Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, took centre stage at the #NigeriaAt63 public lecture and symposium titled “Actualizing the Vision of Renewed Hope for Socio-Economic Development Through Effective Leadership.”
Addressing the gathering, Sen. Akume shed light on critical aspects of Nigeria’s socio-economic potential that could be unlocked through the implementation of policies and programmes by the current administration.
He said the thematic choice gains added relevance as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently urged global leaders to partner with Nigeria for business and development during his address at the United Nations General Assembly.
Senator Akume emphasised that the gathering provided an opportunity for Nigerians to delve into their economic potential and explore how government policies and programmes could serve as catalysts for achieving the ambitious goal of becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2030.
He assured attendees that his office, as the coordinating body for implementing government policies and decisions, had made comprehensive preparations to document and propagate the symposium’s critical outcomes to the highest levels of political leadership.
“In cases where additional expertise and insights are needed, esteemed national think-tank institutions such as the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER) would be engaged”, he added.
Vice President Sen. Kashim Shettima reassured Nigerians that the promises made by the Tinubu administration will be steadfastly fulfilled.
The Vice President emphasised the government’s commitment to building a nation where every citizen’s economic independence is guaranteed.
Highlighting the significance of this anniversary, Sen. Shettima underscored that the promises made to Nigerians were not mere electoral performances but sincere commitments to the nation’s future.
The Vice President laid out key priorities for the administration, including driving food security, poverty eradication, facilitating access to capital, enhancing national security, and optimising the business environment to foster economic growth and job creation. He also emphasised the importance of upholding the rule of law and fighting corruption.
Sen. Shettima recognized the sacrifices made by Nigerians and affirmed that these sacrifices are investments in a brighter future that will secure the well-being of current and future generations.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, called on the Federal Government to consider increasing workers’ salaries to mitigate the current economic situation and advised the administration to leverage existing synergy among different arms of government to provide democracy dividends
The guest speaker, Dr. Goke Adegoroye, commended President Tinubu’s steps in repositioning governance and resetting the economy.
However, he urged the administration to prioritise key aspects of the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda to ensure a broad impact across various sectors of the economy.
Reporting by Muzha Kucha; Abdullahi Lamino and Saadatu Albashir