Economy Will Pick Up in 2017 – Federal Government Promises

The Nigerian Government has raised the hopes of the masses about the resuscitation of the economy next year.

Senator Udo Udoma
The year 2016 has been very turbulent for the Nigerian state with the value of the naira falling haplessly and inflation skyrocketing, coupled with loss of jobs.
But yesterday, the government expressed optimisim that the ailing economy will be revamped next year with necessary provisions being made by the President’s economy team.
This was revealed on Thursday, by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Economic Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo according to the Punch.

Udoma was joined at the briefing by the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku; and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Bello.

The minister said Nigeria could only be said to be in recession if it records two quarters of negative growth.

He said since the country had experienced negative growth in the first quarter, the country will be said to be in technical recession if the second quarter which is still being expected is also negative.

He said, “Recession is basically when you have two quarters of negative growth. We had a first quarter of negative growth and we are still waiting to get all the figures for the second quarter which has just ended in June.

“The National Bureau of Statistics will be giving us all the figures but if as we suspect, the second quarter is also negative, then of course technically you could say that we are in recession if those figures turned out to be so.

“But even if we are not, the situation in the economy right now is one that of course we are addressing.”

Udoma said while the Federal Government expected some of the factors that have been impacting negatively on the economy, some others were unexpected

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