Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, says it is important for the voices of women to be heard and for them to participate more actively in the development of policies in different sectors as they are major contributors to national development.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this today when he received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, a delegation of Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa, the association of women in Northern Nigeria.
At the meeting, the Vice President was also presented with the Association’s Icon/Humanitarian Award, in recognition of the VP’s support to the less privileged in society and especially children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, particularly through the North East Children’s Trust, an initiative championed by Prof. Osinbajo, which set up The Learning Centre in Maiduguri.
While appreciating the group for the award, the Vice President stated that “it is important that your voices are heard very clearly, it is an economic issue. No country in the world has attained economic development without giving equal opportunities to women. Every wealthy nation in the world that has attained greatness has done so because women in that nation were accorded equal rights and opportunities.”
Urging for more collaboration between government and similar private and civil society organisations in addressing issues related to the welfare of children, and girl-child education, among others, the VP further stated that “it is important that the private sector and civil society organisations such as yours, focused on women, participate more actively in developing policies because you are right there, so it is important to collaborate more.”
The Vice President also mentioned the proposed 35 per cent affirmative action for women to be given elective and appointive positions in government, noting that “there is a need for women to be properly recognized and given the rights in society.”
Prof. Osinbajo highlighted the work being done by the At-Risk Children Programme, ARC-P, a Federal Government led initiative in addressing the challenges faced by the vulnerable in society, especially children and young people, nationwide.
(The ARC-P is led by Mrs Maryam Uwais, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments.)
In her remarks, the President of Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa and leader of the delegation, Hajiya Rabi Musa Saulawa, said the association of Northern women embraces all women in the Northern region regardless of their tribal and religious differences.
She added that it was founded in 1963 to unite Northern women and improve their standard of living socially and economically, and has branches in all the 19 Northern States and the FCT.
Appreciating the VP for his dedication and commitment to humanitarian causes such as the orphans in the North-East, Hajiya Saulawa said, “this is the kind of leadership our nation deserves, where region, tribe or religion does not dictate the direction of government policies and initiatives. It is as a result of this commitment and dedication that Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa, an institution that looks after orphans, has also decided to honour His Excellency with the JMA humanitarian award.”
While also acknowledging the humanitarian work of the wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Saulawa prayed for God’s blessings on the VP and his family.
“Your Excellency, Northern women and children are indebted to you for taking care of our children. All we can do is to pray for you that the Almighty God will bless you and your family abundantly,” she added.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN will today depart Abuja for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to participate alongside other leaders in the continent and beyond, at the annual summit of the Africa CEO Forum taking place from the 13th–14th of June, 2022.
The forum (organised by Jeune Afrique Media Group in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank), is Africa’s largest private sector event which features conferences, debates and high-level meetings dedicated to highlighting the role of the private sector in the development of the continent.
Senior Special Assistant to the President, Laolu Akande, in a statement On Sunday said Prof Osinbajo will join President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, other business and political leaders in the opening panel in discussing the topic “Economic Sovereignty: From Ambition to Action”.
The Vice President will also hold bi-lateral meetings with different stakeholders including United Nations SG’s Special Advocate on Inclusive Finance for Development, her Majesty, Queen Maxima of Netherlands and the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation, IFC, Makhtar Diop among others.
The VP who is accompanied by the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu departs Abuja today and he is expected back later on Monday.
Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi has extolled Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s leadership qualities, praising his impact when he was the acting president.
The Akarigbo of Remoland in Ogun State made the remark when the vice president visited the monarch in his palace on Tuesday.
“We are all living witnesses to when our son was in charge as Acting President. We saw the difference in our country, and that was just within a matter of weeks and months,” a statement from Osinbajo’s media aide Laolu Akande quoted him as saying.
“What would now happen if he becomes President for 4 years or 8 years? This country will undergo tremendous change.”
We joined the Vice President, @ProfOsinbajo, GCON today on his consultation visit to some of our paramount rulers in Ogun State at the palaces of the Akarigbo of Remoland, the Alake of Egbaland, and the Olu of Ilaro. pic.twitter.com/uzslGCp7VH
The monarch, who acknowledged divine supremacy in the choice of leaders, asked God to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) the wisdom and strength to work for the betterment of the country.
According to the Akarigbo, the VP, “by the grace of God, you will get there. Your light will continue to shine. It’s with such humility that I look at your life and I see the trajectory of what God has done… Mr Vice President, your journey is still long, but we will uphold you with prayers. Your days will be long, and you will continue to shine; the good Lord will continue to shine upon you, and at the end of the day, we will see that there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
Earlier, the former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Lagos State said he is prepared for the presidential post, citing his years of service in various capacities.
“With utmost humility, it is now evident that if there is anybody, any candidate, or aspirant, who on day one can hit the ground running, who on day one knows what to do, who will not spend another two years trying to decide what to do, that person is your son, Oluyemi Osinbajo. That is the objective truth,” he said.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has implored the nation’s military officers to be mindful of their actions by taking into cognizance, the religious and ethnic sensitiveness of the country in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, and other criminal elements across the country.
He made this call to officers of Senior Course 37 during their graduation ceremony on Friday at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
President Buhari, who was represented by his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Federal Government under his leadership, will do everything possible to equip the military and other security forces to effectively dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.
The President also gave an assurance that his administration will use all legitimate means at its disposal to end the menace of deadly attacks by the terrorist group in the region.
A total of 174 students comprising of 70 Army officers, 43 Navy, 31 Air Force officers, 21 allied officers from some West African countries and 9 paramilitary personnel, enrolled for the course on July 30 2014.
According to Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John-Chris Ifemeje, the high number of international students that have enrolled in the college strengthens the idea of African brotherliness and regional cooperation which were necessary for the security of the continent.
The Vice President lauded men of the Armed Forces for the bold and courageous steps taken so far in the ongoing war against terror.
Osinbajo also reminded the officers to make good use of the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the college, as most of them would be deployed in crisis-prone areas within or outside the country.
He urged them to remain apolitical and neutral while discharging their constitutional roles at all times.
The AFCSC was established to offer increased capacity for academic and professional training of military officers and other ranks of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Since its inception in 1976, the college has graduated a total of 3,060 officers, including officers drawn from 28 African countries and other paramilitary agencies.
Nigeria’s Vice President (VP), Namadi Sambo has said that the Federal Government spends about 100 billion naira annually on educational projects across the Nigerian Universities.
The VP, at a foundation laying ceremony of Dame Patience Jonathan’s 360 beds female hostel block, and the Modern International Conference Center of the Bayero University, Kano, said 1.5 trillion naira from the Presidential Support Fund on education has already been approved to cater for the needs of Nigerian Universities and other tertiary institutions.
Vice President, Namadi Sambo who said courtesy of their administration’s transformational agenda, ”projects like this will continue to full all the Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions”.
In an interactive session with members of the University Community, the VP said, in order to realise the Nigeria’s vision 2020, the Federal Government has paid special attention to the education sector, through the award of various projects costing billions of naira.
Meanwhile, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Rasheed told the Vice President that the university had in the last four years been repositioned from an art based, to a science based university, with the introduction of about 40 new departments and research centers.
The VP was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau and Minister for Special Duty, Tanimu Turaki.
As political campaigns continue with few days to Nigeria’s general elections, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has taken its campaign to Delta state in the south south region of the oil rich nation.
At the campaign venue on Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, promised that the state would encounter more support from his government in all areas of the economy if voted in.
The Delta State Government has asked schools to close down on Wednesday as President Goodluck Jonathan visits Asaba, the state capital, for the presidential campaign rally of the PDP.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, confirmed that Wednesday had been declared a public holiday to enable citizens of the state to welcome President Jonathan.
The declaration of the public holiday came as the Goodluck Support Group said it would shut down the entire state to welcome the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign team to the state.
The national chairman of the party is confident that Deltans are in support of the Jonathan and Sambo bid. This is corroborated by the PDP governorship flag bearer in delta state.
The president, who spoke in an official language in the Niger delta, promised to improve the maritime sector in the state.
His wife, Patience Jonathan, wooed the women and youth to cast their votes for the PDP.
Music artistes and members of the Nollywood were also at the venue to throw their weight behind President Jonathan and his Vice for another term in office.
They say the entertainment sector had had 100 per cent improvement since the Jonathan administration kicked off.
The Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has stressed the need for everyone saddled with the leadership of any people to strive to provide fair and just governance.
Professor Osinbajo was speaking on Wednesday on the topic ‘Harmonising Virtues to Gain Heaven and Earthly Prosperity’ at the 73rd birthday lecture series of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye held in Lagos.
The APC’s Vice Presidential candidate was the guest speaker for the day.
He is one of the top pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and now the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC. In his speech, he urged believers to show love to their enemies and care for the vulnerable.
‘Sacrifice Of Personal Ambitions’
Professor Osinbajo emphasised that every nation had its challenges but also has the enormous capacity to subdue them.
“Serving others is sacrifice of personal ambitions for the good of others. The sacrifice of personal ambitions is crucial and a way of greatness,” the pastor said.
The RCCG Pastor also told the gathering that they had the power to question government activities, stressing that those in power were elected by the people to serve.
“We have been placed in positions of greater significance. If we choose to, we have the power to influence government; to say to the government, why do we not have free healthcare for the poor ? Why do we not have free education? Why are you not providing for the elderly who are poor and for the people with disability who are poor?’’
The Professor also emphasised the need to have integrity, explaining that without it, there was no way believers could show leadership and attain significance.
He also added that “one of the big problems that we have in our nation today is an absence of integrity. It underlines every single failure of government”.
Pastor Adeboye while addressing the gathering pleaded with everyone to yield to Jesus Christ, the Son of God.