Expert advocates more technocrats to consolidate economy

Mr Boniface Okezie, President, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria.

An Economist, Mr Boniface Okezie has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint more technocrats in his cabinet to reposition the economy.

Okezie, who is President, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, gave the suggestion in an interview with news correspondents in Lagos, South-West Nigeria on Thursday.

He also said the appointment of technocrats to replace those that resigned their appointment, would consolidate on the gains recorded by the present administration.

The Ministers that resigned their appointments include: Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan; Kemi Adeosun, Finance while Dr Kayode Fayemi, Solid Minerals also did so to enable him contest the Ekiti state governorship election.

Okezie said the administration should not be filled with politicians or party loyalists alone at the expense of strengthening the economy.

He said this was necessary, especially now that the government was entrenching fiscal discipline in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

The economist said that the government’s second term agenda should emphasize more on the completion of key infrastructure that would accelerate growth:

“The railway infrastructure that connects the south with other parts of the country should be completed, as scheduled, to open up the economy.

“The energy challenge should be given more attention, because it is the link to our quest for industrialization.”

He also stressed the need for the government to resolve the issues in the petroleum industry, to put an end to the needless crises in the sector.

Amaka E. Nliam