President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 
The Presidency on Tuesday said the Buhari administration welcomes news of Nigeria’s exit from recession with “cautious optimism and will continue to drive Nigeria’s economic growth by vigorously implementing the Economic Recovery & Growth Plan launched earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

The stance was contained in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by Laolu Akande, spokesperson to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how data by the National Bureau of Statistics show that the Nigerian economy is out of recession.

The presidency’s statement quoted the Special Adviser on Economic Affairs to the President, Adeyemi Dipeolu, as saying, “The figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics for the second quarter of this year (Q2 2017) show that the economy grew in Q2 2017 by 0.55% from -0.91% in Q1 2017 and -1.49% in Q2 2016.  This in effect means that the Nigerian economy has exited recession after five successive quarters of contraction.”

Read the full presidency statement below:

The Buhari administration welcomes news of Nigeria’s exit from recession with cautious optimism and will continue to drive Nigeria’s economic growth by vigorously implementing the Economic Recovery & Growth Plan launched earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The overall economic plan and direction of the administration has resulted, among others, in sustained restoration of oil production levels, (occasioned by the enhanced security and stability in the Niger Delta) sustained growth in agriculture, mining and the first growth recorded in industry as a whole in the last nine quarters since Q4 2014.

BELOW IS A STATEMENT BY SPECIAL ADVISER ON ECONOMIC AFFAIRS TO THE PRESIDENT, DR. ADEYEMI DIPEOLU ON THE 2ND QUARTER 2017 FIGURES JUST RELEASED BY THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS

“The figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics for the second quarter of this year (Q2 2017) show that the economy grew in Q2 2017 by 0.55% from -0.91% in Q1 2017 and -1.49% in Q2 2016.  This in effect means that the Nigerian economy has exited recession after five successive quarters of contraction.

This positive growth is attributable to both the oil and non-oil sectors of the economy.  Growth in the oil sector which has been negative since Q4 2015 was positive in Q2 2017.  It rose by 1.64% as compared to -15.60 in Q1 2017, an increase of up to 17 percentage points.  This improvement is partly due to the fact that oil prices which have improved slightly from the lows of last year have been relatively steady as well as the fact that production levels were being restored.

The non-oil sector grew by 0.45% in Q2 2017, a second successive quarterly growth after growing 0.72% in Q1 2017.  This increase which was not quite as strong as it was in Q2 2016 reflects continuing fragility of economic conditions.  However, given that nearly 60% of the non-oil sectors contribution to GDP is influenced by the oil sector, growth in the oil sector will help boost the rest of the economy.

The positive growth seen in agriculture when the rest of the economy was contracting was maintained at 3.01% which is encouraging especially if seasonal factors are taken into account.  Manufacturing growth was also positive at 0.64% and although lower than the previous quarter’s growth of 1.36%, it was a noticeable improvement over the -3.36% experienced in Q2 2016 and a continuation of the turnaround of the sector.  Solid minerals which remain a priority of the Administration also continued to grow and in Q2 2016 by 2.24%.

Overall, industry as a whole grew by 1.45% in Q2 2017 after nine successive quarters of contraction starting in Q4 2014.  This positive development was somewhat overshadowed by the continued decline in the services sector which accounts for 53.7% of GDP.  Nevertheless, electricity and gas as well

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