Kwara Gov Demands Urgency in Tackling Recession
Kwara State Governor, Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed has demanded a sense of urgency by all concerned to tackle the current challenges of economic recession facing the country.
Ahmed spoke during a panel discussion at the on-going symposium for Northern Nigeria Governors organized by the United States Institute for Peace in Washington DC, according to a statement by Muideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor.
“Governor Ahmed said current efforts at diversifying the economy away from dependence on oil and ending the hardship in the country stand a greater chance of success if all Nigerians approach the required adjustments, sacrifices and drive with the collective sense of urgency,” the statement said.
The governor said the current efforts will succeed if all Nigerians buy into the government’s economic diversification programme and called for dedication and ownership to ensure rapid recovery.
The statement noted that Ahmed also emphasized the need for a “broad-economic platform among the 19 Northern States to encourage partnership and ensure each leverage on identified strengths in agriculture and other key areas for the region’s collective benefit.
“While acknowledging the enormous security and economic challenges facing the region and the resources required to conquer them, Governor solicited the US government’s assistance towards overcoming insecurity and hardship in the region.
“Governor Ahmed also called for more reliable empirical data in confronting the twin problems of insecurity and poverty confronting the region, stressing such statistics will ensure that strategies are defined with clear goals, timelines and resource requirements to ensure they succeed in bring peace and prosperity to the region.”