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Rewane: Nigeria needs domestic, international capital to attain $1.5trn GDP by 2030 

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Economist and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Bismarck Rewane has said Nigeria needs to attract both domestic and international capital to achieve a gross domestic product level of $1.5trn by 2030 when the country’s population would be 250 million.
Rewane, who is a member of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) initiatives, noted that this will lead to an accelerated, sustainable and inclusive growth for the country.
Nigeria has the largest GDP in Africa with $446.543bn growth.
 
He spoke at a public lecture to mark the 64th birthday of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Monday in Abuja.
The lecture which had “Building the Future of Nigeria through Enterprise and Innovation,” as its theme, was organised by a Pan-Nigerian coalition, Building the Future Forum (BTFF) in honour of the vice president.
He said that the country needs to grow the economy at seven to eight per cent a year for the next five – ten years based on an investment-led strategy.
Rewane warned that if we fail to do this very soon, the problems of multi-dimensional poverty, debt, and insecurity may consume us in the next decade.
He said: “We have our work cut out for us and if we are going to achieve accelerated, sustainable and inclusive growth, we need to attract domestic and international capital with its attendant investment multiplier to achieve a GDP level of $1.5trn by 2030 when our population could be 250mn or more.
“We need to grow the economy at least at 7-8 per cent a year for 5-10 years based on an investment-led strategy. If we fail to do this very soon, the problems of multidimensional poverty, debt, and insecurity may consume us in the next
decade.”
The financial analyst said that much work needed to be done despite Nigeria making remarkable achievements in the ease of doing business matrix,
According to him, Nigeria is the leading country according to the Economist Pocket Book of figures with 39.9 per cent of its citizens either as nascent or direct entrepreneurs.
On key accomplishment as a nation, he said the issue was not whether Nigeria has made some achievements and successes, but compared to its potential, Nigeria is still a laggard in many respects.
Rewane, while speaking on stolen assets, said it is necessary to recover stolen assets but it is not sufficient to solve Nigeria’s management problems.
“Nigeria today has made remarkable achievements in the ease of doing business matrix. Nigeria is the leading country according to the Economist Pocket Book of Figures with 39.9% of its citizens either as nascent or direct entrepreneurs.

“The issue however is not whether Nigeria has made some achievements and successes, but compared to its potential, Nigeria is still a laggard in many respects,” he said.

Rewane said the nation needs the intellectual depth of academics like Prof Osinbajo and people in public life who have candour like him who can make the private sector feel at ease in the policy-making community.
“We need the intellectual depth of academics like Prof Yemi. We need Godfearing clerics like Professor Oluleke. We need people in public life who have candor like Prof Osinbajo and more than anything else, we need people like him who can make the private sector feel at ease in the policy-making community,” he added.
At the event, Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State,  Rauf Aregbesola noted that Nigerians are very industrious but lacked the ability to generate enough output that would boost the country’s economic fortunes. 
According to the minister, Nigerians are not in anyway lazy, saying that they go about their jobs with diligence and dedication.
Despite their dedication, the minister lamented that the level of productivity of Nigerians was too low to salvage the country from the grips of poverty.
He made a comparison between a farmer in Nigeria who cultivates a hectare of land and another in China who cultivates the same one hectare of land, saying while that of Nigeria gets less yields despite all factors being in his favour, the Chinese farmer may end up getting better yields at the end of the exercise.
“Do not get me wrong, Nigerians are very hard working and industrious but when you look at the output compared to the efforts they put into their work is very very low, such kind of things cannot navigate the country out of poverty, “he stated.
Aregbesola also extolled the women folk on the occasion of commemorating the international women’s day, insisting that women are much more goal oriented than their male folks.
He said women are less prone to crimes and anti social vices in the society, stressing that during his administration as Osun state governor women appointed into sensitive offices delivered better results.
Osinbajo, who addressed the gathering virtually, commended the organisers for the honour.
The event was attended by Aregbesola; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state; Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi,
Others are: United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Nigeria, a representative of the Dantata family, Saad Dantata,  former Minister of State for Trade & Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, ex- Sports Minister Solomon Dalung.
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