The presidency has linked Nigeria’s exit from recession to the success of the federal government’s ongoing economic sustainability plan (ESP).
The ESP was approved by the federal executive council (FEC) in June 2020 to stimulate the economy.
EkocityMagazine had reported that Nigeria’s economy grew by 0.11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020 after two consecutive quarters of negative growth which resulted in a recession.
The Vice resident, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in a statement on Sunday, through his media aide, Laolu Akande, said Nigerians should expect more as the implementation of the ESP gathers momentum.
He said the Q4 report shows that the recovery of Nigeria’s economy is on a steady path.
“The plan is aimed, among others, at preventing a deep recession and putting cash in the hands of Nigerians after the economic fallouts of the pandemic,” Akande said.
“Right from the 2020 third quarter, the economy was already on a rebound. The latest fourth-quarter figures show that indeed, the recovery of the Nigerian economy is a steady one.
“Like we explained late last year after the release of the third-quarter figures, the ESP, which was a calculated intervention by the Federal Government, is driving the Nigerian economy in the right direction – upwards.
“Nigerians can expect more because the administration is unrelenting in its determination to pursue the steady recovery and growth of our economy.”
The presidential spokesperson said the ESP is entering into “an even more potent phase” with the revving up of plans to install five million solar installations across the country.
Giving an update on the ESP progress, Akande said the social mass housing plan would result in hundreds of thousands of affordable houses for ordinary Nigerians.
He noted that so far, the survival fund was making waves with MSMEs, artisans, transport workers, and that people were collecting N50,000 monthly from the payroll support scheme.
“Already about 311,000 employees have received the payroll support coming from 64,000 businesses nationwide and over 165,000 artisans have also benefited from the Survival Fund. In all, the Survival Fund is on course to safeguard at least 1.3 million jobs,” Akande said.
“Underway also is the Government Off-take Scheme, GOS, where the Federal Government will pump an additional N15 billion to support Nigerian-owned businesses by off-taking a number of products in a bid to keep businesses alive and create jobs.
“The GOS will cover products such as facemasks, liquid soaps, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and other processed foods and spices.
“Altogether, the GOS will benefit 100,000 MSMEs, while an additional 100,000 Nigerians will also be benefiting from a one-off N50,000 MSME grant different from those already paid to artisans, transport workers and separate from the payroll support.”