Washington DC – Dr Nwanze Okidegbe, Chief Economic Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, says the Federal Government would create the enabling environment to ensure economic growth in the country.
He made the disclosure during an interview in Washington DC.
“The economic management implementation team and the overall economic working team have been working hard to create the enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” Okidegbe said.
He pointed out that private sector growth is one of the best ways to achieve the present transformation agenda of inclusive growth.
Okidegbe noted that most of the investors looking towards doing business in Nigeria are interested in seeing that most of the hurdles that impede their businesses were removed.
He said that government would therefore ensure that every hurdle was cleared, saying “without good enabling environment, no investor will come to Nigeria”.
Commenting on the 6.6 per cent economic growth for Nigeria, projected by the Economic World Outlook for 2012, the presidential adviser said it was a positive indication.
“The most important thing for Nigerian economic growth is to make sure that it affects the lives of ordinary Nigerians and create jobs,” he said.
Okidegbe disclosed that while Angola and South Africa seem to be projected higher than Nigeria, government would continue to explore all avenues that would drive the economy.
“Inclusive growth is our major focus now. We need to create jobs for our youths,’’ he said.