The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, has lauded President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, citing the recently submitted 2024 Appropriation Bill of N27.5 trillion to the National Assembly as a testament to this dedication.
Speaking at the 2023 Public Lecture and Annual General Meeting of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Alhaji Mohammed Idris emphasized President Tinubu’s transformative leadership qualities and solid track record in both the private sector and subnational government.
The Minister highlighted the significance of the 2024 budget, considering it as a pivotal step toward realizing Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. He commended the alignment of fiscal strategies with broader national development objectives, emphasizing the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability.
Idris pointed out that the budget reflects President Tinubu’s recognition of prudent financial management as a foundation for long-term economic stability. He expressed optimism that the legislative process for the 2024 appropriation bill would mark the beginning of a transformative era, bringing tangible improvements to the lives of Nigerians.
The Minister acknowledged President Tinubu’s recent actions, including assenting to a Supplementary Budget, signing landmark bills and Executive Orders into law, and inaugurating initiatives on fiscal policy reform. These measures, he stated, aim to deliver relief to the Nigerian people and lay the groundwork for true and lasting prosperity.
Addressing the theme of the public lecture, “Demographic transition, ethical resources, and sustainable development: Reflection on Northern Nigeria,” Idris emphasized the importance of demographic transition, especially with Nigeria projected to be the third most populous country globally by 2050.
He underscored the significance of educating the young population for the challenges of the 21st century and the need for leaders to make strategic choices for the country’s future. Idris also commended President Tinubu’s focus on inclusivity, evident in appointments and policies that prioritize youth and women.
The President and Chairman of the Institute of NIPR, Dr Ike Neliaku, represented by Alhaji Bashir Chedi, commended the Kaduna Chapter for its active role and consistency. The event featured a keynote address by Dr Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu, the former Governor of Niger, and awards were presented to outstanding members and personalities across various categories.
In attendance were officials from government agencies, the EFCC, FIRS, and representatives from the media. The awards recognized contributions to governance, gender politics and empowerment, tax administration, public broadcasting, among others.