Nigeria needs to diversify for sustainable revenue, says Osinbajo
Odigie-Oyegun, Ajimobi plead for patience
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday at a meeting of governors and leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibadan that Nigeria must begin to look beyond oil to other areas that would generate sustainable revenues.
“To achieve this purpose,” he said, “we have begun to invest heavily in the agricultural and solid minerals sectors.
Urging Nigerians to be patient with government, Osinbajo said: “As you all know, the darkest part of the night is the period before dawn. Nigeria’s dawn is about to break; we are determined to turn things around. We seek your continued trust and ask you all to join hands with the government as we tackle and surmount the challenges ahead.
“Change is not easy, but we are not relenting until we achieve better life for all Nigerians. The change that we advocate will be irrevocable when we are finally done,” he said.
Osinbajo, represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said the administration has been working hard to remedy the rot and malaise that pervaded the nation, while pointing out that the current pains and sufferings was the result of past mismanagement.
He stated that although things appear difficult at the moment, it would not be long before Nigerians start deriving the full benefits of the current policies of government, designed to improve the prevailing economic situation.
At the event held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan were National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga; Ministers: Adebayo Shittu (Communications) and Kayode Fayemi (Solid Minerals) as well as APC leader, Senator Ayo Fasanmi.
Ajimobi said, “President Buhari is the most honest, disciplined, corruption-free president I have ever seen. Let us all support him in his anti-corruption fight. He, alone, cannot fight corruption.”
Talking to the zonal leadership of the party, he added, “We are your governors and you as a party members need to meet with us from time to time. Most governors in the South West are faced with workers’ salary challenges. What has the party at the national and the zone done to help us?
Odigie-Oyegun said that the economy was in a bad shape due to years of over-dependence on oil as the mainstay of our economy.
He added that the task before loyal party members was to educate supporters that the “change” mantra is not an event but a process, which may take some time.