DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has solicited for more support and closer partnership of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, in its efforts to address the nation’s economic challenges. He stated this while receiving on behalf of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, a delegation of the African Department of the IMF which paid a courtesy visit to the Senate, yesterday. Ekweremadu, who thanked the IMF for its support, however, said Nigeria needs more support and collaboration at this particularly challenging period. “The IMF has shown keen interest in the development of Nigeria. We believe that we need greater collaboration at this time of our challenges and we also believe that whatever support and technical assistance we are going to get will be tailored to our own needs, which is also peculiar to us, because every country has its own challenges and peculiar circumstances. “We believe that working together and taking cognisance of our peculiar circumstances, we will be able to find solutions to our problems. We will work together to build a country where food, shelter and other basic needs are affordable for all.” Earlier in his address, the new Director, African Department, IMF, Mr. Abebe Selassie, said he was in Nigeria to have a firsthand assessment of the country and to discuss the economic challenges. He reassured the Senate that the global body would work hand-in-hand with Nigeria
to address its economic challenges. “I just took over as Head of the African Department. This is my first country visit. I wanted to come to Nigeria because it is the largest economy. In my new capacity, what I know is what is on paper and I wanted to come here and talk to the people and get a better sense of how you see the challenges and what you have to do to address them.”

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