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Minister challenges stakeholders on growth of economy

Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Finance, has appealed to stakeholders in the construction, entertainment and ICT industries in the country to make meaningful contributions toward enhancing the growth of the nation’s economy.

He said on Thursday in Abuja at a summit on the “Growth of the Nigerian Economy and Employment Pact,” that the sectors were blessed with huge potential to bring about growth in the economy.

We have been having discussions with the relevant industries in the building and construction as well as entertainment and ICT sectors. In the meat, leather and hospitality industries, we have some of the best products and services in the world. These are great areas of potential for growth, and appropriate research has already been carried out by the World Bank.

“We have the potential, the people and the resources to make it happen,” he added. Aganga said the meeting should serve as a catalyst to help government drive the economy. He expressed optimism that at the end of the session, “we should be able to have a pact, in terms of what you are going to do differently to help grow these sectors of the economy,” he said.

Mr Olubunmi Adetunmbi of Development Associate Ltd said the meeting should be able to agree on several actions to increase growth, investment and jobs in the selected industries. “The stakeholders will address the issue of market failure to generate public and private sector commitment to forging a partnership,” he added.


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