President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians and foreign investors of a stable domestic economy despite the disturbing downward slope in global oil prices.
The President on Thursday gave the assurance when a delegation of multinational industrial giant, General Electric (GE), led by its Vice Chairman and CEO, Mr. John Rice, paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In a statement issued by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Jonathan said the Federal Government would do everything possible to maintain domestic economic stability.
He urged the company to maintain its confidence in the country.
“We promise our people that even with the drop in oil prices, the economy will be stable.
“I urge you to maintain the confidence you have in this country before the oil price drop, and even expect better management from us.
“Sometimes, it is when you are challenged that you do better than when everything looks good.
“So, I assure you, other investors in this country and all Nigerians that the government will do everything necessary to stabilise the economy and that the drop in the price of crude oil will not create so much distortion in our economy”, he reiterated.
President Jonathan thanked GE for its commitment to increase its investment in Nigeria with the attendant benefit of job creation for many more Nigerians.
He also welcomed GE’s plans to set up a facility in Calabar to manufacture components for the oil and gas sectors.
Mr. Rice told the President that GE had committed about $30 million to the development of the Calabar Plant and was already undertaking the training abroad of some Nigerians who would work there.
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