In a monumental presidential broadcast, President Bola Tinubu confronted Nigeria’s economic challenges head-on and laid out a transformative vision for the nation’s future.
With deep empathy for the hardships faced by Nigerians, the President announced 11 decisive measures aimed at revitalizing the economy and ensuring a prosperous future for all citizens.
Recognizing the Current Struggles
President Tinubu began by acknowledging the current hardships endured by Nigerians due to rising fuel costs and the subsequent impact on living expenses. He vowed to alleviate the burdens and foster equitable growth for all citizens.
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Trillions Saved from Fuel Subsidy Removal
The President proudly revealed that Nigeria has already saved trillions of Naira since the fuel subsidy removal and exchange rate reform, redirecting these funds towards public services to benefit the entire population.
Key Measures to Counter Economic Challenges
- Reinvesting Trillions already saved from Fuel Subsidy Removal: Since the removal of the fuel subsidy, trillions have already been saved. These funds were previously funneled into select pockets, but will now be utilized in public services.
- Exchange Rate System Reform: The government has dismantled the multiple exchange rate system to curb currency speculation and create more equitable wealth distribution.
- Business Tax Relief: Earlier this month, President Tinubu signed four Executive Orders suspending and deferring specific taxes, aiming to boost the manufacturing sector.
- Manufacturing Sector Investment: Between now and March 2024, the administration will invest N75 billion in the manufacturing sector. This initiative will fund 75 enterprises, each with access to N1 billion credit at 9% per annum, repayable over a maximum of 60 months.
- MSMEs and Nano Business Investments: N125 billion will be injected into Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and nano businesses. This sum includes a N50 billion Conditional Grant for 1 million nano businesses and N75 billion for 100,000 MSMEs and start-ups. The administration’s target is to give N50,000 each to 1,300 nano business owners in each of the 774 local governments across the country
- Affordable Food Initiatives: President Tinubu has ordered the release of 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains and is providing 225,000 metric tonnes of farming inputs to ensure food prices remain affordable.
- Agricultural Land Investment: N200 billion will be invested into cultivating 500,000 hectares of farmland. N50 billion will be allocated to each of rice, maize, wheat, and cassava cultivation.
- Infrastructure Support Fund: A new Infrastructure Support Fund is being established, allowing States to invest in critical infrastructure areas.
- Affordable Mass Transit: N100 billion will be invested from July 2023 to March 2024 to acquire 3,000 units of 20-seater CNG-fuelled buses for affordable mass transit across Nigeria. These will be provided to major transportation companies in the states.
- National Minimum Wage Review: A new national minimum wage is being introduced in collaboration with Labour unions, providing a salary boost to Nigerian workers.
- Exchange Rate and Inflation Monitoring: The government will monitor the effects of exchange rates and inflation on fuel prices and intervene if necessary.
In addition, Tinubu also revealed that his administration is working with Labour unions to introduce a new national minimum wage, assuring workers that a salary review is imminent.
“All of our good and helpful plans are in the works. More importantly, I know that they will work,” affirmed President Tinubu. “We are exiting the darkness to enter a new and glorious dawn.”
Read the full text of President Tinubu’s broadcast here.