How I’ll lead Nigeria from consumption to production – Obi

Our reporter| Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, on Monday, revealed how he will move Nigeria from consumption to production if elected president in 2023.

Obi has consistently argued that only a move to a more productive economy can guarantee a prosperous future for a country where most of its citizens currently live below the poverty line.

In a series of tweets, the former Anambra state governor broke down the concept of Consumption to Production, and pledged that he will, with his team have a three-tracked plan aimed at achieving Goal 12 of the SDG, namely ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

“First, our focus will be on agriculture and production-centered growth for food security and export, with more emphasis on exporting finished products instead of commodities and raw materials, he said.

“This relates mainly food and textiles. Nigeria has over 84 million hectares of arable land. And barely 40% of our arable land is cultivated today. Nigeria’s arable land is her new oil and gold.

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“Second, pursuant to Goal 9 of the SDGs our administration will from its inception, continue to encourage investment in infrastructure – energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors.

“We are eager to quickly close the infrastructure gap between now and 2030. We will expand the frontiers of financial inclusion to ensure that SMEs have greater access to credit to grow.

“We will work with financial institutions to improve their ability to identify credit worthy borrowers; and support inventory financing, which will help to unlock finance for SMEs dealing with high account receivables.

“We will enforce the legal framework protecting foreign investors and their indigenous partners. This is the only way to tamper monopoly and capital flight.

“Third, as a nation, Nigeria must look beyond oil. We, therefore, intend to leapfrog Nigeria from oil to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by expanding physical infrastructure through market-driven reforms that will unleash growth-enabling entrepreneurship and market-creating innovations.

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“To ensure sustainability and resilience, we will stop borrowing for consumption. All loans must be invested in regenerative projects. We shall pursue a drastic reduction in cost of governance and corruption; improve ease of doing business to attract Foreign Direct Investment to jumpstart industrialization and when borrowing is unavoidable, it will be strictly for production,” he explained.

Obi further stated that it is imperative that henceforth, Nigeria should strive to operate within available resources and strive for a balanced national budget as cost-saving measure.

According to him, whatever oil the nation still has, will be refined domestically.

He added that these measures along with ending the leakages including the subsidy regime and improving Nigeria’s tax regime should do the magic of moving Nigeria from consumption to production.

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