Breaking down the concept of consumption to production in the country, the Labour Party flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi has revealed their envisaged path from consumption to production for Nigeria.
Mr. Obi stated this while analyzing the plans aimed at achieving various Sustainable Development Goals for the country.
According to the former governor of Anambra State, he presented a three-tracked plan aimed at achieving Goal 12 of the SDG, namely ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, Goal 9 of the SDGs, investment in infrastructure – energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors, among others.
He, however, promised to end leakages including the subsidy regime, and to improve the tax regime to ensure that Nigeria moves from consumption to production.
His statement read in parts:
“First, our focus will be on agriculture and production-centered growth for food security and export, with more emphasis on exporting finished products instead of commodities and raw materials. This relates mainly to food and textiles. Nigeria has over 84 million hectares of arable land. And barely 40% of our arable land is cultivated today. Nigeria’s arable land is her new oil and gold.
“Second, under Goal 9 of the SDGs,s our administration will from its inception, continue to encourage investment in infrastructure – energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors.
“We are eager to quickly close the infrastructure gap between now and 2030. We will expand the frontiers of financial inclusion to ensure that SMEs have greater access to credit to grow.
“We will work with financial institutions to improve their ability to identify creditworthy borrowers; and support inventory financing, which will help to unlock finance for SMEs dealing with high account receivables.
“We will enforce the legal framework protecting foreign investors and their indigenous partners. This is the only way to tamper with monopoly and capital flight.
“Third, as a nation, Nigeria must look beyond oil. We, therefore, intend to leapfrog Nigeria from oil to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by expanding physical infrastructure through market-driven reforms that will unleash growth-enabling entrepreneurship and market-creating innovations. To ensure sustainability and resilience, we will stop borrowing for consumption. All loans must be invested in regenerative projects. We shall pursue a drastic reduction in the cost of governance and corruption; improve the ease of doing business to attract Foreign Direct Investment to jumpstart industrialization and when borrowing is unavoidable, it will be strictly for production.
“It is also imperative that henceforth, we should strive to operate within available resources and strive for a balanced national budget as cost-saving measures.
“Whatever oil we still have will be refined domestically. These measures along with ending the leakages including the subsidy regime and improving our tax regime should do the magic of moving Nigeria from consumption to production.”