FG: There’ll be no co­or­di­nat­ing min­is­ter for econ­omy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

There will be no co­or­di­nat­ing min­is­ter for the econ­omy un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo has de­clared.

The vice pres­i­dent de­clared this at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day while re­ceiv­ing the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner to Nige­ria, Jonathan Richard­son.

Os­in­bajo em­pha­sised that un­like the im­me­di­ate past ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Buhari Pres­i­dency would not name a Co­or­di­nat­ing Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy.

“We are not go­ing to have a sys­tem like where there was a co­or­di­nat­ing min­is­ter. No. There would not be any­thing like that,” the vice pres­i­dent stated.

He noted his role as vice pres­i­dent was to en­sure that the pres­i­dent was fully in­formed of what ev­ery­one in­volved in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties was do­ing “such that we are all on same page and to make it eas­ier for the pres­i­dent to make de­ci­sions.”

Os­in­bajo’s spokesman Laolu Akande, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, re­called that at the Na­tional Eco­nomic Sum­mit held in Abuja four weeks ago, the vice pres­i­dent had noted that his role was to su­per­vise the econ­omy.

The vice pres­i­dent said Nige­ria was will­ing to deepen her bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Aus­tralia in the ar­eas of min­ing, agri­cul­ture, ship­ping, trans­port and in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

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