Tinubu’s reform programmes working – Alake

The minister of solid minerals development, Dr. Dele Alake, has said the reforms of President Bola Tinubu’s administration had started manifesting in the resurgence of the nation’s economy. 

He said this Thursday while playing host to a delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) Professionals Forum led by a former Bauchi state governor, Isa Yuguda.

Alake noted that Tinubu’s progressive leadership and courage in making difficult decisions was turning the tide and thus putting the economy on a strong footing. 

“The president has chosen to leave a legacy of making difficult decisions that would herald enduring structures that will not only outlast the administration, but also make it impossible for successive administrations to deviate from. The society would have become used to a certain standard of service delivery at the end of the Tinubu administration that Nigerians will no more settle for anything less,” he said.

According to the minister, it has become evident that the temporary pains of reforms are beginning to ease, and cited the resurgence of the Naira and emerging stability in the forex market.

He highlighted the administration’s efforts towards infrastructural renewal, citing the Lagos-Calabar coastal road which he stated on completion would shorten travel time to the Cross River state capital to two and half hours. 

On completion of that coastal road, the amount of tourism that would be generated along that axis is unimaginable. It would be one of the longest tourism coast town drives in Africa, not to mention the ease of movement of goods and services, the economic impact of ports along the route and it will finally link up to Sokoto, a project which has been in the pipeline for more than 30 years.”

Responding, Yuguda commended the efforts to sanitise and attract global attention to the mining sector, and emphasised that solid minerals remained the key to the country’s economic prosperity.

On the entourage were a former governor of Adamawa state and member of the Forum’s Board of Trustees (BoT), James Ngilare; a former deputy governor of Anambra state, Dr. Nkem Okeke; Akeem Akintayo, amongst others.