- Be Active Economic Players, Minister Advises Nigerians
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has advised young Nigerians to play an active role in the quest to transform the economy of the country.
He stressed the importance of economic diversification and urged people to get involved in genuine business that could make Nigeria a producer not a consumer nation.
He made the remarks at the maiden economic summit of the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Men’s Fellowship Region 19.
Enelamah pointed out that there was a need for Nigerians to become major players and not spectators in the country’s dream beyond oil, a statement said on Wednesday.
While presenting a paper titled ‘The Nigerian Dream Beyond Oil’, Enelamah outlined the various plans and programmes of the Federal Government to move from dependence on oil to include stabilisation of the macro-economic environment, achieving agriculture and food security, ensuring energy sufficiency in power as well as improving transportation infrastructure and driving industrialisation with a focus on the Small and Medium Enterprises.
He sought the support and understanding of the people on government’s efforts to revamp the economy, adding that Nigerians should take keener interest in governance through active participation.
The Special Assistant to the General Overseer (Missions), Brown Oyitso, said, “If Nigeria is to look beyond oil, we need to deliberately do some things differently such as focus on agriculture, local manufacturing, fiscal diversification and knowledge-based economy.”
The Regional RMF Coordinator, Amos Emovon, was quoted as saying that the recent economic recession resulting from the glut in the oil sector presented huge risks as well as significant opportunities for Nigeria’s economic renaissance.
He said the conference was meant to make participants understand the times and receive direction on what to do.