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|Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Onlytruth(m): 2:54am On Oct 27, 2010|
[size=16pt]Nigeria no longer big brother –NEC[/size]
From JULIANA TAIWO, Abuja
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The National Economic Council yesterday said Nigeria will no longer play big brother to countries in trouble without getting anything in return. Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting chaired By Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, the Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, in company with his Lagos State counterpart, Babatunde Fashola and the Minister of Finance, Segun Aganga, said while Nigeria remains a responsible member of the comity of nations, it would insist on getting development benefits in return for its foreign policy commitments.
According to the governor; “the Council reiterated the foreign policy objectives of the country as a new partnership for the development of Nigeria. In other words, we are going to shed that belief that we are big brother where we go to help other people and we never get something in return. Even though we may not escape from that, but now we begin to look at our foreign objectives in terms of development of Nigeria. S[b]o, wherever we go or whoever we relate with must be because it will help us develop rather than as we normally say, that we have gone to help these or that people without getting anything in return.” [/b]
The NEC also discussed Nigeria’s BB- rating by international economy assessment organization, Fitch and Co., saying that although it was a downward result, there was optimism that the country was moving on the path of addressing the concerns that led to such assessment.
Aganga, explained that the ratings report though “harsh”, acknowledged that Nigeria’s decision to set up a sovereign wealth fund was a good fiscal policy which would increase the country’s rating during the next assessment.
According to him, “we discussed the rational for the revision of the outlook (from stable to negligible) and did not fully agree with their rationale; we believe that it was harsh. But we welcome the fact that they affirmed the credit rating that nothing has changed and the main reason for that reaffirmation or confirmation of that credit rating was that Fitch felt that the idea that set up the sovereign wealth fund was in the best interest of the country.
“It is a good fiscal policy and they have indicated that they will issue a positive statement once the sovereign wealth fund bill was passed.”
The minister stated further that government welcomed Fitch’s affirmation that the country has a very strong balance sheet, has a less debt ratio compared to her peers anywhere in the world and has net petrol balance.
“They were impressed with the level of revenue that is going up given that we have increased production and oil prices are on the rise and also they were pleased that the current administration is also focusing on dealing with the issue of power.
“As you know the President announced a roadmap for power in August this year and so all these were positive reasons why the country’s credit rating was affirmed by Fitch.”
You will recall also that S& PG issued a report also a month affirmed the credit rating but their outlook was stable not negative”, Aganga added.
He said final draft of the Sovereign Wealth Fund bill will be adopted at the next NEC meeting in November 4th before submitting it to the National Assembly.
The Lagos State Governor, said NEC discussed the concerns regarding the legality of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) conduct in printing of license plates for vehicles.
“Council was invited to consider whether mere printing of new vehicle license plate and whether it was possible to include driver’s education at the domestic levels.
“They were issues of legality of the exercise being taken by FRSC, and council said they will like the input of the attorneys-general of the states and that of the federation before a decision is taken.
“So as it relates to issuance of uniform new plates and driver’s licence, it is held in abeyance until further advice”.
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Onlytruth(m): 2:57am On Oct 27, 2010|
Was wondering how long that idiotic "big brother" self delusion would be allowed to go on.
Can't believe that anyone would rationalize such a policy for 50 years.
Maybe someone has starting using his head.
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Osama10(m): 3:06am On Oct 27, 2010|
Those we even play the so called Big Brother to are by far better than us.
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by dappssee(m): 9:59am On Oct 27, 2010|
Better for us
After all SA is the offical Big Brother host. lol
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Nobody: 1:30pm On Oct 27, 2010|
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Parnassuss(m): 1:59pm On Oct 27, 2010|
Why that foolish Aganga no mention the BB roles way we need rescind from! I dey wait, anybody tell me which charity we dey give out steady?
This country shouldn't decieve itself. The big brov role did not exist to the extent we stretched it. Liberia and all other African war zones that we tackle are the reason most Generals stay semi-busy. Also AFRICAN UNION and the UN contributes alot for these missions. If we withdraw from that, we'll have too much idle military testosterone in the country. Frogeting that, are we providing CONSTANT aid to other countries or do we not just occasionally give (depending on the policy of the incumbent presido).
Abeg, no be imaginary BB role dey deplete our resources, everybody know that one!
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by tpia5: 2:48pm On Oct 27, 2010|
if they like let them not learn from the south african experience.
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Ikengawo: 3:06pm On Oct 27, 2010|
i think nigeria's willingness to play 'big brother' was an excellent foreign policy outlook.
it was a refreshing and almost revolutionary approach to foreign policy, a hegemonic power that acts to benefit others for the soul purpose of benefiting others.
though it's not a horrible development to 'drop' the policy, I would like to see it stay as a fixture in nigeria foreign policy.
i know you're all going to complain and act depressed but oh well. I was proud that my country helped others selflessly. You people don't even know what a country is but you've already decided that Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Chad are better then Nigeria. smh. go kill your self sha
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by OAM4J: 3:23pm On Oct 27, 2010|
long overdue. Most annoying is that as soon as these countries get stabilized they start coming out with stupid foreign/economic policies that are anti-Nigerians. Example: Ghana.
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by GoldCircle: 7:44pm On Oct 27, 2010|
Na now day break?
Big brother wey small small children dey insult. No respect despite bailing them out of 'palaver' several times.
Instead make we use the money dey buy goat chop!
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Onlytruth(m): 11:05pm On Oct 27, 2010|
Countries are not respected internationally because of the amount of resources (money and lives of soldiers) they WASTE on other countries.
They are respected more for "speaking softly and carrying a big stick".
Maybe someone has started thinking in Nigeria.
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Emmyk(m): 2:06am On Oct 28, 2010|
Cool, Was about making the decision myself, ,,
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Aussienavy: 2:25am On Oct 28, 2010|
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by victorazy(m): 9:30am On Oct 28, 2010|
|Re: Finally! Nigeria No Longer Big Brother –NEC by Nobody: 11:10am On Nov 01, 2010|
Osama 10 said:
Those we even play the so called Big Brother to are by far better than us.
Tell us when you finally decide to move to Sierra Leone, Sudan, or Somalia, since they're ''by far better than us''. Mumu.
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