Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has expressed optimism that NigeriaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economic pro-blems will be solved, noting that the problem with the economy was not potentials but implemen-tation. She also called on all stakeholders to support efforts geared towards reviewing the economy.
Iweala, who said this yesterday in Lagos at the 15th anniversary of Hallmarks of Labour, stressed the need to make the young generation believe in Nigeria.
She said: Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been seven weeks since I came back, but its like seven years because the amount of work we need to do in terms of economy is tremendous. But I am optimistic that we can solve them. I keep saying it that NigeriaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s problems are not insolvable. We need to give our young people the opportunity to be optimistic.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Okonjo-Iweala also urged Nigerians to think more of how to assist the government and not what the government can do. She said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I said last year that the problem we have is about implementation and not potentials.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nigerians are tired of hearing about economic potentials. They want implementations. We need the support of eve-ryone. Each person has a role to play. The problem has to be solved by us.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬â„¢I have never seen an occasion where Nige-rians, who worked so hard and not those who bought it with money, are honoured like this.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Also speaking at the event, Former federal Education Secretary, Prof Ben Nwabueze (SAN), stressed the need to allow ethnic nationalities create a new constitution for Nigeria. He also noted that the Senate does not have the power to review or make a constitution for the country.