Obi says all borrowing must be for production to move Nigeria from consumption to production 

Peter Obi

PETER Obi, Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, apparently excited by the enthusiasm of Nigerians on his Consumption to Production theory has gone further to explain  and defend why it’s the only option to take the country’s economy out of the wood.

In a series of tweets, the LP candidate said it’s a  three-tracked plan aimed at achieving Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), by ensuring sustainable consumption and production pattern.

The thrust of the Obi-Datti presidency if hired by Nigerians will be on agriculture and production-centered growth for food security and export, with more emphasis on exporting finished products instead of commodities and raw materials. 

Explaining the concept further, Obi  disclosed that Nigeria has over 84 million hectares of arable land with only 40% of it cultivated,  pointing out that ‘ Nigeria’s arable land is her new oil and gold’.

In pursuit  to Goal 9 of the SDGs, Obi explained that if elected the administration will from its inception, continue to encourage investment in infrastructure – energy, transport, irrigation, and telecoms—to grow these and other sectors.

“We will enforce the legal framework protecting foreign investors and their indigenous partners. This is the only way to temper monopoly and capital flight.”

According to Obi, they will also close the infrastructure gap between now and 2030, with a view to expanding the frontiers of financial inclusion to ensure that SMEs have greater access to credit for their  growth.

“We will work with financial institutions to improve their ability to identify credit worthy borrowers; and support inventory financing, which will help to unlock finance for SMEs dealing with high account receivables” 

He explained further that the concept of migrating from consumption to production  is to ensure that, as a nation, Nigeria must look beyond oil. “We therefore, intend to leapfrog Nigeria from oil to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by expanding physical infrastructure through market-driven reforms that will unleash growth-enabling entrepreneurship and market-creating innovations. 

Obi also said that the concept entails that the country ensures sustainability and resilience, and stop borrowing for consumption and channel all loans to be invested in regenerative projects. “We shall pursue a drastic reduction in cost of governance and corruption,

improve ease of doing business to attract Foreign Direct Investment to jumpstart industrialization and when borrowing is unavoidable, it will be strictly for production.

“It is also imperative that henceforth, we should strive to operate within available resources and strive for a balanced national budget as cost saving measures”

 Finally, on oil the LP flag-bearer posits thus; “Whatever oil we still have will be refined domestically. These measures along with ending the leakages, including the subsidy regime and improving our tax regime should do the magic of moving Nigeria from consumption to production.