ABUJA, The Nigerian Federal Government has commenced a detailed cost analysis and financing plan to achieve its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), says Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udo Udoma.

Addressing the 2017 Annual Public Lecture of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES) under the theme Economic Management under an Era of Downturn” here Thursday, he said a team of experts had been put together to work on the plan in collaboration with the Ministry of the Budget and relevant bodies..

Udoma, represented by his the Director of his Ministry’s Macro-economic Analysis, Tunde Lawal, said: We have commenced the development of the ERPG implementation plan. The implementation roadmap will provide more detailed strategies, timelines and deliverables of the plan on a year-by-year basis.

The team of experts is expected to work out a more detailed cost estimate and financing plan with detailed key performance indicators for implementing the plan.”

Udoma added that the government was committed to providing an enabling environment for business to strive and for that reason, it would continue to priotise spending on critical infrastructure. He said Nigerians would soon begin to feel the impact of the Presidential Enabling Environment Council, which aimed to improve the country’s ranking on ease of doing business.

Furthermore, there is a number of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects included in the 2017 budget in the areas of critical infrastructure. This is aimed at creating opportunities for the private sector to participate in the development of the country. Therefore, while government is committed to finding the resources to invest on infrastructure, the private sector and well meaning Nigerians should collectively create jobs and put our people back to work,” he said.

Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Economic Society, Professor Ben Aigbokhan, urged the Federal Government to identify and promote the development of sectors which Nigeria had comparative advantage over others. An example of the sectors are the manufacturing and industrial areas.

He said it was important for the government to implement policies that would lead to the industralisation of the country.

To do this, it was still necessary for the Central Bank of Nigeria to review its current exchange rate policy, to favour exporters and industrialists.

Aigbokhan also called on the Federal Government to fine-tune the ERPG, which could take the country out of recession and ensure a more sustainable growth in future.