Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has asked all Nigerians to set aside ethnic and religious sentiments and join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to build a better Nigeria.
Prof. Osinbajo was quoted as saying this in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, on Saturday, shortly after casting his vote, alongside his wife, Dolapo, at the VGC Polling Unit, in Lagos, for the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
In a brief chat with the media, the Vice President, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on Friday, March 8, was asked about “the greatest gift he would want Nigerians to give him for this birthday.”
In response, he said, “One thing I would like very much is for all of us to work together towards building a great country. I think we all have what it takes to make this country truly great.
“And the greatest gift would be all of us working together, across tribes, across faith and the entire nation coming together to work with President Buhari and the government to achieve the very best that we can.”
Professor Osinbajo also stated that he was pleased with the conduct of the elections at the polling unit thus far.
Later on, he took to Twitter to announce that he had voted and also asked his followers if they had too.
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Osinbajo presided over the weekly meeting based on the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, for the annual conference of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says the prudent management of resources by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has boosted development in the country.
He believes the current administration has achieved far more in terms of infrastructure and development than previous administrations.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, he (Osinbajo) said this during a public lecture organized by the Council of Chief of Imams, Ikeja Division in Lagos on Saturday.
He also listed other achievements of the government such as the N-Power Programme which according to him about 500,000 young graduates have benefited from and the TraderMoni scheme.
The comments come days after the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the government to be more prudent in managing the country’s resources following its plan to donate a sum of $500,000 to Guinea Bissau, among other materials.
BUHARI ADMINISTRATION’S PRUDENT MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES HAS BOOSTED DEVELOPMENT – VP OSINBAJO
*Says corruption must be tackled by all for the country to make progress *Urges religious leaders to continue to preach peace, work for the country’s unity
The prudent management of resources by the Buhari administration has helped it achieve far more in terms of infrastructure and development than previous administrations, while it has invested heavily on social protection, the largest in the country’s history, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this at a public lecture organized by the Council of Chief of Imams, Ikeja Division in Lagos on Saturday.
The Vice President also stated the determination of the administration in its fight against corruption, noting that it was a major challenge which had slowed the country’s development in the past.
He added that the Buhari administration has spent over N2.7 trillion on capital expenditure in the last three years, pointing out that it is the highest amount ever spent on capital in the history of Nigeria.
The Vice President listed some of the infrastructure projects to include, among others, the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway, the Lagos-Ibadan Dual Carriageway and the Second Niger Bridge.
According to Prof. Osinbajo, the Buhari administration has been able to achieve this through prudent management of resources, despite earning 60% revenue less than the previous administration when the price of crude oil was high.
“Despite earning 60% less revenue, we are spending more on infrastructure in this government, from roads, rails to power,” he said.
The Vice President also said that components of the administration’s Social Investment Programme have impacted the lives of millions of Nigerians.
He explained that through the N-Power Programme, 500,000 young graduates have been engaged by the Federal Government in different areas of public service.
He said similar successes have been recorded in the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme, GEEP (which includes the TraderMoni Scheme), the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, and the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, which currently feeds over nine million public primary school pupils in 26 states.
Speaking on the impact of the TraderMoni scheme – the N10,000 interest- and collateral-free loans to petty traders nationwide, the Vice President said two million petty traders nationwide will benefit from the microcredit scheme by the end of the year.
He adds, “If the N60 billion that was part of the sum looted from the nation’s treasury in the past, was given out to these traders, 6m petty traders would have been beneficiaries.”
Prof. Osinbajo said at the inception of the administration, over 23 states in Nigeria owed salaries of between three to 12 months, which necessitated the Federal Government giving the states bailout funds to pay their workers.
He said the Buhari administration was also confronted with the drop in Nigeria’s crude oil production of 2.2 million bpd, coming down to around 1 million bpd as a result of the restiveness in the Niger Delta Region.
Speaking further, the Vice President stated that the struggle in Nigeria is that between good and evil, and not between religions.
“I want to say to you that it’s a battle between good and evil. What we are fighting for in this country is a battle between good and evil, it is not a battle between religions. Corruption is our major challenge. The people that steal Nigeria’s resources are both Christians and Muslims,” he said.
During the event, a public lecture titled: “The Role of Muslim Leaders in the South West Towards achieving Peaceful and Successful 2019 Elections,” the Vice President highlighted some of the programmes and projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration since its inception in May 2015.
The Vice President advised the religious leaders to continue to admonish their followers to embrace peace and work for the unity of the country. The first paper at the lecture was presented by Prof. Ishaq Lakin Akintola, the Director-General, Muslim Rights Concern, while Dr. Saheed Timehin, a senior lecturer at the Lagos State University, presented the second paper.
Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Office of the Vice President 11th November, 2018
The office of the Vice president has denied reports that Professor Yemi Osinbajo has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The office of the vice president in a statement on Sunday said Sanwo-Olu’s media team took advantage of the Vice President in the pictures taken during Osinbajo’s attendance at a meeting in Lagos.
“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended a meeting of the Lagos State General Advisory Council (GAC), where he had been invited by the elders on the council.
“Before the meeting, the Vice President who had been in Lagos to participate in the Presidential primaries in the State had met with Governors Akin Ambode and the APC National Leader Ashiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
“APC gubernatorial aspirants Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Kunle Hamzat were also at the premises of the GAC meeting ahead of the Vice President’s arrival.
“Sources at the GAC meetings hinted that Prof Osinbajo, who is believed to be supportive of a second term bid for Ambode, conveyed the view of the Buhari presidency that there should be a level playing field in the overall conduct of the primaries.
“Informed sources at the meeting said the purpose of VP’s attendance at the GAC was to report on a previous meeting held between him and Governor Rauf Aregbesola on how to resolve some of the outstanding issues around Governor Ambode’s second term bid and its fallouts.
“It was while he was coming out of the meeting that Mr. Sanwo-Olu and Mr. Hamzat took advantage of the VP’S presence to take the photos which are now being falsely paraded as proof of endorsement,” the statement read in part.
The statement stressed that the Vice President was not at the meeting to endorse the candidate, adding that, “they only took advantage of his presence.”
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the termination of the appointment of the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Musa Daura.
The termination of Daura’s appointment, according to a statement signed on Tuesday by Senior Special Assistant to Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, is with immediate effect.
Daura has since been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.
Daura is however in a closed-door meeting with the Acting President, currently holding at the presidential villa in Abuja. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is also in the closed-door meeting.
The termination of Daura’s appointment comes few hours after security officials stormed the premises of the National Assembly barricading the entrance.
The masked security operatives and officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrived at the National Assembly very early on Tuesday morning and prevented lawmakers, members of staff of the National Assembly and journalists from entering the complex.
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on oil-producing African countries to think of a world beyond oil.
He emphasised the importance of redoubling efforts at using oil and gas revenues to pursue diversification, investment in infrastructure and human capital, which according to him, will ensure future economic growth and development.
The Vice-President said this on Monday while declaring opened the Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO).
The event is organised by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria and is currently holding at the Lagos-Osun Hall, Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
The Vice President at the event also said Africa needs a united front in the global energy discussion.
He asked that the APPO fund be opened to all, to allow private sector investments just like Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in order to overcome financial challenges as Africa has no reason or excuse to fail.
He underpins that a revitalised APPO will contribute tremendously to the development of the African Oil and Gas industry.
Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, alongside top government officials, on Thursday attended a forum themed: Memory & Nation Building, Biafra: 50 Years After.
Osinbajo was in the company of Professor Pat Utomi, Chief of Staff to President of the Senate, Dr. Hakeem baba, Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Permanent Secretary Information, Education & Industry, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo and Member Yar’Adua Foundation, Chief Dubem Onyia, among others at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre in Abuja.
Strengthening the coast guard function and timely exchange of information by African countries will help build a stronger maritime industry and improve trade facilitation.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, made the recommendation on Thursday at the third annual conference of the Association of African Maritime Administration in Abuja.
As part of the opening ceremony of the conference tagged: ‘Sustainable Use Of Africa’s Ocean and Seas’, a new Logo for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Professor Osinbajo who said the challenges facing the sector are not insurmountable, however tasked African countries to take advantage of the incredible opportunities to tackle the difficulties.
“The challenges are many but not insurmountable. As things stand, Africa’s fishing grounds are being pillaged, it waters are polluted and piracy is heightening maritime insecurity and causing increases in the cost of insurance and trade. Many difficulties but incredible opportunities.
“The good news is that we are on the right path, collaboration and synergies. Our countries have to continue to develop the maritime sector, beginning with the national level to the sub-regional and regional levels,” he said.
The Vice President further suggested better regulatory framework and human development as crucial factors for development in the industry.
He stressed the need for countries to ensure a coherent and collaborative continental response to the challenges facing African maritime.
“Here in Nigeria, we have taken steps to tackle some of the issues peculiar to us while still requiring regional and sub-regional collaboration. As African maritime administrators and regulators, it’s my respectful view that you must ensure a coherent and collaborative continental response to the challenges facing our maritime space.
“This will require cooperation amongst our states and agencies, and with other segments of society, including the private sector. It means that governance issues and appropriate legal and regulatory frame works must be put on the front burner, alongside timely exchange of information.
“In addition, issues of maritime security and safety must continue to receive priority attention as we strive to make Africa a valued player in the international maritime community,” he said.
The weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which holds every Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, has failed to hold this time.
A statement from the Presidency said: “The staff of the council secretariat, resumed on Tuesday after the Easter.
“There was no time to prepare and circulate memos to ministers. By practice, the ministers receive council memos two or three days ahead of meetings because they must read them and sometimes undertake research. It is not a rubber stamp council so everyone must prepare themselves well for debates.”
For now, it is not clear whether there would be an abridge version of the meeting before the week runs out or the council members would have to wait till next week.
Meanwhile, the President who usually chairs the meeting was absent at last week and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had to take charge. It was the first time President Buhari would miss the weekly meeting since returning from a 50-day vacation in London.
All heads of prosecuting agencies of the Federal Government are in a crucial meeting with Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa.
The agencies include the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Department of State Services (DSS), and the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
Although the reason for the meeting is unknown, feelers are that it may not be unconnected with the recent setbacks suffered in the government’s corruption cases.
The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has intervened in the face-off between the Senate and the Executive, in the bid to put an end to the lingering crisis.
The APC leadership, after its National Working Committee meeting resolved to meet with the Senate caucus on Tuesday, April 4.
The party expressed worry over the rift which it said was worsening by the day, adding that it has held series of consultations with key actors to put an end to the impasse.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the APC spokesman, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said it considers the committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as a step in the right direction.
“Ahead of the Tuesday meeting with the Senate, the Party expresses its happiness with the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to re-examine the Executive relationship with the National Assembly.
“The Party considers the committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as a step in the right direction, which demonstrates President Buhari’s recognition of the paramount importance of the legislative institution in a democracy.
“The Party reiterates its commitment to ensuring that the relationship between the two critical arms of government improves further, and commended the National Assembly leadership for its maturity and predisposition to have all the issues resolved as quickly as possible in the interest of the party and the nation as a whole,” the statement said.
The APC, however, warned its members against utterances capable of worsening the situation and threatened to take appropriate action against any member working to jeopardise the peace efforts.