Security, key to Nigeria’s economy recovery – Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said the security of lives and property remains central to Nigerian’s economy recovery as foreign investors would find the business climate unfriendly if the current security challenges in parts of the country persist.

He said this while he was taking the Keynote Address at 14th annual Daily Trust Dialogue which held in Abuja on Thursday.

Dogara said that the fact that Nigeria economy is in recession is no longer in doubt but the National Assembly has not gone to sleep as they are working with the executive arm of government on getting the economy back on its feet.

He said that it is significant we are looking at what needs to be done beyond the recession and this is time we should listen, especially those who control men and resources.

He said ways of doing government in Nigeria should be reviewed to protect the lives of businessmen.

He talked about the need to ease ways of doing business in Nigeria to protect investors from being kidnapped or killed.

Dogara said: “The point is ease of doing business versus the right to life which should come first?”

“Can we find an investor out there who is willing to do business with his life?”, he added.

The Speaker also said a democracy that cannot protect the lives of its citizens cannot attract foreign investors.

He also said that If Nigeria does not compete, she cannot innovate and if she cannot innovate, she cannot compete with other countries.

He said innovation is central to achieving a strong economy because anyone who out-innovate other countries will definitely outsmart them.


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