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Lai Mohammed speaks again on FG economic plan

Alhaji Lai Muhammed

Alhaji Lai Muhammed

After a brief absence from his usual justification of all APC led administration’s actions, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has again declared that the Federal Government is very focused on the economy and has a definite economic plan.

Speaking when he received the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, in Abuja on Thursday, he said, “Those who think we do not have an economic plan have not taken the pains to check out our plan.”

”We are working to reflate the economy, provide more jobs, invest in infrastructure, power, railways and roads and by so doing create the enabling environment for industries to thrive,” he said.

Mohammed said there were 34 priority actions to be implemented in the 2016 budget, listing some of them as increasing low interest lending to the Real Sector and implementing measures to achieve self-sufficiency and become net exporters of certain agricultural products.

He said Nigeria would achieve self sufficiency in tomato paste by 2016, rice production by 2018, wheat production by 2019, in addition to increasing local production of maize, soya, poultry and livestock, among others.

The Minister, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, expressed delight at the offer by the Japanese Ambassador to assist in developing the capacity of Nigerian film producers in the area of animation and children films.

”We don’t have enough films for children in Nigeria, and we run the risk of our children watching films that are inappropriate for their age and moral upbringing,” he said, adding that while Nigerian film makers are not lacking in creativity, technology for making animation poses a challenge.

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