The Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, has hailed the international community for their support towards the successful execution of the National Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).
Prof. Yemi Osibanjo Spoke on Thursday at a virtual meeting with his representatives of the international community from the European Union (EU), the United States (US), agencies of the United Nations (UN), United Kingdom (UK), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank.
Mr. Niyi Adebayo, who is the Minister for industry, Trade and Investment Minister, a member of the Economic Sustainability Committee, attended.
Prof. Yemi Osibanjo rightly applauded their commitment to Nigeria’s to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the country will never take advantage of the crises to effect significant changes in the trying times in Nigerian economic sectors.
” We intend to implement that as strictly as possible. We hope that when we get to some of the more technical aspects and full implementation, we will then be able to work with you and see in what areas you will be in the position to assist.
” We are working towards ensuring that we take full advantage of the crisis. There is no question at all as to our determination to ensure that we can quickly surmount the challenges.”
Prof. Yemi Osibanjo restated the federal government’s condolence on the killing of five aid workers by Terrorist group Boko Haram.
“We want to support the vision of (Nigerian) government in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Economic Sustainability Plan gives us the opportunity.”
At the meeting were Ketil Karlsen, Head, EU Delegation to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria; and ECOWAS; Chris Pycroft, Head, Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria; Catriona Laing, UK High Commissioner to Nigeria (represented by John Primrose, Acting Commissioner); and Mohamed Yahya, Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria.
Others were, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS; Kurt Cornelis, Head of Cooperation, Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director, World Bank; Jesmin Rahman, Representative and Chief of Mission, International Monetary Fund (IMF), among others.