PHOTOS: Osinbajo Represents Buhari At ECOWAS Summit

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is on a visit to Niamey, Niger Republic for an extraordinary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Summit.

He is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting.

A statement signed on Friday by the spokesperson for the vice-president, Laolu Akande explained that the Summit will include other ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and will review the ongoing situation in Guinea Bissau.

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VIDEO: ‘All Over The World People Now Gbe Body E,’ Says Osinbajo

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A file photo of Professor Yemi Osinbajo at an event in Abuja on March 28, 2019.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during October 1, 2019, Independence Day Dinner held at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja took out time to laud Nigerian dance styles and music.

Professor Osinbajo in his address made reference to the popular Zanku dance noting that the dance is widely accepted not only in Nigeria but also outside the country.

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According to the Vice President, ‘nobody dances like us.’

“From Skelewu to Sekem to Shakiti Boko to Shaku Shaku and the most recent Zanku, I’m sure you all know how to gbese. Gbe body e.

“All over the world, everybody is gbese-ing now.

“Nobody dances like us. It doesn’t matter whether you are the distinguished Senator Representing Kogi West or the distinguished Senator representing Osun West,” he said.

Osinbajo appraised Nigerian culture and language which has travelled across the border and warmed its way into the heart of many.

“Here is the video of a kindergarten class in China, the Children are learning Igbo. Very soon, everyone is going to be speaking Igbo,” Osinbajo said, showing a video of Chinese children in their classroom learning the Igbo language.

 

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Insecurity: FG Begins Consultations With Traditional Rulers

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The Federal Government has started consultations with a number of leading traditional rulers in a bid to improve security in local communities while rearranging the security architecture nationwide.

This was disclosed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who held separate meetings with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Professor Osinbajo stated that the FG will collaborate with states to maintain law and order across the country.

“As you know, there are many significant concerns all over the country; and of course there are concerns also in the South West.

“So, I’m here on the instruction of Mr President to consult with the Kayibesi, Governor Dapo Abiodun and other stakeholders on what to do to beef up security, and to generally improve the security architecture.

“One of the things that Mr President has spoken about is the role of traditional rulers in maintaining peace and security in their own locality. As you know, they are the closest to the grassroots, to their communities.”

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After meeting the Awujale, the VP said, “of course, you know that the Kabiyesi is not just the traditional ruler, but also a very important part of the government. That’s why we are here to speak with him and to agree on a few modalities for beefing up security, ensuring that we are fully conscious of all that is going on around us, and just to be sure that peace and security reigns here and across the country.

“There are some who might want to cause instability and difficulties, but we are very confident that God helping us, working together as a nation, we will be able to overcome all our problems and set our country on the path of peace and prosperity,” he noted.

He noted that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun was committed “to ensure that there is peace and security, and that everyone who lives in all our neighbourhoods, localities and communities live in peace with each other and that we maintain a high level of security.”

Security Issues Are Being Seriously Tackled, Says Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has made a reassurance that his administration is seriously tackling security challenges in the country through a multi-pronged approach.

Buhari was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Grand Finale of the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration and Combat Support Arms Training Week at the Ikeja Cantonment Parade Ground in Lagos.

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The President said that the security challenges in the country need to be destroyed and nobody will be allowed to kill or commit other crimes and escape.

“The challenge for us is to recognize this extremism for what it is. To form alliances across faiths and ethnicities to destroy an evil that confronts us all. Fulani herder and farmer conflicts, random killings banditry and kidnapping some attributed to Fulani bandits, in different parts of the country are extant challenges that the army has had to intervene in on several occasions.

“I want to reassure all Nigerians that these issues are being seriously tackled by the Federal Government, working with the States, through a multi-pronged approach. Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape. It is our duty to apprehend and punish these criminals and we are doing and will continue to do so.”

He assured that the government will continue to show determination towards ensuring that the country is rid of insurgency.

“We also must and will continue to demonstrate the political will and determination towards ensuring that our land is rid of insurgency and that criminality is kept to the barest minimum.

“We have a duty to continue to make available to you, our Armed Forces, all the moral and material support that you require.”

‘I Feel Very Sad’, Osinbajo Reacts To CJN Onnoghen’s Trial

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the prosecution of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, noting that he is sad about the situation.

He also said President Muhammadu Buhari did not know about the plan to arraign the CJN until Saturday evening. According to him, the President had always made clear that institutions should not be interfered with.

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Osinbanjo said this on Wednesday at the opening of the Online Publishers Conference in Abuja. He added that he is sad about the turn of events and regrets the current situation where a senior member of his profession is subjected to such judicial process.

“I feel very sad that is going on at all.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, his whole approach is that institutions should just do their work. I can tell by fact that he did not know about this until Saturday evening.

“He did not know that there will be any kind of arraignment until Saturday evening. He has said categorically don’t interfere with what the institutions are doing. Sometimes it has consequences like we have today.

“My take is that I rather not have a situation where members of a profession are being tried for an offence. I don’t feel particularly good about it, as a matter of fact, I feel very sad about it, that is going on at all,” he said.

Justice Onnoghen is facing six charges bordering on failure to declare his assets and operating a domiciliary account, among other charges.

The charges against him are based on a petition signed by the executive secretary of the anti-corruption research data based initiative, Dennis Aghanya.

The petition alleges amongst others things that the CJN failed to declare ownership of sundry accounts funded through cash deposits made by himself up to August 10, 2016.

Nigeria’s Future Dependent On Long Period Of Honest, Truthful Leadership – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, says only a long period of honest and truthful leadership committed to the welfare of Nigerians can guarantee a prosperous future for the country.

The Vice President stated this in his remarks on Thursday, during a courtesy call on Dr Saleh Muhammad, the Emir of Kaltungo, ahead of the flag off of the Governorship Campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Kaltungo, Gombe State.

According to him, “I want to emphasize that the reason why we believe that a second term is important, is because it is necessary for our country to have a long period of honest and truthful leadership. The problem of our country has never been ideas or projects. It is honest leadership that has always been the problem.”

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Speaking further on the bane of Nigeria’s development, Prof. Osinbabjo said: “the reason why nothing works in our country is that of theft of public funds.”

He said Nigeria’s projected population growth, the attitude of past leaders, amongst other factors, has made it necessary for only persons with proven integrity be voted into elective positions in all future elections.

“By 2050, Nigeria will be the third most populous nation of the world, third after China and India. If our leaders steal money the way they have been stealing money over the past years, millions of Nigerians will be dying all over the place because then the population will be more than what we have today.

“So, it is important for Nigeria to have a period of honest leadership, that is why we are determined to tell the Nigerian people everywhere we go that the next elections are about the future of our country. Our country must have an honest, righteous leadership, a man who will not allow the money to be stolen,” the Vice President added.

Continuing, the Vice President said “Between 2010 and 2014, the government at the time earned $383billion; that is the highest any government in the history of the country has earned in 4 years. But there is nothing to show for it, where are the roads, the railways? This money was just wasted or stolen, that was what happened”.

Drawing a comparison of the present APC-led Federal Government and the then PDP government of between 2010 and 2014, he said “after 4 years of earning the highest amount, you can’t point to anything that the PDP government did. Mambilla Hydro project, 40 years and nobody touched it; Aladja-Warri rail line, nothing; Lagos-Kano rail line, nothing; Port Harcourt- Maiduguri line, nothing”.

“From 2015 to 2017 December, we earned just $94billion, yet we started the Lagos-Kano railway, we are now passed Ibadan; we completed the Abuja light rail which they started and could not complete. Lagos-Ibadan, it was when we came in that we did it; in every state, we are doing a major road. Why? It is because the President does not allow anyone to steal the money. If you have small money, you can do a lot if you are not stealing it; that is what we have shown; that with small money if you are not stealing it, you can do a lot”, He added.

The Vice President commended the leadership of the emirate, noting “It is your type of leadership that is required, not just educated, but forthright and committed to doing the things that are right for the people.”

From the palace, the Vice President proceeded to the venue of the campaign rally for the APC governorship candidate for Gombe State, Alh. Inuwa Yahaya, and in his company, were top government officials including Secretary to the Government of Federation Boss Mustapha, Environment Minister Suleiman Hassan and major APC stakeholders in the Northeast.

In his remarks, the Vice President emphasized the need for the electorates to vote APC in the general elections, noting that it is the party for all Nigerians and one that will take Nigeria to the next level.

According to him, “Our brothers in the other party were saying that APC is not a party for everybody, but we are all seeing today that they are wrong because we are seeing that the APC is a party for all Nigerians; it is a party for Christians and Muslims, and President Buhari is a president for all.

“Those who were saying that the APC is only for Muslims are wrong because you can see that it is a party for all, I am not only a Christian but a pastor. I have worked very well and I am very happy with our President, Muhammadu Buhari because he is a just, trustworthy person, honest and straightforward.

“Also, you can see that our SGF, Boss Mustapha is also a Christian and so also is the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, when he was with us, was a Christian and he is from this region. So, APC is for Gombe and Gombe is for APC.”

Osinbajo Takes Door-To-Door Campaign To Saki, Oyo State

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday continued the family chats and door-to-door political campaign in Saki town, Oyo State.

The Vice President during the campaign addressed an excited crowd and visited families in their homes.

He was accompanied by the Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake Adeyemo, the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu and All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu.

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Osinbajo Launches Tradermoni In Delta Insists Scheme Has No Political Undertone

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the weekend launched the Tradermoni scheme in Warri and Asaba markets in Delta State.

The Vice President after the launch told journalists in Asaba that the scheme has no political undertone. He said that it is worrisome how some persons assume that the tradermoni empowerment programme of the Federal Government is a ploy to buy votes.

According to him, the trademoni empowerment programme is strictly for the purpose of assisting market men and women enhance their businesses.

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During his visit to the popular Ogbogonogo Market in Asaba, he advised the beneficiaries to inject the funds into their businesses in order to grow and expand.

“The scheme was duly approved by the national assembly, if they don’t like the empowerment programmes because they are on the other side then it calls for concern,” he said.

The Vice-President also launched the scheme in other major cities of Delta State, including Warri and Ughelli with beneficiaries of the scheme receiving a none interest loan of N10,000 each.

He was accompanied by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, among others.

Africa, Europe Must Collaborate To Advance Benefit Of Digital Economy – Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. has said that Africa and Europe must work together to advance and harvest the economic benefits of digital economy, and at the same time prevent a counter-productive widening of the digital gap.

Prof Osinbajo stated this today at the Africa-Europe High-Level Forum in Vienna, Austria, which had in attendance other African and European Heads of States or Government.

The meeting organized by the European Union and African Union, held in Vienna, Austria on Monday, December 17, and Tuesday, December 18.

Speaking on the forum’s theme ‘Taking cooperation to the digital age’, the Vice President noted that investments in digital technology can make an important contribution to growth and development by fostering productivity gains from continuous innovation.

He said, “Given our fast-growing population in Africa, we are, of course, keen to work together to boost the job creation potential of new technologies rather than concentrating on jobs destined to disappear in the digital age. Faster growth, sustainable development, and job creation are also vital for reducing irregular migration from Africa to Europe. In our globalized world, people can see disparities in standards of living across regions quite easily. This means there must be increasing openings for entrepreneurship and jobs in home countries for those who would otherwise embark on risk journeys in search of opportunities. In Nigeria, we are taking urgent and practical steps to provide such opportunities for our rapidly increasing youth population.”

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Prof. Osinbajo also highlighted the strides made by the Buhari administration in developing Nigeria’s technology sector through supporting public-private sector initiatives and the advisory group on technology and creativity.

Noting that the advisory group has been working to build an ecosystem for funding, training, infrastructure and intellectual property protection, the Vice President added that the country’s Social Investment Programme has been leveraging on technology tools to drive it in its bid to improve the economy and lives of Nigerians.

He said, “Under our social investment programme, 75,000 young people are being trained in coding, software development, hardware maintenance, animation, and data management, and we’re set to train another 200,000 young men and women. Similarly, we have established 8 technology hubs to support tech startups across our six geopolitical zones and two major cities of Abuja and Lagos.

“We’ve encouraged partnership to establish venture funds to support innovation and are now engaged in talks to establish a $500 million innovation funds with bilateral and multilateral partners.

“We’ll be deploying digital methods and tools on a larger scale to expand learning opportunities for younger Nigerians, as conventional education through brick and mortar institution can no longer be viable given the huge numbers and limited resources. Already, 200,000 out of our 500,000 young graduates in our N-Power scheme have tablet devices, which we use for on-the-job training and further skills acquisition. This experience will guide our efforts as we seek to expand digital literacy at earlier stages of education.

“Similarly, our education curriculum is being reworked to emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The Arts have been included because of the growing recognition of the strengths of our country, especially in the arts, music, film, and literature.”

Prof. Osinbajo also highlighted the growth in e-commerce in Nigeria, with references to leading e-commerce platforms that have leveraged on technology to grow their businesses.

He said, “Financial technology is being used in our efforts to rapidly scale up financial inclusion. Working with our banks, TELCOs and FinTech companies, we’ve used digital tools and platforms to provide interest-free microloans to up to 1.3 million Nigerians and about 300,000 received Conditional Cash Transfers by the same means. We hire, pay and train online 500,000 young men and women in the largest post-tertiary direct jobs programme in Africa. Through participation in this scheme, present and future beneficiaries would be brought into databases for unique biometric identification.

The Vice president also thanked European countries for their support, while calling on other EU member states to partner with Nigeria and Africa to impart skills, raise resources, promote investment and provide infrastructure to build a digital economy.

“I’m optimistic that our efforts would attract strong support and active engagement of our partners in the European Union. Indeed, already, we have some good examples of that in the African Digital leaders Training programme, which is a partnership between Ventures Platform of Nigeria and Enterprise Lithuania with funding from the European Union. This innovative programme would provide digital skills training for 50 young Nigerians in Lithuania, while at the same time, relieving temporary labour shortage in that country. A reintegration component is also built into the package.

“We have a moment in the history of Europe-Africa relations that can yield tremendous mutual benefits. Let us seize this moment,” he said.

Several African and European Heads of Government attended the High-Level forum. They include the Austrian Federal Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz; the Prime Ministers of Netherlands, Mark Rutte; Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki; Hungary, Viktor Orban; Czech Republic, Andrej Babis; and deputy Prime Minister of Ireland. African Heads of Government at the meeting include the President of Rwanda, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, Paul Kagame; President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo; Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi; Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta; and Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar, among others.

Earlier on Monday night, Prof. Osinbajo had an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Austria during a town hall meeting.

At the meeting attended by leading members of the Nigerian community in Vienna, the Vice President commended the work of Nigerians in Diaspora, noting that that the Nigerian community was adding value to the country.

Prof Osinbajo said, “We very strongly believe that our country can do much better than where we are, we have practically everything that it takes to make the country work. In fact, we have more than what it takes to make the country do exceedingly well; there is no question about that. But corruption has been a major problem in the country.

Adding that Nigeria must tackle “the monster of corruption,”, the Vice President added, “there is no country in the world that can survive when its resources are stolen the way our resources were stolen. It doesn’t really matter how you slice it or describe it, so long as a few people can take government or public resources and do with it as they like, they are not likely to be able to do the basic.”

He also urged Nigerians to continue to support the work of the administration in making the country better through the provision of more infrastructure and tackling grand corruption, among other development initiatives.

“Today our country earns 60 percent less than it earned five years ago, but we have spent N2.7 trillion in two budget cycle in infrastructure, that is the highest in the history of our country,” he said.

In attendance at the town hall meeting was the Nigerian Ambassador to Austria, Amb. Vivian Okeke; the Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Eniola Ajayi; leaders of Nigerian communities in Austria, and other senior government officials.

 Osinbajo Presides Over Extended National Economic Council Meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday presided over the extended National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The Vice President at the meeting called on state governments to resist playing politics with issues of human capital development.

He asked for more concerted collaboration between states and the federal government and not trade blames to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. He asked the state governments to get the job done through improved data, transparency and accountability.

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The NEC meeting according to a statement from the office of the Vice-President is in line with the Buhari administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) for inclusive growth human development nationwide.

Governors of all the States of the Federation including the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria are expected to in attendance at the meeting.

The meeting also focuses on the Human Capital Development hinged on three main thematic areas; namely health and nutrition, education and labour force participation.

PHOTOS: Vice President Osinbajo Takes Door-To-Door Campaign To Lagos

In preparation for the 2019 elections, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday took a door-to-door campaign to residents of Lagos State.

The Vice-President during the campaign visited families in Ogba Oluwole, Ikeja.

He discussing the Next Level campaign theme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and exchanged views with the residents.

He later held a town hall meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the 57 LCDAs in Lagos State.

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Osinbajo Calls For Increased Respect Of Traditional Institutions

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says increased respect and regards should be given to traditional institutions and traditional rulers as they play vital roles in ensuring peace and security in the country.

According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said this on Sunday during a visit to the Emir of Keffi, Shehu Chindo Yamusu III at his palace in Nasarawa State.

The Vice President noted that traditional rulers have earned their place as mediators in many aspects of national life and proved that they are important in the scheme of things.

“I feel very strongly that there should be a role, legal and constitutional role, for traditional rulers. I think it’s a very good idea and l believe that for the peace and security of our country, the respect and regards for traditional institutions must continue, and that has accounted for the stability of our polity for so many years.

“l believe that traditional rulership in our country has earned their place as arbiters in so many different ways, in security and justice at the local level and even politically.

“Regarding the matter of the constitutional role of traditional rulers l happened to take the view also that there should be a much more defined role, whether that law is constitutional or merely by legislation,” he said.

The Vice President also appreciated the Emir for the warm reception and assured of Federal Government’s support in ensuring stability in the state.

Osinbajo was also a special guest of honour at the Keffi Polo tournament at the Keffi Polo Ranch in the state.

Later at the polo game at the Keffi Polo Ranch, the Vice President presented the President Cup to the winners of the Keffi Polo Ranch Open Tournament, Imani club.

The Vice President was accompanied to the Emir of Keffi’s palace by Governor of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Al- Makura; Deputy Governor of Kano State, Nasiru Yusuf Guwuna; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; and spokesperson of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo.