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Usman denies report on Vision 2020

By The Citizen

Minister of National Planning, Mr. Shamsudeen Usman has denied reports quoting him as having said that Vision 2020 was no longer realisable.

A statement Monday, by the Minister's Technical Adviser, Communication and Media, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, Usman said that many analysts were impressed that Nigeria has continued to record economic progress over the years.

The statement read, ''We wish to place on record that the Commission and the Minister, have continued to repose hope in the Vision, as a realistic long term growth and development roadmap for the country, in line with this administration's demonstrated determination, disposition and capacity to do things differently; to bring about change and the needed economic growth and strategic development.

''This determination is evident in the comprehensive reforms going on in different sectors towards infrastructure renewal, promoting sustainable development and the growth of the nation's economy.

'The point which the Minister has consistently been making is that the Nigerian Vision 20:2020 which is driving this administration's transformation agenda, could still be realised if the nation did all that was required as captured in the comprehensive vision document.

'Even as some chose to ignore the remarkable achievements of this administration, many analysts are impressed that Nigeria has continued to record, economic progress over the years; a development that feeds into the country's improving GDP ranking.