Ways and Means: Bamidele lauds FG over N4.83trn refund

Sharon EboesomiApril 11, 20244 min

Bamidele also commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for settling $7 billion valid foreign exchange backlogs. 

Ways and Means: Bamidele lauds FG over N4.83trn refund
Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central) has lauded the Federal Government for restoring stability to the economic and fiscal spaces of the country.

This is as he disclosed that the Federal Government has paid back the sum of ₦4.83 trillion out of ₦30 trillion Ways and Means it had loaned from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The Senate Leader disclosed this in a statement to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr celebration on Wednesday, where he noted that Nigeria has started to see an inflow of foreign direct investments (FDIs).

The statement read, “I rejoice with the Muslim faithful as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr nationwide. Eid-el-Fitr marks the end of the 2024 Ramadan fasting, which started on March 10 and ended on April 9.  Within this timeframe, we must have learnt a lot of lessons, especially at this critical time in our history.

“Ramadan, I strongly believe, has again reminded us about the essence of forgiving others, ministering compassion to the less privileged, respect for human dignity, promoting peaceful co-existence and upholding propriety and piety in all facets of life, which we must all embrace irrespective of our ethnic and religious leanings.

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“These lessons are not meant for the period of Ramadan fasting only. Also, they are indeed principles and values, which should always guide and shape the life of every Nigerian, the quest of all businesses and conglomerates, the timeless task of building our fatherland as well as the decisions of the governments at all levels.

“Now that Ramadan has come to an end, these lessons should reflect in the way we support our governments to resolve the myriad of internal challenges that we face collectively as a federation. It should reflect in the way we intercede more for this federation to sustain the gains of economic stability and political cohesion that we have started experiencing in recent times. It should also reflect in our approaches to conducting businesses; running governments at all levels and discharging civic responsibilities daily. 

“Since the sustained implementation of pro-people macro-economic policies under this government, stability has started returning to economic and fiscal spaces. As against ₦1,900/$ in February 2024, the value of Naira is ₦1,117.5/$ as of Wednesday. This represents a gain of about 42% within the space of two months. 

“Besides, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has settled $7 billion valid foreign exchange backlogs. The federal government has paid back a whopping sum of ₦4.83 trillion out of ₦30 trillion ways and means it obtained from the CBN and the flow of foreign direct investments is improving by the day.”

Bamidele expressed optimism that as long as the National Assembly continues to push for fiscal stability, inflation will significantly decline.

“With these indices, the consumer price index, which measures inflation, will no doubt begin to drop significantly by mid-year as we sustain the drive for economic and fiscal stability. At the National Assembly, we are committed to providing much-needed parliamentary buffers that always support key public institutions to efficiently discharge their mandates consistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. 

“Sustaining our drive for economic stability, political cohesion and social inclusion no doubt demands the outright adherence to the essence of Eid-el-Fitr, which in entirety forbids the sabotage of government policies, the quest for profiteering, the exploitation of our collective resources and the sponsoring of internal disharmony, all in the name of selfish interest and political aspiration.”

STAR Check: Nigerians, particularly, constituents of Ekiti Central District, can keep tabs on the legislative performance of Sen. Bamidele throughout the 10th senate here.

Sharon Eboesomi

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