President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration would enact new policies to diversify Nigeria’s economy from oil to other sectors such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing. This, he said, will be captured in the 2016 national budget.
Speaking at a meeting with a delegation of French investors under the aegis of Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF), led by its President, Mr. Pierre Gattaz, in Abuja, yesterday, President Buhari said the policies currently being evolved by his administration would boost domestic manufacturing and attract greater investment to Nigeria’s agricultural and mining sectors.
He urged Mr. Gattaz and the French trade mission, which houses over 50 companies with interest in manufacturing, agriculture, infrastructure development and other areas, to return to Nigeria next year and take full advantage of the new policies.
“We are doing our utmost best to encourage diversification into non-oil sectors, which can employ a lot of people and we will welcome your support in this regard,” President Buhari said.
“Ultimately, reducing unemployment will also help to improve security because unemployment and insecurity are inseparable,” President Buhari told the French investors.”
A statement by the Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu further quoted the President as saying “that Nigeria will also welcome more French investments in its power sector”, stressing that ”availability of steady power supply will lead to the reopening of closed factories and the creation of more jobs.”
The statement also assured the delegation that the present administration was tackling corruption with vigour to ensure greater probity in the management of national resources.