Buhari’s govt lacks pol­icy di­rec­tion – Ex-Plan­ning Min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

For­mer Min­is­ter of Na­tional Plan­ning and Deputy Chair­man, Na­tional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (NPC), Dr. Abubakar Su­laiman, says the Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion only reels out pol­icy state­ments but lacks pol­icy di­rec­tion. Speak­ing with our cor­re­spon­dent in La­gos yesterday, Su­laiman noted that the na­tion’s econ­omy un­der Buhari had not im­proved, warn­ing that if noth­ing ur­gent was done to check the drift, un­em­ploy­ment and hunger might in­crease.

He said the 100 days of the Buhari gov­ern­ment had been par­tic­u­larly woe­ful, marred by pol­icy sum­m­er­saults with­out con­crete steps be­ing taken to sta­bi­lize the econ­omy, say­ing this was ev­i­dent in the num­ber of in­vestors that had left the coun­try and the down-siz­ing in the bank­ing in­dus­try.

He said the Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count in­tro­duced by Buhari could par­tic­u­larly un­der­mine the econ­omy and pro­pel the col­lapse of the bank­ing in­dus­try, point­ing out that the pol­icy was the brain child of the Jonathan ad­min­is­tra­tion which was meant to be im­ple­mented in phases, but the present gov­ern­ment’s in­sis­tence on full im­ple­men­ta­tion por­tends dan­ger for the econ­omy.

Su­laiman, a lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Science and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, Univer­sity of Abuja, ob­served that the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) came to power with the prom­ise to tackle cor­rup­tion, in­sur­gency and youth un­em­ploy­ment, but none of these has been achieved, yet, the pres­i­dent con­tin­ues to make state­ments that tend to “de-mar­ket” Nige­ria in an ef­fort to dis­credit the Jonathan ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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