Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed says the country will exit recession by the first quarter of 2021.
Ahmed spoke about the current recession in the country at the ongoing 26th Nigerian Economic Summit organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.
Nigeria, on Saturday, entered its second recession in five years in the third quarter of this year as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell for the second consecutive quarter.
According to figures released by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) cumulative Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first nine months of 2020 stood at -2.48 percent just as it recorded a -6.10 percent in the second quarter.
The finance minister said the COVID-19-induced recession followed the pattern across the world where many countries had entered an economic recession.
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the government is committed to working in synergy with the private sector to foster equitable growth and underpin national development.