Economy Could Get Worse, Says El-Rufai


Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said that the challenging economic conditions facing the country  could  get worse.

El-Rufai. who was speaking at the Government House, Kaduna, on Tuesday night at a dinner in honour of the top 15  people who emerged at the crowd-sourcing competition organised by the state government, said the situation looks scary.

He, however, said that rather than succumb to panic, Nigerians should seize the opportunity  to do away with the  era of easy money and rent-seeking, to a new economy that is powered by the intellect, enterprise and the hard work.

‎He said the competition was organised to solicit the input of ordinary people in developing the State Development Strategy, 2016-2020, stressing that development planning is a serious matter that should not be left  in the hands of certified experts alone.

He declared that the determination of his administration  to make Kaduna great again remains abiding and fresh.

“We hope that you will maintain your commitment to the future growth and prosperity of Kaduna State.

“On our part, we would encourage the line ministries to discuss further with you on the laudable ideas you have suggested. The government will inscribe your names as contributors to our forthcoming State Development Plan. You have earned it!

“Let me at this juncture remind us all that the challenging economic conditions our country is facing could yet get worse. It is scary, but rather than succumb to panicked paralysis, let us seize the opportunity we are presented to remake our country away from the era of easy money and rent-seeking, to a new economy that is powered by the intellect, the enterprise and the hard work of all citizens.

“That is why we have put education, health, agriculture, jobs and security at the heart of our governance agenda. We are expanding access to education because we believe that our people potential can be realised only when we give every child decent basic education,” the governor said.

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