FG Attracts $30bn FDIs to Nigeria – Minister

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammed Idris, while meeting with the business community in Kano, on Friday, said the Federal Government has attracted 30 billion dollars Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to the real sector of the economy.
“These investment commitments covering manufacturing, telecoms, healthcare, oil and gas, and others are already being realised.
“The Nigerian economy grew by 3.46 per cent (year-on-year) in Q4 2023, compared to 2.54 per cent in the preceding quarter; a better performance than anticipated.
“Capital importation into Nigeria was up 66 per cent in Q4 2023, compared to Q3 2023, reversing a 36 per cent decline in the previous quarter.”
According to him, President Bola Tinubu’s new Oil and Gas policy reforms programme when implemented will generate a billion cubic feet per day additional gas supply, as well as create 2.3 million jobs.
The Minister said that it would boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 17 billion dollars, Compress Nigeria’s oil and gas contracting cycle from 38 months to six months.
The Minister also said that the new tax incentives being implemented had the potential to attract up to 10 billion dollars in new oil and gas investment.
He said that the New Presidential Policy  would reduce operating costs for oil and gas operations in Nigeria,
Which was higher than global average.
Idris said that already, Nigeria’s oil production had risen from 1.22 mbpd in Q2 2023 to 1.6 mbpd in Q1 2024 Post Oil Subsidy Removal Economic Relief / Interventions:
“These interventions are designed to serve as palliatives in the short and medium-term, while we wait to reap the long-term benefits of the reforms.
” The Federal Government has commenced Cash Transfer of N25,000 monthly to 15 million of the poorest and most vulnerable households in Nigeria, intended for a three-month period.”
 He said that already, about 3,140,819 households had received initial payments before the programme was suspended for review and reform.
The minister said that all these programmes were geared toward boosting the nation’s economy.
Earlier, the Chairman, Kano Business Community Alhaji Sabiu Bako, said the community was facing some challenges which had impacted negatively on the economy.
He appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that they were carried along in the interventions.
“We are calling on Mr President to expedite action in restoring  adequate power supply, completion and utilisation of AKK pipe gas line, and that programmes and inventions meant for boosting farming reached the target groups.

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