NESG launches macro-economic outlook for 2022

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▪︎ Calls on FG to fastrack policies that will drive growth

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has launched the 2020 Macro Economic Outlook, with a call to the federal government to fastrack policies that will drive economic growth.

NESG Chairman, Asue Ighodalo in his keynote address at the launch in Abuja on Tuesday stated that over the years, the NESG released reports and recommendations that are tailored based on Nigeria’s interest.

He stated that “Fiscal boosters, peculiar to economic growth should be deployed to address the challenges of foreign exchange, insecurity and other headwinds confronting the economy.

“The impediments must be addressed with a sense of urgency to deepen development. World bank estimate that 1 million people werepushed into poverty between June to December bringing a total of 91million poor people.

“As such critical reforms must be implemented and We at NESG believe that policies that direct at employment and security must be at the helm of government policy and action in 2022,” he said.

Speaking further, the NESG Chairman stated that Being a pre election year, 2022 will witness increased monetary spendings and effective governance will no longer be in place as active politics will take centre Stage.

He however urged the federal government to take major decisions in the first quarter of 2022 to fastrack growth.

” Nigeria must thrive to leave behind and create a solid foundation for catalystic solid base to secure the future of Nigeria there must be a fierce urgency of now.

“There is still a window and navigable resolve and work assiduously to initiate the economic reforms that will jumpstart Economic Growth,” Mr. Ighodalo further stated.

Head of Research, NESG, Dr. Olusegun Onisakin while presenting the economic outlook, stated that the finance act 2020, adoption of investors and exporters exchange rate, Twitter ban, Omicron, as well as the Petroleum Industry Act, shaped economic trajectory in 2021.

There has been little improvements from 2020 to 2021 year on year. Oil sector has not been performing well, agric and services were the major contributors as such non oil sector is the main deal.

Highlighting the events of 2021, he said “The fact that inflation is coming down doesn’t mean that prices are not increasing. One in every three Nigerian is unemployed. Also the capacity of FG to earn revenue was constrained due to domestic borrowing.

“CBN has been trying to work modalities for growth, but we are importing more than we are exporting and also struggling with FDI has been totally eroded,”

On the Outlook, he said “Different Policy events will influence the economy such as implementation of national development plan, removal of fuel subsidy, election spending that may over bloat fiscal deficit, launch of Dangote refinery among others.

NESG CEO Laoye Jaiyeola said the interest of the NESG is the economy and what government must do to make it better.

He also commended the govt for launching the development plan because it was inclusive, he however stressed that it is not about the plan but the implementation, urging government to ensure adequate implementation.

Speaking further, he called on government to solve the challenges of forex, saying ” If we don’t resolve the challenge of FX, we may not achieve of the last mile, the demand is higher the supply and government must ensure how we boost supply and ensure appropriate pricing,”

He added that “Our Ports remain the less attractive in the continent and if that is not rectified, AfCFTA will not be achieved holistically because logistics cost alone is too high,”

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