Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udoma Udo Udoma, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is not responsible for Nigerians’ woes.
He was answering questions from State House correspondents after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting where the Vice President, governors of the 36 states of the federation and key ministers in the cabinet gathered for what looked like a presentation of their scorecard for the last one year.
Mr. Udoma said that the present government was on a rescue mission to correct the damage done by previous governments.
He blamed the current economic crisis on the financial mismanagement of the last regime for failing to save despite the free flow of resources from the sales of crude oil.
The Minister also explained the plan period of 2017 and 2020 and the efforts to grow the economy.
Corroborating the Minister’s position, Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, said that those heaping the blames on the Buhari government are uncharitable and therefore should be ignored.
According to him, the NEC also identified some of the areas where the administration has performed despite the difficult times, and what they need to do, going forward.
NEC took examples from the revolution going on in Lagos and Anambra states, but most of all applauded the Vice President for the way and manner he has integrated the state governments into the economic policies of the administration.
This integration, they noted was lacking before.
Council then said that there will be greater collaboration between the state and federal government in the new year.