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Tinubu establishes Presidential Economic Coordination Council and Emergency Taskforce

Initiative Aims to Bolster Economic Resilience and Growth Amid Challenges

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President Bola Tinubu has unveiled a robust economic coordination framework with the establishment of a Presidential Economic Coordination Council (PECC) and an Economic Management Team Emergency Taskforce (EET). The move, announced on Wednesday, underscores the administration’s commitment to addressing economic challenges and fostering resilience and growth.

Comprising 31 members, the PECC includes prominent figures such as the Vice President, Senate President, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, and key ministers. This council will spearhead strategic economic planning and coordination efforts at the highest level of governance.

Simultaneously, Tinubu established a 19-member EET Emergency Taskforce, tasked with meeting twice weekly to formulate a comprehensive six-month economic intervention plan for 2024. The swift approval of the taskforce by the Federal Executive Council underscores the urgency of the economic situation and the government’s commitment to decisive action.

The overarching goal of these initiatives is to enhance economic governance, streamline policymaking, and drive impactful interventions to tackle prevailing economic challenges. Tinubu emphasized the importance of coordinated efforts to address issues such as inflation and currency instability, which have significantly impacted Nigerians.

“The President gave a directive that he wants a single-digit tax in the country… By God’s grace, we will not introduce additional taxes nor increase any form of tax. We are only determined to increase the pie,” Tinubu stated, emphasizing the administration’s focus on expanding the economic landscape rather than burdening citizens with additional taxes.

The formation of the PECC and the EET reflects a comprehensive approach to economic management, drawing on expertise from the public and private sectors. Notable private sector representatives on the PECC include industry leaders like Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu, underscoring the importance of collaboration between government and business in driving economic progress.

Furthermore, Tinubu’s administration aims to expedite the implementation of key economic initiatives to address immediate challenges while laying the groundwork for sustained growth. The establishment of the EET underscores the administration’s commitment to agile decision-making and rapid intervention to address pressing economic concerns.

As Nigeria grapples with economic complexities exacerbated by factors such as inflation and currency fluctuations, Tinubu’s initiatives signal a proactive approach to economic governance. By leveraging the expertise of diverse stakeholders and adopting a coordinated strategy, the administration aims to navigate challenges and chart a path towards economic resilience and prosperity.

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