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Tinubu targets production of 2million bpd oil, 6GW electricity, 135m tonnes food

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President Tinubu on Thursday announced measures, expected to run concurrently with the National Construction and Household Support Programme, to stabilize the economy, enhance job creation, and foster economic security.

A breakdown of the N2 trillion package shows that the government is investing about N350 billion into the Health and Social Welfare; N500b into Agriculture and Food Security; N500 billion for the Energy and Power sector and general business support of about N650 billion.

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These package were unveiled by the President at the inauguration of the Presidential Economic Coordination Council (PECC) and launched the Economic Stabilization Programme to ensure food security, improved power supply, enhanced social welfare and healthcare, increased energy production, and overall economic transformation.

Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement, said the President, who chairs the Council, underscored the need for innovative solutions to the country’s economic challenges, noting the importance of public-private partnerships in driving economic reforms.

“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,” the statement said.

“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.”

The President unveiled plans to strengthen Energy Security Initiative, which includes power, oil and gas.

Under plans, the President promised to increase on-grid electricity to be delivered to homes and businesses from the current 4.5 gigawatts to 6 gigawatts in six months.

Crude oil production will also increase to 2 million barrels per day within the next 12 months.

The government will remove all barriers to entry for investments into the sector to enhance competitiveness.

Under the agriculture and Food Security, the government said it will 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 and support qualified farmers with satellite imagery for land use planning, crop rotation, and monitoring of agricultural expansion.

In the Health and Social Welfare, sector, the federal government plans provide 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;

As part of the plans, about 20,000 healthcare workers will be deployed to provide services to 10-12 million patients in areas where they are most urgently needed;

The federal government said it is targeting up 4,800 primary healthcare centres (PHCs), second tier, and third tier hospitals using renewable energy sources.

Under the Fiscal Measures, the President said government will support 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;

He also announced a N650b support for the MSME support, that 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;

Other measures announced by the President include Manufacturing Stabilization Fund that 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;

The plan also include 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.

“These fiscal measures will 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”

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

”I want to emphasize 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,” the Vice-President said.

The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mr. Wale Edun made a presentation on the highlights of the Accelerated Stabilization and Advancement Plan earlier submitted to the President.

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 the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, twelve ministers, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Members from the Organized Private sector include: Aliko Dangote; Tony Elumelu; Abdul Samad Rabiu; Amina Maina, Segun Ajayi-Kadir; Funke Opeke; Doyin Salami; Patrick Okigbo; Kola Adesina; Segun Agbaje; Chidi Ajaere; Abdulkadir Aliu; and Rasheed Sarumi.