By Kadiri Abdulrahman, Abuja.
As part of its commitment to national development, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) says it is set to hold a series of dialogue on the Nigerian economy with 2023 presidential candidates.
A statement by Mr Laoye Jaiyeola, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NESG, sais that the dialogue was also part of the group’s principle to provide economic foundation for democracy.
Jaiyeola said that the idea was to accentuate discussions on the roadmap towards an inclusive and prosperous Nigeria.
“Nigeria is at a decisive point in its history and as we count down to the 2023 polls, it is critical, like never before, to nudge Nigerians towards making informed voting choices.
“The challenge before us, therefore, is to ensure the evolution of a process towards a leadership with a broad knowledge of the issues and the political will to steer the ship of our great nation towards shared economic prosperity.
“In a bid to live up to our mandate to foster the establishment of an economic foundation for democracy, we will actively seek independent direct engagements with the presidential candidates.
“The engagement will dwell on critical economic policy reform issues and prescriptions, in the national interest,” he said.
The CEO said that the presidential dialogue series were geared towards sensitising stakeholders and citizens of Nigeria to peaceful, informed and accountable democratic participation.
He added that the engagement would provide a unique platform and opportunity for presidential candidates to discuss their economic agenda in an environment of civil discourse.
“The Presidential Dialogue on Economic Policy will seek to curate content that focuses on the state of the economy and addresses the concerns of the citizens before the 2023 presidential elections,’” he added.