Nigeria is moving in the right direction economically but its movements are not fast, the United Nations stated.
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, said this during a meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in Abuja.
She said the challenges in Nigeria were huge, its population large but described the country’s economy as great with lots of opportunities.
Amina Mohammed said, “This is a country that is diverse in nature, ethnicity, religious backgrounds and opportunities. But these are its strengths, not weaknesses. “And I think the narrative for Nigeria has to change to one that is very much the reality.”
Speaking on her trips across parts of Nigeria, she said, “What I saw along the way is really a country that is growing, that is moving in the right direction economically. Is it fast enough? No. Is it in the right direction? Yes it is.
“And the challenges still remain with security, our social cohesion and social contract between government and the people. But I know that people are working on these issues.”
She said the UN recognized the reforms in Nigeria and other nations, adding that the common global agenda was the Sustainable Development Goals.
On his part, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, told his guest that the Federal Government was working hard to make Nigeria the entrepreneurial hub of Africa.
The Punch Newspaper, 2021
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