President Bola Tinubu says Nigeria needs all the help that it can immediately get.
Tinubu made this plea on Tuesday while receiving visiting Bank of America officials in his office at the State House, Abuja.
The President expressed confidence that despite the challenges confronting the country, his administration was firmly rooted on the path to success.
Tinubu, in a statement by his spokesman, Dele Alake, said his government was committed to instituting reforms that would engender the sustainable growth and development of the country.
“We believe we are on the right track so far. We believe we need all the help we can get,” the President said as he asked the bank’s management for support and partnership that would advance mutual benefits for Nigeria and the financial institution.
He said governance and development challenges facing the country could not be addressed without fiscal and institutional reforms.
The President added, “21st Century actions on climate change, finance and innovation are intertwined. Having a good platform and believing in innovation will help in undertaking reforms and tackling the issues.
“This is the largest economy and democracy in Africa and if we cannot do it, nobody will do it for us.”
Tinubu, who stated that no one could do it alone, made a case for the bank and other willing financing institutions to help the country, for instance, in partnering to ensure Nigerian gas compete favourably in the global market, as a viable source of alternative revenue.
Leader of the delegation and President of International for Bank of America, Mr. Bernard Mensah, in his remarks, expressed excitement about the initial steps taken by the new administration, which, he said, is taking Nigeria back to its rightful place on the global stage.
He assured Tinubu of the bank’s willingness to assist the country to address its immediate and longer term challenges not only in the area of financing but also contributing with ideas.
Also on Mr. Mensah’s entourage during the visit were Head of Sub-Saharan Africa of the bank, Mrs. Yvonne Ike Fasinro, and Head of Investment Banking Sub -Saharan Africa, Mr. Chuba Ezenwa.