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Nigeria Is Not A Rich Country, President Buhari Complains

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari

“An impression has been erroneously created that we (Nigeria) are a rich country, but looking at the economic profile of the country today, you will see that that is not necessarily the case.”
This was the verdict of President Muhammadu Buhari today when he received in audience at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the outgoing President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Donald Kaberuka.
President Buhari said that with the shock of falling oil prices, lack of revenues,  and insecurity, Nigeria cannot be said to be rich, even as he asked the elites to wake up and provide the right guidance in their
communities, and to lead the economy on the right path more than they used to do.
He said that his administration will welcome more support from the AfDB for projects in versatile sectors like agriculture that can easily be explored to create more jobs for unemployed Nigerians.
“Our social services have to be seriously rehabilitated. We need urgent attention on areas like education and health services, not only in the north eastern part of the country, but all round the country.
“We will fall back on institutions like the AfDB for support in generating employment. We have vast potentials in the agricultural sector that can be explored to create more jobs.
“We also have small businesses that need funds for expansion.”
The outgoing AfDB President told President Buhari that some development institutions like the World Bank, German Development Bank and the European Development Bank had already indicated their readiness to provide long term loan facilities to small businesses in Nigeria.
Kaberuka assured the President that the AfDB  will always support economic projects in Nigeria.
Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina of Nigeria will replace the outgoing AfDB President next month.
The AfDB currently has a strong capital base of 4.8 billion U S dollars. [myad]

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