Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has made it clear that the present government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari has made a high marks away from others in the past because of its prudent management of Nigeria’s national resources and the firm stand against corruption, amongst others.
Professor Osinbajo, who spoke today, Tuesday, at the Kogi Economic and Investment Summit in Lokoja said that the Buhari presidency can be scored very high despite daunting challenges in the economy.
The Vice President was in the state for a number of events, including the MSMES clinics, commissioning of Social Investment Programme, SIP, and the investment summit.
Osinbajo said: “despite 60% less revenue, we have, by stopping grand corruption, made the highest capital spend in the history of the country in the sum of about N1.3 trillion. We are, for the first time, taking on the game-changing infrastructure projects.”
He asserted that despite dwindling resources, the government’s investment in agriculture remains unprecedented, adding: “we have experienced an agricultural revolution, doing close to 15 million metric tons of paddy yearly. We used to spend almost $3 billion on rice importation, now rice importation has been cut by 80%.
“We are today building the Lagos-Kano standard gauge rail and we have signed up for the Lagos-Calabar rail project. We are also building, after 40 years, the Mambilla hydro project, while work on the Second Niger Bridge is going on daily.
“We are daily increasing power supply and once we conclude some strategic transmission projects, we would see a truly appreciable improvement in domestic and industrial power supply.”
In the area of effective partnership with state governments, Professor Osinbajo said that Buhari’s government has been able to give more support to State Governments than any other government since 1999.
“As of September 2017, total support (excess crude account loan and Budget support facility), excluding Paris club refunds, is in the order of N876. 3 billion, and if we add Paris club refunds we will have disbursed N1.91 trillion.”
on the Federal Government’s partnerships with the private sector, the Vice President said that the government had, through the Quarterly Business Forum and the Industrial Council, collaborated with the private sector, saying: “we believe that the private sector is the key.”
He said that the Federal Government had, through the Social Investment Programmes, encouraged more young entrepreneurs, as well as empowering vulnerable and poor households across the country.
Earlier in his remark, the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, said the state was ready to engage in partnerships with both the private sector and the Federal Government to transform the fortunes of the state and empower more young people across different sectors. [myad]