At the Stakeholders Interactive Workshop on the Nigerian power sector organised on February 7 by the National Assembly, Stakeholders in Nigeria’s business and financial sector want Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to take decisive steps on the lingering dollar shortage, Niger Delta issues and the activities of Fulani herdsmen.
On the front burner, was also the issue of Joint Venture Cash call debts, which have not received much traction since an agreement on exit was reached, to ensure that the Forcados terminal comes back on stream as well as resolve persisting issues on the 41 items excluded from accessing dollars at the official inter bank foreign exchange market.
The stakeholders insist that delaying action on the key economic issues would mean more hardship for Nigerians.
“One is not suggesting an ambush but the constitution is clear and recognises the Acting President’s leading position and constitutional mandate. Just as president Buhari did well by writing the National Assembly for his vice to act on his behalf. What else does the acting president require to act on some issues of urgency and importance?” asked a business stakeholder.
In response to stakeholders’ fears, Osinbajo promised yesterday, 7 February that government is committed to engaging with the people and fixing the economy, while commending the police for handling the protests for economic resurgence with professionalism.
“We are committed to a continuous engagement with our people to explain government policies, receive advice and criticism.”
He added that cabinet ministers have gone round eight states so far, holding town hall meetings.