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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Reveals Buhari’s Next Plan

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed President Muhammadu Buhari’s plans for the nation in the next four years. The V.P said the Buhari administration in the next four years will be to address, among other things, the deficiencies in the quality of human resources caused by poor education and healthcare.

Prof Osinbajo spoke on Monday at the University of Lagos where he delivered the Convocation Lecture ahead of the university’s 50th anniversary

According to him, “I may begin by affirming the belief of the Buhari administration that Nigeria’s prosperity means a decent existence for all. Second, that prosperity so defined will be attained if we are able to address the issues of extreme poverty, productivity, corruption, the rule of law and the deficiencies in the quality of human resources caused by poor education and healthcare.”

Speaking further on the relevance of human resource development to the administration, Prof. Osinbajo said, the government would adopt a strategy that prepares young Nigerians for emerging challenges as well as opportunities.

He said: “We must have a robust enough healthcare system that ensures that the average person is in good health, an educational system that guarantees education capable of preparing children for the opportunities and challenges of a knowledge economy.”

Continuing, the Vice President said, “In planning the path to prosperity we also took into account the age-old weaknesses of the Nigerian economy and the illusion of prosperity that frequently distorts our understanding of the actual fragility of our economy”.

On the way forward, the Vice President said from the onset it was clear to the Federal Government that it needed to devise an economic plan that prioritized the basic issues with our economy.

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“For us, we needed to prioritize; the building of infrastructure especially rail, roads, power and ports; productivity as we diversified the economy from oil and gas; the fight against public sector corruption; developing a new educational curriculum that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

“Others include; adopting a new approach to resourcing healthcare; putting in place a social investment programme that deals with issues of extreme poverty and unemployment. Our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan effectively addressed these issues”, the Vice President added.

On the progress made so far, Prof. Osinbajo said the Buhari administration believed that “creating an environment for productivity investment in hard and soft infrastructure is crucial”.

He assured Nigerians that with the integrity of President Buhari and the commitment of his administration, Nigeria would not derail from its current path to prosperity.

According to him, “If we stick to our agenda in the next two years we will see the most significant improvements, in our power sector.

“Industrial Infrastructure is a major component of our economic transformation plan. Project MINE (Made in Nigeria for Export) is the major plank of our industrial policy. The idea is to build Special Economic Zones which accommodate industries for local manufacture of goods for which Nigeria has a comparative advantage. These include cotton, garments, leatherware etc.”

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“We Won’t Stop Attack On Igbo Leaders Until They All Pay Dearly For Their Sins” – Nnamdi Kanu Threatens

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Nnamdi Kanu has threatened that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will continue attacking Igbo leaders in foreign countries.

Alleging that soldiers desecrated the Igbo tradition and culture by invading his father’s palace in Umuahia, the IPOB leader also blamed the death of over 600 IPOB members on ‘Operation Python Dance’ which he claimed was instigated and financed by Igbo leaders.

In the press statement titled “Setting the Records Straight…..” which was issued on Tuesday by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful, IPOB warned that they won’t stop until all Igbo leaders pay dearly for their sins.

The statement partly read, “These men instigated, financed and defended a full-scale bloody military invasion of Biafraland; they tagged Operation Python Dance that led to the torture and untimely death of over 600 Biafrans, 28 of which fell in my compound.

“These men sanctioned the desecration of the home of an Igbo tradition ruler by Fulani soldiers and did not care if my father HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and my mother, who were home with me during the unprovoked invasion, is killed or not.

“In view of the Nuremberg encounter, it has become necessary for us to refresh our memories lest it succumbs to confusion and deliberate misinformation because most people, unlike we IPOB, are in the habit of excusing intolerable evil and wickedness but we not.

“Every perpetrator of evil, every purveyor of iniquity, every merchant of misery and every defender of injustice must and will be held to account.

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We will not relent until justice is served.“Those with a conscience can now understand the root cause of our anger and why we won’t stop until they all pay dearly for their sins.”

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“We Will Convert 5 Forests In Kano To Herdsmen Settlements”– Governor Ganduje Reveals

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Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has revealed its plans to convert five forests in kano to grazing reserves for herdsmen.

Ganduje said that his administration had inaugurated a technical committee on farm settlements for herdsmen in the state. He said further that the proposed settlement would assist in boosting socio-economic ventures in the state.

He noted that the settlement was also to discourage the movement of herders from north to south to address herders/farmers crisis.

“We will provide social amenities such as hospital, veterinary clinic, market, security post and schools so that herdsmen will enjoy facilities just like other Nigerians,” Ganduje said.

According to him, herders settlement should not be a national issue, it should be a state issue because they live and flourish in every state.

He said that his administration would redouble efforts to ensure that farmers enjoy more intervention programs and projects to boost agriculture in the state.

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Boko Haram Crisis Could Last For More Than 15 Years – Obasanjo Reveals

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Former Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo has on Tuesday August 20, raised an alarm that the Boko Haram crisis could last for more than 15 years if the educational sector is ignored.

He said this while speaking at a youth programme organised by the Youth Development Centre (an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library) in Abeokuta, the former President expressed fear about Nigeria’s population explosion which will be 450 million in the next 30 years.

He stated that the increased number of children out of school, contributed to insurgency witnessed in the north-east region.

“There should be no Nigerian child that should be out of school for any reason.

“You have already got your Boko Haram in the next 15 years if you don’t do anything about that. So, whatever you are talking about, unless you take care of inclusivity, you will not get there. Quality is important, but inclusivity is much better”

He said.

Obasanjo also recounted how he and the late Gen Murtala Muhammed turned around the country’s fortunes after the1970 civil war, while telling Nigerian youths not to lose hope despite the challenges facing the country.

“Having run the affairs of Nigeria as a military Head of State when some people felt there was virtually no hope, we turned it around.”

Obasanjo added,

“I have tremendous hope in Nigeria; I am an incurable optimist about Nigeria.

“During the Murtala Muhammed government and my government soldiers who were working in Lagos and who had to go to office in public transport did not wear their uniforms, they were ashamed. But within the space of six months, they were proudly wearing their uniforms. So, it can be done.

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“Don’t lose hope. The current situation is bad. I don’t need to tell you that, but I can see the light beyond the tunnel. There is light beyond the tunnel.”

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