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N6bn-VP’s residence, a misplaced priority, says Osinbajo


Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is entirely no need for a new residence for the Vice President as the current one, called Aguda House, is up to standard with enough space and well managed.

The Vice President said this on Friday while responding to questions at the Pastors and Leaders Retreat of the Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Osinbajo said the N6 billion already spent on the project was a misapplication of fund but added that with the level of construction already done, it would not be abandoned.

He said the present administration would complete it but consider putting it to other use.

“There is no need for a new Vice President’s house; it is a kind of waste; we are now in a situation where we cannot abandon it; it has to be completed and used for a different thing,’’ he said.

The Vice President also explained the misunderstanding about the State House Medical Centre which he said was not only for workers at the state house.

He said it was a general hospital with a lot of facilities and serving all Nigerians, adding that he would prefer that it be further equipped to provide higher medical services to those in need.

Osinbajo debunked insinuation of lack of data in the country, saying that the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics had enormous which had been rated highly by the World Bank and other international agencies.

He, however, said that the country had yet to have adequate data.

He added that the intention of government was to aggregate the scattered data in INEC, CBN, National Population Census Commission into one by the National Identity Card Management Commission.

He also said the education sector lacked not only standards but adequacy of institutions which led to Nigerians sponsoring their children abroad for tertiary education.

He explained that while 1.8 million Nigerians sat for university entrance examination yearly, only about 300,000 were offered admission due to dearth of universities.

He said the government was planning to convert many of the existing universities into centres of excellence and support the private sector in the running of universities to enable more Nigerians to have access to tertiary education.

He said infrastructure development was key in the administration which informed the voting of 30 per cent of the 2016 appropriation to capital projects.

Osinbajo added that the Ministry of Industry had 18 months mandate to improve the ease of doing business.

He, however, said the Bank of Industry was collaborating with other financial institutions to bring down the interest rate on loans for small businesses.

The VP said that the judicial system was replete with problems which needed the collaboration of the states and the Federal Government to make it faster and enable more Nigerians to obtain justice.

Before responding to questions, Osinbajo had said that what the country needed was truth and integrity which the Church should spearhead.

“The Church is where the truth is; the Church has the answer to the nation’s problems; one of the problems of our society is integrity,’’ he said.

He explained that the corruption in the country was not caused because a few individuals chose to be corrupt but that the entire system was built around lack of integrity.

Osinbajo said the country would be great again but noted that the foundation for the greatness had to be laid with a lot of pains.

“Unless we tackle graft, we may not be able to achieve something.

“The Federal Government in the past 10 years could not build a single new road, not repairing existing ones alone.

“Now we have a President who will not steal money and who will not allow anybody to steal money,’’ he said.

Osinbajo said the nation lacked the capacity to get things done which was difficult to understand but “with God on our side, our country will set the pace for Africa”.

“Our people are ready to do it and they can do it but they are waiting for the right kind of leadership.

“I know why you are praying for us is that this is a good opportunity to get it right and we don’t want to miss this chance.’’

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, the leader of the Church, asked Christians to continue to pray for the administration as Nigeria had a great future.

He said the present administration would lead the people to a more prosperous and secure nation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that earlier, Osinbajo had preached at the burial service for his childhood friend, Bola Omotesho, at the Olive Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Banana Island, Lagos.

He urged Nigerians to lead good lives to rest in peace as there was actually no peaceful rest for a bad soul in spite of the earthly prayers offered for the soul.

He said the late Omotesho lived lives worthy of emulation and having been born again since 1994 and lived it until he died, God would accept his soul.

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  • Alpha Dinni Thanni

    ,,,,,,,,, HOW TIME FLYS ,,,,,,,, Has Oliseh forgotten how some of his previous super eagles Coaches were brutally treated when he was a Player by the NFA , yet he went ahead to have an UNHOLY MARRIAGE with them. Go ahead and expose them , we are use to it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, NA YOU SABI ,,,,,,,,,, stubborn goat.

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    • Daniel Ememere

      Stupid Nigeria, fuck you all mother fucking country called Nigeria

  • Alugijo

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  • AriseNigeria

    Oliseh is the worst clown I have ever seen in my life. He is a man without character, a complete con-artist, who thinks he can outsmart everyone. A complete failure, a deranged clown with complex personality disorder.

    • Edward Longe

      To me, It rather shows integrity and knowing your worth, far more than most Nigerians to not put up with any bull**** that the NFF is always dishing out to indigenous coaches. No foreign coach will put up with not getting paid for 3 months, and to come out and be boasting that you paid him in arrears! The guy made his living in Europe and you cant get used to that type of treatment. The administration of football in Nigeria is the problem, has always been.

      • AriseNigeria

        Oliseh left because he feels he has right to fail and not be questioned. He came in and the entire team was in disarray. He is a con-artist, and irresponsible clown that refuses to take responsibility.

        • Daniel Ememere

          Fuck you useless Nigerians, confused people, I dislike your useless character

      • Kayode

        Sir, while it is condemnable to owe your employees, I need to remind you that the current economic situation in the country has led to so many Nigerians on #50k/month to be owed months of salaries. Can football be treated in isolation? You may argue that the situation does not just start today but Olish is acting today and his case shall be judged based on happenings today. Oliseh is on salaries of #5m/month and I think he need to take things easy a bit. Thank God he had resigned, but I think his resignation was borne out of NFF’s insistence for him to appear before their technical committee which has the likes of Ikpeba, Garba Lawal and others. He felt these guys were too junior to him and as such he can not be answerable to them. We need to live with the current situation in our environment. This being said, the NFF should be reformed. Enough of corrupt politicians in the glass house. EFCC should hire an office next door.

    • “Korede

      You are passing judgment on Sunday Oliseh without gettig the facts. Is it because the man did not want the status Quo ante that has not brought us any success in Nigeria football?

      Westerhof was successful because the then VP (August Aikhomu of blessed memory) gave him all the support. Tell me who has done well since then? That NFF needs positive change before our football will move forward.

      Keshi waited for almost two years before his salaries were paid.

      Wait until we have the whole facts before convicting Sunday Oliseh please.

    • Daniel Ememere

      Fuck you mate, you living in a hell called country Nigeria? fuck the stupid country

  • GMB

    Oya Jabo! Expose dem and lets see who ruins the national team between them and you.

  • Omooba

    Sunday, dont waste time. Do it sharp sharp!