The Senate on Tuesday acknowledged the pains being faced by many Nigerians as result of the dwindling fortunes of the Nation’s economy just as the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, is to appear before it today for briefing on possible way out.
Senate’s acknowledgment of the pains, came after having about two hours closed door session with the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele who briefed senators on the state of economy in line with earlier resolution passed to that effect in May this year.
In a statement issued by the leadership of the Senate, after the CBN governor’s briefing, the Senate admitted that these are indeed difficult times in Nigeria and all over the world going by information made available to them, some of which its Vice Chairman on Media and Publicity Committee, Senator Ben Bruce said may become too explosive if allowed into public domain.
The Senate in the said:
“Following an exhaustive response by the CBN governor and his team, the Senate acknowledged that these are indeed difficult times all over the world and not just Nigeria.
“The Senate also acknowledged the pains that many Nigerians may be facing at this time, especially in the light of increase in price of electricity and fuels”.
Senate’s leadership in the statement added that senators at the briefing raised issues concerning the banking system, the slippage in economic growth for the first quarter of 2016, the gradual rise in inflation, fall in foreign exchange reserves and policy coordination between the fiscal and monetary authorities.
The Senate however in the statement expresses its strong conviction that going by policies already put on ground by the CBN, that the Nation’s ailing economy would eventually come out of the woods.
It said: “Having carefully considered the policies of the CBN, the senate would like to commend and support these policies because they are mostly geared towards increasing local production, creating jobs here in Nigeria, safeguarding our commonwealth and expanding economic opportunities and growth in Nigeria.
“The Senate believes strongly in the resilience of the Nigerian economy and the ingenuity of the Nigerian people and as such, confident that we will all pull through these difficulties and come out as much better, equitable and prosperous nation”
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