Osinbajo meets with lawmakers, calls for collective action against corruption

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in a handshake with the Chairman Tactical Committee on Economic Recession Dr Bode Ayorinde during House of Representatives Tactical Committee on Economic Recession Interactive Session with the Vice President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday (23/03/17)

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called on political leaders in the country to commit themselves to doing something collectively and individually that can alter the ways things are done in Nigeria for good.

Mr. Osinbajo was speaking earlier on Thursday when he met with a delegation of lawmakers from the House of Representatives in his office to discuss the economy and particularly possible ways of navigating Nigeria out of recession.

The federal legislators who called on the Vice President are members of the Tactical Committee on Recession from the House of Representatives and were led by Committee Chairman, Bode Ayorinde, in a visit that promoted cordiality and progressive synergy between the National Assembly and the Presidency. The Budget and National Planning Minister, Udoma Udoma, was also at the meeting.

Speaking on the need for political leaders to use their positions and the leadership opportunity to effect changes that would benefit the citizenry, Mr. Osinbajo said leadership was a call to service.

According to him, “how many people will get this kind of opportunity we have to lead? The opportunity to serve is one that must be taken seriously and used for the common good.”

Addressing the bane of corruption, and its attendant abnormality in matters of development, the Vice President said “it is in our interest to deal with corruption, this is not moralising, it is an existential threat, it a survival issue.’’

He said: “We need to address the fundamentals of that abnormality. If we do not address it, no matter what we say, things won’t work.

“I think it is very important, especially for us who are in government today either as legislature or executive. We have to address this issue, it is a fundamental issue; everywhere in the world, even where they do not have the problems we have, they are addressing the issue.

“So we must address it and, it is everywhere; look at foreign exchange and you can identify the problems, you fix the rate of foreign exchange at the rate it is and you know what the black market is, look at the arbitrage which is so large; there is bound to be corruption, it is impossible for there not to be corruption.”

But he offered hope that the monetary and fiscal policies are being aligned, adding also that “we are constantly in discussion with the CBN, discussing on how to reduce interest rates.’’

The Vice President in response to issues of revenue allocation raised by the visiting legislators noted that emphasis must shift from ‘sharing’ to generating more revenue internally, including in the states.

He also assured that the federal government is actively exploring options on how best to liquidate the debts owed contractors across the country, including the option of using bonds.

Speaking on behalf of the legislators, Mr. Ayorinde said some of their areas of concern include the foreign exchange policy and its impact on manufacturing, calling for a review.

He said the Tactical Committee was ready to interface with the Economic Management Team and commended the team for all its efforts to revamp the economy including the recently released Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

Earlier the Vice President chaired the meeting of the National Innovation and Research Council attended by several ministers from the Ministries of Science & Technology, Budget & Planning, Education and Justice. Representatives of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN were also in attendance.


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  • Okokondem

    In a statement by Femi Falana during a speech delivered to an audience today:

    “Mr. Falana condemned corrupt
    practices by judicial and political officers and urged citizens to stand up and fight corruption.”

    There’s a feeling of lethargy and complacency among the average Nigerian regarding corruption and that’s because Nigerians have been bruised and abused by those trusted to manage the affairs of the state for 50 plus years. The right attitude however, is not to give up but rather to remain steadfast and resilient in the fight against corruption.

    The question we should all ask ourselves is, how do I as an individual contribute to the fight against corruption? How do I contribute collectively to the fight against corruption? One fact has become obvious, Nigerians can no longer be idle participants in the fight to reclaim their destiny.

    God and nature endowed us with human capital and natural resources and it will be a travesty for the people to stand idle while all their commonwealth is carted away by the kleptomaniac entrusted with the wealth.

  • Impulse400

    This picture is very Amusing. Sycophancy on a whole new level. I almost believed that Osinbajo had a clone or a double, at first glance. He even looks surprised at the piracy of his trade mark attire.

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    Walahi, I thought these were two Osinbajos shaking hands with each other.

    • Rommel

      No bi only you think am so my broda, resemblance too much

  • Keen Observer

    @ajayiifayemi:disqus & @Impulse400:disqus am sure it’s more of coincidence not a piracy..lol…!
    But the resemblance is so contagious.
    Besides am very glad having Mr. Yemi Osinbajo as VP to PMB; his move in governance are grass root, point blank & realistic.

    • Impulse400

      Coincidence my foot! The clone pirate knows what he is doing, judging by his look of satisfaction.

      And what move in Governance are you talking about? Or are you easily moved by Media Governance without a single positive impact? Don’t you know that as a Pastor, he is trained to sell “Hope”? Of what use is hope in the face of unavoidable doom? Unavoidable in the sense that, the cause of the doom is never removed, only always covered up.

      Realistic? On the issue of rising food prices in January and February, was it bad roads and multiple taxation that forced foods to skyrocket, as the so-called task-force of “non performing Federal Ministers” submitted? After their false submission, did the multiple taxation stop? Have the roads changed? Has the price of foods reduced? Or you don’t live in Nigeria…?

      Why is it so difficult for we Nigerians to monitor and hold Government to account? Any small photo-shoot or video upload, we all get high or intoxicated with indolence. Why?!!!

  • thusspokez

    According to him, “how many people will get this kind of opportunity we have to lead? The opportunity to serve is one that must be taken seriously and used for the common good.”

    What a powerful statement and question.

    Many of us can only dream of such an opportunity to leave our footprints in the sand of time. Our only wish when we depart is to be remembered, in our times, as the ‘Napoleons of…’ in commendation for our massive contributions to the elevation of the welfare and well-being of the people, we serve.

    For our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren…, and others in hundreds or thousands of years later (maybe in a TV programme), who trace their ancestry to us, to be extremely proud of our achievements and clean record whilst in office and not be be ashamed as would be those to the looters Abacha, Obasanjo, Babangida, Saraki, Dasuki, Amaechi, and indeed, most of the crops of Nigerian politicians to whom history will be their enemy.