Goodluck Jonathan Oil prices, not ex-president’s policies made economy grow – Fashola

Fashola added that the economic growth witnessed during the Jonathan era was due to high oil prices not government policies.

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola play

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

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Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said that the Goodluck Jonathan administration can’t claim credit for the growth of Nigeria’s economy during its time.

Fashola added that the economic growth witnessed during the Jonathan era was due to high oil prices not government policies.

“In the last decade or so, we experienced growth in the region of about seven, seven and a half, eight percent, but the commentary that followed those growth records was that people were still struggling, and ultimately, the public coined a narrative known as non-inclusive growth,” he said according to The Cable.

“There is a need to invest in infrastructure, and that is the meat of the point. That is the globally tested parameter for driving growth. In the science of economic management and governance, nobody has found a different way.

“I say this in the context of those who are tempted to lay some claim to any form of credit about why our economy was growing at seven percent for almost a decade, and I say very very clearly, without mincing words, that I don’t that anybody can fairly lay claim to any economic policy that drove that growth.

“It was growth that was driven by high oil prices. If we agree that infrastructure is the driver of growth, when you get high oil prices, what do you do with it? So, where are those towers, where are those bridges, where are those highways?

“It is fair to concede some initiatives, especially in the same sector in the petroleum industry, about promoting local content, but how far did local content go? It wasn’t in the productive part of oil, the rigs were not locally made, and all the technology wasn’t local,” he added.

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The Muhammadu Buhari administration has frequently blamed Jonathan’s administration for the current economic crisis.

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