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Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed – Economy doing well under Buhari than previous govts

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According to Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, the Buhari-led administration has performed admirably in comparison to how it handled the economy in 2015.

Ahmed made this statement following the Federal Executive Council, or FEC, meeting on July 27 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, which was presided over by President Buhari.

She responded to a question about the state of the economy as follows:

“Thank you for that question. First of all, let me address a question on the issue of the economy, as to whether the administration has done well. The administration has done very well.

I need to remind us all here that in 2015, the administration came on and met a crisis in the oil and gas sector; we had the first slump in crude oil prices and a very significant slump in crude oil production.

There was a time the volumes went as low as one million barrels per day. We were able to take measures to reflate the economy and exit recession within three quarters. By the fourth quarter, we were out of recession.

Secondly, we had a second recession due to COVID-19. That was even a shorter recession and we have seen now up to five quarters of positive growth. So, the economy has been growing, despite very, very difficult circumstances.

The other thing I need to remind us is that this administration has been able to realize the lowest oil and gas revenue, compared to all previous administrations, but it has also been able to do much more in terms of deployment of infrastructure. So, the administration has done well.” she said

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