CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation, Ali Wakili, has expressed optimism that Nigeria would get out of its economic recession, following the commitment of the federal government to ensure full implementation of the budget. Senator Wakili, representing Bauchi South, stated this at the weekend in an interview with journalists shortly after distributing motorcycles and tricycles to supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as Sallah gifts in Bauchi. He expressed worry over the technical recession declared by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, but expressed optimism that Nigeria will get out of it. “Though the issue of the recession is very worrisome, but it is not restricted to Nigeria alone, it is universal because other countries are also experiencing the same, almost all members of OPEC that are relying on oil are affected by recession. “But we will get out of recession with the diversification that the federal government is indulging in, interms of agriculture and solid minerals and the fact that it is committed to the full implementation of the budget through ensuring that capital funds releases are done so that the economy will be boosted, recession will soon be a thing of the past,” he said. Senator Wakili urged governors to ensure the payment of all outstanding salaries to civil servants, saying once they pay all outstanding salaries, the recession will not be felt because in almost all the states, internal economy is predicated on payment of salaries. He appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the government, saying nobody is denying that there is hardship in the country, but it will soon be over. “We all need to be good citizens and let change begin from each and everyone of us like the president has said. We need not depend on government alone. We need to go back to backyard farming, poultry and animal husbandry because those are the things that sustained our parents and grandparents.” He pointed out that as good citizens, Nigerians must make sure that things were correctly done, and parents should give good moral upbringing to their children. On sallah celebration, the senator urged citizens of the state to live in peace with one another irrespective of religious and ethnic differences.


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