President Muhammadu Buhari says the private sector will continue to play an important role towards inclusive growth in the country.
He made the comment on Wednesday, while in audience with the executives of Nigeria employers consultative Association at the State House, Abuja.
The Nigerian leader said government under his leadership, created a lot of jobs in the past four years and will not relent in doing so.
He said: “Nigeria’s Private Sector remains the main platform for inclusive growth. Over the past four years, this administration focused on creating an enabling environment for Nigerian businesses to flourish and grow.
“We invested a lot of time and effort through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council to improve Nigeria’s Ease of Doing Business. We also implemented various policies and programs to support job creation in Agriculture, Mining and other key sectors. We also invested in infrastructure projects especially, Transportation and Power sectors.”
President Buhari stated that the Nigerian government will continue to implement policies that will discourage the importation of goods, in order to create more jobs.
“Nigeria is a blessed country with abundant resources. We have all it takes locally to meet our most basic needs. Our history of unnecessary importation of the most basic items meant we were exporting jobs to other countries at the expense of our own citizens.
This Administration is determined and taking steps to bring these jobs back to Nigeria. Our policies are simply designed for that. There is no doubt; the implementation of such policies will not be hitch free. As you have pointed out, there are challenges in some areas that need to be addressed. I want to assure you that we are looking into these and other matters to ensure we have a sustainable platform for businesses to succeed.
He however said the journey is a long one that requires patience, understanding and perseverance.
The President enjoined employers of labour to engage government by providing honest and constructive feedback.
“Together, we can build a Nigeria that we will all be proud of,” he said.
He assured his visitors that government will continue to support their efforts as Employers of labour and vital institutions in the country.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Acting President of NECA, Taiwo Adeniyi, said the association, being the umbrella body of business organisations in Nigeria, has been the voice of business entities on diverse issues, aimed at improving the business environment in the country.
He pleaded with government to reduce the numerous taxes currently being paid by business entities, which he said are usually duplicated.
Adeniyi assured that employers of labour in the private sector are very much in support of the newly approved minimum wage, adding that some of them are already paying beyond the stipulated N30, 000.