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Obasanjo, Jonathan lacked the will to implement their plans - Buhari's Minister

Obasanjo, Jonathan lacked the will to implement their plans - Buhari's Minister

Zainab Ahmed, minister of state for budget and national planning, on Thursday, said the administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Yar Adua and Goodluck Jonathan had good economic plans, but that they lacked the political will to implement them.

Speaking at the‎ second presidential economic communication workshop in Abuja, Ahmed said the Buhari administration was taking critical steps to get the country out of a recession.

She said one of the steps was “growing non-oil exports in the light of the competitive and comparative advantage created by the depreciation of the naira following the introduction of a market effective exchange rate”.

While stating that the government was working at reducing the 17.8 percent inflation rate, she disclosed that there was an improvement in capital importation, which she said rose to 46 percent in the second quarter of the year.

She said the government believed the global price of crude oil might be low for a long time, so it was making plans to forestall further negative impact on the economy.

“We have had very good plans, from NEEDS, Seven Point Agenda to Transformation Agenda. All of them were good plans, but the political will to implement them was lacking,” Ahmed said.

She also disclosed that the 2017 budget was ready, but that her ministry was waiting for the approval of the medium term expenditure framework‎ (MTEF) before the proposal would be presented to the national assembly.

“The 2017 budget is ready, but we need the MTEF to be approved so we can make adjustments if there is a need for‎ an adjustment,” she added

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