President Bola Tinubu says Nigerians will soon start reaping the benefits of the “tough” decisions taken by his administration.
The president spoke on Tuesday at the green economy summit in Minna, the capital of Niger state.
The two-day programme with the theme — ‘Sustainable future: Harnessing green assets and innovation for Niger state’s prosperity’, is organised by the state government.
Represented by Sabi Abdullahi, minister of state for agriculture, Tinubu said the economic policies rolled out by his administration would soon start yielding results.
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“Permit me to say, to show the President’s commitment to the enthronement of a green economy, just yesterday (Monday) at the federal executive council, a new solid mineral development policy was approved,” he said.
“And this policy will definitely align and benefit the green economy that you (Umar Bago, Niger governor) have envisioned for Niger state because the policy is emphasising removing all forms of illegality that are desecrating and destroying our environment.
“It also intends to ensure a new principle of resource-use efficiency while allowing people who will want to operate legally to do so in the mining sector.”
The president said he is committed to the “enthronement” of a green economy over the next couple of years.
Tinubu said he is “aware of all the difficulties occasioned” by some of the tough decisions that have to be taken by his government.
“Give us your understanding and as we make this powerful sacrifice, the gains of our sacrifice are just a short minute or short hours away from us,” he said.
“Very soon, we shall begin to reap the benefits of these tough decisions as our economy will bounce back and for us.”
Tinubu said food security which is his number one priority, would also begin to get the full attention it deserves