Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose and Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday disagreed on the controversy of selling the national assets to finance 2016 budget to save Nigeria from economic recession.
While Aregbesola was of the view that the nation’s “idle assets” ought to be sold-out to finance the budget, Fayose disagreed saying selling national assets amounts to auctioning Nigeria.
The duo expressed their views at a ceremony organized in Ado Ekiti by the Ekiti state government where Aregbesola delivered a keynote speech as a part of the activities to mark the 20th anniversary of creation of Ekiti State.
Aregbesola urged the federal government to sell off idle national assets and spare the useful ones. Besides, he urged aggressive effort on agriculture, combined efforts to end oil pipeline vandalism and regional integration towards significant development.
“We should revive agriculture, particularly food production. Agriculture provides us raw materials for industries and aids in no little measure in economic development. If we can improve on our productivity in food production through agriculture, we will eliminate hunger in our land.
But Fayose said, ” i am completely opposed to the sale of the national asset, as selling the national asset is like selling Nigeria at give -away price: selling our national assets merely amounts to auctioning Nigeria. If we sell the assets because the country is in recession, what would be left of Nigeria? What would we call our own? Selling of assets is like bringing the country more backward. If we sell the assets to finance this year’s budget what would we sell next year?”
He advised the federal government to look above its party and assemble economists, financial specialists that would assist the President in his drive to bring the nation out of the current economic quagmire
culled from: daily trust