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Kemi Adeosun ‘Saudi Arabia is selling assets too,’ Minister says

Mrs Adeosun made the comments during a meeting with a group of senior journalists in Abuja over the weekend.

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Nigeria's Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun speaks after the inauguration of the Efficiency Unit during an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde play Nigeria's Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun speaks after the inauguration of the Efficiency Unit during an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun has said that Nigeria would not be alone in selling its assets as Saudi Arabia is doing the same.

The Federal Government is planning to dispose of some national assets in order to raise much needed funds to boost the economy and end the current recession.

Mrs Adeosun made the comments during a meeting with a group of senior journalists in Abuja over the weekend.

“The infrastructure challenges we face are so serious and the kind of money that we need, we can’t borrow because when you have an accumulated deficit, you need to look for the money that will sustain what you are doing for the next three to four years. So, that is what we are looking at and having a more strategic approach so that, over time, we will borrow less, which, of course, is good in the long run,” she said according to Leadership.

“I think there are lots of assets being considered. There are some unused assets that are just lying idle and people have come and said, ‘These things you are not using, can we lease it from you?”

“I think when you are looking for money, some things that government is sitting on, we don’t have money to do them and so it makes sense for me to unlock those things as it will bring money to the economy at these difficult times so that we can move forward.”

“I don’t think we have got to the stage where we say it’s this or that asset. The conversation now should be: should we just keep borrowing, or now that things have got to this stage, we should start to dislodge some under-utilized assets. And it’s not exclusive to us: Saudi Arabia is selling some of its oil assets. So if you sell an asset and use it to finance another asset which is going to give you more, then I don’t have a problem with that," she added.

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Mrs Adeosun earlier said that she doesn’t know when the recession will end but it might last longer than predicted.

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