President Muhammadu Buhari has snubbed leaders of the private sector in the composition of his economic team, details released by the Presidency has revealed.
Private sector leaders have long criticized Buhari for what they contend has been a failure to reach out to the business community as the economy slide deeper with the country facing depression.
According to Dr. Biyi Akomolafe, a Lagos based economist, President Buhari goofed on his decision to ignore members of the private sector in his economic management team.
PerSecondNews reports that Akomolafe wondered why these Captains of industry and entrepreneurs that will drive the Nigerian economy are being left out in the cold.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic management team has been meeting and engaging representatives of the private sector.
Akande also revealed that unlike what obtained in the past, Buhari’s administration did not make anybody from the private sector a member of the economic management team.
He said that the economic management team is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He listed the team’s key members as including the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godswin Emefiele; and Dr Abraham Nwankwo, the Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO). He said the composition of the team was not static as Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbe and Information Minister Lai Mohammed as well as relevant permanent secretaries have also been involved.