Mr. Kyari Abba Buka is the Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG. In this interview with Vanguard, he spoke on some issues bedevilling the Nigerian economy, way forward, and activities of the forthcoming 21st summit slated for Abuja from October 13-15, 2015.
What is the objective of this 21ST summit?
The objective or rather let
me start with the theme of the 21st summit. In Nigeria, we’ve been
having the summit every year for the last 21 years since the Nigerian
Economy Summit, Group was founded. This year’s theme is basically
achieving competitiveness, inclusive growth and sustainability.
In economy such as ours, government especially with this new
dispensation may indeed make tough choices because the things about the
execution of strategy for an enterprise or for a country is that one
must have the discipline and determination to say that these are the
most important things that we need to pay attention to and we need to
execute them. And for Nigeria, we have to be in a hurry to fix some of
these issues; we have to be competitive or to be globally competitive
and we cannot exonerate ourselves from the rest of the world. We have to
pay attention to our infrastructure problem, and when people talk about
the infrastructure and investment in infrastructure, it is of course to
us the rail , roads, the water , our airport etc.
The infrastructure is all the basic ingredients, that if they are in
good running condition, the economy would continue to grow at a faster
rate. Now, that of course, requires a lot of money and time to achieve.
However, the discussion to be expected in the summit is to pay
attention to those aspects of the economy that would be fixing them and
will basically catalyse to growth. We have reported that in the past 10
years or so that Nigeria had grown at the average of 7 percent and so
on and so forth. But these in my own personal views were not all that
inclusive growth. Nobody has kept statistics of that growth whether
that growth is commensurate with employment growth, and how it affects
the basic lives of the average citizens.