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Despite all the challenges facing Nigeria, the ongoing economic recession would end in 2017 because the foundation for a diversified economy was already being laid, the Federal Government assured on Tuesday.
The government also premised its optimism on the fact that “the 2017 budget will strengthen the economy further.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, expressed this optimism when he received a delegation from the Methodist Church of Nigeria led by the Archbishop of Abuja, the Most Reverend Joseph Oche Job.
A statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Office of the SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, quoted Lawal as restating that “President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to revamp the economy and take the nation out of recession next year (2017)”
He assured that President Buhari was determined and committed to the three major objectives of his administration, which are to improve national security, vigorously fight corruption and overhaul the economy.
The SGF thanked the Methodist Church delegation and other religious leaders in Nigeria for their support for the government.
He implored them to continue to pray for peace and security of the nation.
Archbishop Job, in his remarks, expressed the support of the Church for the Federal Government in the fight against corruption which, he said , “is the number one enemy of our dear country Nigeria.”
He noted that the major ills of the society including youth unemployment, poor and weak infrastructure, injustice and insecurity were all products of corruption.