Udoma Minister calls for partnership between government and private sector

Mr. Udo Udoma made the remark while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), in Abuja on Thursday.

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Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

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Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma says a healthy partnership between government and the private sector will see the economy grow much faster.

He made the remark while receiving a delegation from the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), in Abuja on Thursday.

The minister acknowledged the private sector as the engine room of development.

He told NACCIMA that the present administration was fully committed to building an investment friendly environment for the organised private sector.

"This is part of why this year’s budget gave prominence to infrastructure development," Udoma said.

He said the private sector required sound and effective infrastructure to operate, assuring that government was doing everything possible to ensure that the engine room of the economy runs smoothly.

He explained that the desire of government to ensure the smooth running of the economy was why it deliberately decided that the 2016 budget aligned with planning needs.

Udoma pointed out that the structure of the budget was very good as it did not only address development needs but did not entirely depend on oil as its only source of funding.

To ensure the proper tracking of the economy, the minister told the delegation that the Federal Government had set up a special budget performance tracking committee.

The minister disclosed that the committee, whose duty also involved full tracking of the performance of the 2016 Budget, was being chaired by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.

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