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We are changing the narrative of Nigeria, Senator Basiru tells Diasporans

We are changing the narrative of Nigeria, Senator Basiru tells Diasporans

“I want to assure you in the Diaspora that we have a new National Assembly that works for Nigeria and we are committed to supporting the developmental agenda of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the risk of political blackmail of calling us rubber stamp.”

GOODWILL MESSAGE DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRMAN, DR SURAJUDEEN AJIBOLA BASIRU AT THE NIGERIA DIASPORA INVESTMENT SUMMIT ON 7/11/2019 AT PRESIDENTIAL VILLA BANQUET HALL, ABUJA.

I want to join my colleagues in the House of Representatives to commend the Nigeria Diaspora Commission particularly the CEO for bringing ingenuity, creativity, commitment, integrity and sagacity to the work of the commission on diaspora. The First budget of the Diaspora commission is still in the pipeline, in the absence of this, a lot of work has gone into trying to leverage on the very important resources of our nation towards the path of Economic growth.

I want to assure you in the Diaspora that we have a new National Assembly that works for Nigeria and we are committed to supporting the developmental agenda of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the risk of political blackmail of calling us rubber stamp. We believe that it is not by accident that Nigerians decided to elect the President that form the Executive and elected the majority of lawmakers from the same political party so we are committed to the realization of the goal of security, economic transformation and transparency which we believe will assist in our drive towards economic growth.

Just as we have noted on the theme of this summit “Leveraging on Diaspora Resources for Economic growth”, we are changing the narrative of Nigeria. Enough of reliance on a Nigeria that is a mono-economy relying solely on oil. We have to diversify our resources and that has been the economic trust of the Present Administration and the commitment of the National Assembly is to ensure that all legislations that will assist in the realization of diversifying our economy will be put in place.

The passage of the deep offshore law has been one of the expeditious law we have done and it put us in a good stead to have necessary revenue. At the time we were debating the principles of the 2020 budget, I remember I said that we need to change our orientation, our country is not a rich country, it is a country that needs serious revenue, serious productive activities, we need serious actions towards economic growth so that we can unleash the strength of Nigerians to take care of the unborn generations.

In a couple of decades, we are going to have a country of about 400 million people, we have to start thinking how do we create an economy that is not dependent on the vicissitude of international price of oil, How do we develop an economy that will bring at least 60% of our population to the path of productivity?

This is the lasting legacy we believe the Present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing and we in the National Assembly are committed to the National Assembly that works for Nigeria.

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