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Tinubu’s FEC Unleashes N1.267tn for National Infrastructure Boost

Massive Investment Targets Roads, Bridges, and Agricultural Growth

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

In a move aimed at bolstering Nigeria’s infrastructure, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, has sanctioned an unprecedented allocation of N1.267 trillion for the development of 28 key roads and bridges across the nation. This announcement was made by Dave Umahi, the Minister of Works, signaling a significant leap towards addressing the longstanding infrastructural deficit in the country.

Complementing this development, Wale Edun, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, disclosed a notable financial engagement with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. Nigeria has secured a ¥15 billion loan, designated to fortify the national agricultural scheme project. The terms of this loan, characterized by a 30-year repayment period and a 10-year moratorium at a modest interest rate of 10 percent, reflect a strategic endeavor to strengthen Nigeria’s agricultural sector without imposing undue financial strain on the nation.

Further, Edun revealed President Tinubu’s approval for the formation of an economic management task force. This initiative, poised to spur economic growth, enhance production, and generate employment opportunities, will see a blend of expertise from the economic management team, private sector, and representatives from the Nigerian Governors Forum. Tasked with addressing critical monetary and fiscal policies and championing real sector growth, this task force will operate over the next six months, reporting directly to the President.

In addition to these significant developments, Nigeria’s ratification of its membership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was announced. This membership is anticipated to be a catalyst for economic growth, particularly through infrastructure development, thereby reducing logistical costs and maximizing investment in transportation and infrastructure.

Echoing the President’s commitment to impactful governance, Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, highlighted President Tinubu’s directive for the expedited implementation of consumer credit student loan programs and other social security initiatives. These measures are envisioned to directly benefit the Nigerian populace, fostering an environment conducive to growth and prosperity.

A pivotal decision to restructure and institutionalize the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund through a legal framework was also revealed by Minister of Youth, Jamila Ibrahim. Originally established in 2020 with a fund of N75 billion, the initiative will now see an infusion of an additional N50 billion from the 2023 Supplementary Appropriation Act and the 2024 Appropriation Act. Moreover, an allocation of N60 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s SME Investment Fund, particularly earmarked for agricultural investments, was announced. These financial injections are aimed at nurturing young businesses and stimulating economic expansion.

Complementing the economic initiatives, Dr. Tunji Alausa, Minister of State Health and Social Welfare, announced the approval of a basic healthcare provision for a sector-wide approach, in line with President Tinubu’s compact agreement with state governors. This approach earmarks one percent of the consolidated revenue towards enhancing healthcare services across the nation.

In a landmark decision, FEC approved the implementation of a 10 percent youth and women quota in all government appointments, along with an equitable representation of young women. Dr. Jamila Ibrahim stated that this move is aimed at fostering youth participation in decision-making processes and civic engagement, thereby significantly contributing to the national development agenda.

These strategic initiatives, encompassing infrastructure, finance, healthcare, and youth engagement, mark a comprehensive approach by President Tinubu’s administration towards repositioning Nigeria on a path of sustainable development and inclusive growth. As these projects and programs unfold, the anticipation for their transformative impact on the Nigerian economy and society at large is palpable, heralding a new era of governance dedicated to uplifting the lives of its citizens.

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