at restoring the confidence of the investors, local and foreign, promoting stability and long term corporate planning and necessary investment decisions,” he stated.

According to him, “in unifying the multiple foreign exchange markets, President Tinubu eliminated the corruption-ridden system that gave access to mainly unproductive people within the corridors of power to foreign exchange, leaving out the real sector. Gradually, the naira is finding its real and sustainable value while creating the ambience for exports to thrive.

“His measures are not lost on the international business community many of whom are revving up to enter the lucrative Nigerian market.

“It is still morning in President Tinubu’s mission of pulling Nigeria back from the cliffhanger he inherited. He is on the right track even though the process may manifest some pains.

“He needs the unflinching support of every Nigerian as a greater tomorrow beckons. As the president marks his first year in office, we urge him to continue on the path of reforms that will restore the country’s dignity among the comity of nations.”

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