Vice President Osinbajo Advocates Support For Democracy

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has encouraged Nigerians
to show more commitment to national unity and democratic development.

Osinbajo gave the advice during the funeral service of the founder of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Late Dr  Fredrick Faseun at  the Saint Stephen’s Anglican Cathedral Church,  Ondo City, Ondo State. 

Professor Osinbajo maintained that Late  Faseun spent his lifetime and resources on the restoration of democracy through June twelve and OPC.

Also speaking, governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said the late pro democracy activist and nationalist who always spoke his mind no matter how controversial would remain indelible in the history of Yoruba race for his struggle through OPC

In a sermon, the Archbishop of Ondo Province, Anglican Communion, Most Revd Gabriel Akinbiyi who said death was inevitable for all irrespective of position or status described late Dr Frederick Fasehun as a patriotic Nigerian whose life was devoted to the liberating the people regardless of religious and political affiliations. 

Aged, eighty three, late Dr Fredrick Faseun is survived by wife, six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Dignitaries at the event included , Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, former Ondo State  governor , Dr Olusegun Mimiko, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Professor Claudius Daramola and Reverend Cannon Adebayo Eso of the Ondo Diocese of  Anglican Communion.

 

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Vice President Osinbajo Tasks Media On Fake News

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, says the media has the sole responsibility of cross checking information before disseminating to the public.

Professor Osinbajo made the assertion at a conference organised by the BBC world Service on countering fake news as Nigeria prepares for this year’s general election.

The Vice President said the Nigerian media had a stake in sustaining the nation’s democracy and national unity by display of professionalism in gate keeping.

Osinbajo said he had also been affected by fake news.

“I am also one of the very many targets of fake news. And it isn’t just for money, sometimes it may also cause you marital peace.

“I got a call in the office from my wife about three weeks ago or four weeks ago and she said Yemi, what were you doing with strippers? I said, ‘what to do you mean strippers?’ ”

He added that there had been a story on a very famous blog that said “Osinbajo Caught With Strippers” and there was a photograph of him standing between two perfectly clothed ladies, but just underneath it, the same ladies were not wearing much cloths.

Osinbajo added that as it turned out, he had in fact taken photographs with the two ladies at an entertainment event when they were perfectly clothed, saying by the time the story was put out, it was as though he had also taken the photograph with them when they were not clothed at all.

Osinbajo concluded that the capacity of fake news to cause great harm was not in doubt.

He also said frequently, particularly every day, he saw news that affected his work in one way or the other that were fake.

He said if nothing was done to halt the menace, a time will come when nothing will be believable.

“I think that if we discredit public information in that way, it is a massive danger for society itself aside from the capacity of fake news to cause physical harm and all that,” Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo, however, said it will be impossible to regulate the social media without substantially infringing on the fundamental human rights, especially freedom of expression.

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Buhari-Osinbajo Will Be Re-Elected – Jesusina

 chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Alimosho has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be re-elected during this year’s general election.

Omotola Jesusina, a member of the women wing in the biggest local government in Nigeria explained to journalists in Ikeja, Lagos that the achievement of the APC government in the last three years has been remarkable.

She said before now Nigerians used to queue at filling stations with kegs in their hands to buy fuel but that Buhari has ended that barbaric way of life.

“Before President Buhari came on board kegs and vehicles used to drag for fuel. In Alimosho, when they sell fuel for five kegs, they will sell for two vehicles, but those days are long gone.

“First they brought ‘Change’ and now they are taking us to the ‘Next Level’, Nigerians need to be patient.

“This government has done more for Nigerians than any other government since 1999. We can boast of a more reliable power supply, we can boast good roads like the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and we see the rail roads are coming.

She said the Social Investment Programmes has had huge impact in Alimosho especially the TraderMoni scheme.

“TraderMoni has been a success, come to Ikotun and Ejigbo market and you will hear the success story of the scheme. There is N-Power and the National Home Grown Feeding Programme which is coming to Lagos soon.

“We must also not forget that this government is doing more things with less income. How much is crude oil? But look at the infrastructure across the country.

Mrs Jesusina said the APC will also win by landslide in Lagos commending the choice of Babajide Sanwo-Olu. “If you look at the trajectory of Lagos, you will agree that it is a State that has been led by progressives and that is not about to change.

“Our national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu began the work to put Lagos on the international map and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola continued from where he left off.

“Of course, no one can deny the mind-blowing achievements and progress the State has made under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and I can assure Lagosians of more dividends of democracy under Sanwo-Olu.

She praised hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan who is leader of APC in Alimosho for doing a good job to galvanise leaders and members of the party.

“The party structure in Alimosho is solid and we are fully ready to ensure that both at the national and state level APC wins and by the grace of God nothing will change that,” she added.

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Next Month Presidential Polls Nigeria’s Date With Destiny – Osinbajo

he February 16, 2019 Presidential election will be Nigeria’s date with destiny as it will determine whether the country will make progress or go back to the days of corruption and impunity, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Vice President stated this in Abuja on Tuesday when he addressed a cross-section of Nigerians at the “Drive 4 Buhari/Osinbajo Rally” – an initiative of the “I am Ready Campaign Group”, organized to mobilize support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.  

According to him, “February 16, 2019 is our date! It is the date of our country with destiny; that is the date we will decide whether we want to go forward or we want to go backwards.

“All that President Buhari has tried to do in these past four years, is first of all, clean up the big mess that we met. The major problem of our country has always been corruption; stealing of the resources of the people. I have never heard it before, where a person after stealing your money says: “I am the one who can come back and help you”.

The “Drive 4 Buhari Osinbajo” Rally – one of the highpoints of Prof. Osinbajo’s Tuesday outings, started as early as 9 a.m. with thousands of volunteers within and around the FCT converging on the Eagle Square arena to register their support for the Buhari presidency.

The drive-through rally involved thousands of volunteers many of whom drove their cars and tricycles adorned with President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s posters from satellite towns of Gwagwalada, Zuba, Nyanya, Kuje and other suburbs of the FCT, through the various parts of the city to the Eagle Square, all indicating their support for Buhari’s re-election.

At the Eagle Square, thousands of admirers and supporters of Buhari and Osinbajo chanted victory songs to welcome the Vice President as he made a grand entrance into the arena for the final phase of the programme.

Also on ground to spice up the event were entertainers who danced and sang popular songs to the admiration of all.

Continuing, Prof. Osinbajo said the choice of whom to vote for in the coming elections should not be very difficult as President Buhari is renowned for his integrity, “even Buhari’s worst enemies know that he is an honest man, even the thieves know that he is an honest man.”

Speaking specifically about the programmes and projects executed by the Buhari-led Federal Government, the Vice President said the achievements recorded so far were as a result of prudent and transparent management of resources.

He said: “for the first time, our country is spending money on roads and railways. They have been talking about railways since, for the past 16 years, but we have just started building the Lagos – Kano railway now.

“We are earning less money but we are doing far more. We are also building the Itakpe – Warri railway and even the 2nd Niger Bridge. They commissioned the 2nd Niger Bridge before, but when they commissioned it, there was no design. Today, we have started to build the 2nd Niger Bridge.

“In every State in Nigeria, we are building a major road; we are going to complete the Lagos – Calabar railway, by the grace of God, Port Harcourt – Maiduguri is also going to be completed.”

In the Power Sector, Prof. Osinbajo said “after 16 years, 3000MW of power is all that we had, but today we are at 7000MW. But we have not even started yet, because we know that power is still a problem, so we are trying to solve the problem.”

He said the Federal Government in its determination to address the challenge had adopted measures to address issues of both generation and transmission.

“In Sabon Gari market, we have a separate solar power plant and many of the shops have power now. In Ariaria market in Abia, we have also done the same thing, we also did the same thing in Sura market in Lagos, and we also put power in Edaiken market in Benin.

“Very soon, our country will have enough power with the plan that we have, to provide power separately, only through the National Grid, but to provide power to the different parts of our country so that our country will have power”, the Vice President added.

Prof. Osinbajo assured Nigerians that “President Buhari has a plan, and he is an honest man, and he is making sure that he executes that plan”.

In a related development, the Vice President on Tuesday inaugurated the Buhari Media Centre; continued the Family Chat series, all in Gwarimpa and also interacted with artisans and traders at the UTC complex and the Tipper Garage market, all in the FCT.

At the UTC Plaza in Area 10 – a popular printing hub in the FCT, the Vice President paid a visit to artisans and traders, interacting with them on the activities and programmes of the Federal Government.

On arrival at the plaza, the Vice President was welcomed amidst cheers and dancing by the mammoth crowd.

Prof. Osinbajo interacted with some artisans and traders at the plaza, assuring them of a better Nigeria with President Buhari on the saddle beyond 2019.

Earlier in Gwarimpa, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated the Buahri Media Centre in Abuja and had a brief interaction with Nigerians via a live Facebook interview on the activities and programmes of the Buhari administration.

He said: “there is no reason why young Nigerians can’t be trained and equipped for outsourced jobs from big technology firms around the world to troubleshoot and handle customer care questions and be paid by those global tech firms. This explains the Federal Government’s push towards technology.”

The Vice President emphasized that the business of improving Nigeria’s economy is not just by talking and wondered why “those trying to come back did nothing, for example, to fix the Lagos-Ibadan expressway or the Second Niger Bridge for which there was not even a design until the Buhari presidency did it”.

He also made an unscheduled stop at the Tipper Garage Market in Gwarimpa where he interacted briefly with traders, shoppers and people in the market, many of whom received him with cheers and singing in what was an exciting atmosphere.  

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Oyo Monarch Lauds FG’s Social Intervention Program

The Onigbeti of Igbetiland, Oba Emmanuel Oyekan Oyebisi, Ofasegbejo III, has praised the Social Investment Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, describing it as a people-oriented intervention programme.

Oba Oyebisi disclosed this while receiving the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, at his palce in Oyo State.

The Vice President, who was in Oyo State for the continuation of the “family chats” explained that the TraderMoni, MarketMoni and the N-Power programmes were designed to liberate the masses from poverty.

He stressed: “The TraderMoni is to empower the small, small traders, it is not for big business. Those in big businesses have their own, which is called the MarketMoni. We want to reach every village so that the people here will also benefit from this government; all of us will be going up, up, up.”

Osinbajo said the Federal Government will continue to encourage hard work by assisting artisans with money to enhance their businesses.

He added: “Even those  who are not graduates, but can read and write will be given a stipend monthly like those in the N-Power programme.”

The monarch further urged the Federal Government to develop the mineral resources in his domain, including different types of marble, for the progress of the community and the country.

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FG Registers 100,000 SMEs In Three Months

The federal government, Friday, said about one hundred thousand MSMEs were registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) between October to date.

Acting Registrar-General of the Commission, Lady Azuka Azinge made this known during a media roundtable in Abuja.

Ms Azinge said the presidential directive to reduce the cost in registration of businesses for three months was responsible for the achievement.

Lady Azinge said the aim for the reduction was to revamp the country’s economy through support to the micro, small and medium enterprises whose activities contribute to the development of the economy.

It would be recalled that Vice President Yemi Osinbai, SAN, in September directed the reduction of registration of MSMEs businesses from 10,000 to 5000 under the presidential enabling business environment council.

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TraderMoni: Vice President Osinbajo Visits Warri Market To Assess Disbursement Of Loan

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday visited the Warri Main Market and Ogbe Ogonogo Market, Asaba in Delta State to assess the disbursement of the TraderMoni scheme.

TraderMoni is an Empowerment Scheme of the Federal Government created specifically for petty traders and artisans across the country.

Under the scheme, two million petty traders across the country would get N10,000 collateral-free loans this year.

Osinbajo, shortly after touching down at the Warri Airport, proceeded to the Palace of Olu Of Warri Ogiame Ikenwoli for a courtesy visit.

Osinbajo was given massive welcome at the palace where he addressed an enthusiastic crowd.

He explained that TraderMoni, a brainchild of President Muhammadu Buhari, was meant to empower no fewer than 2 million petty traders in 2018.

“Today, I am here to flag off the TraderMoni scheme –one of those schemes initiated by President Buhari.

“We have looked at the whole commercial landscape of Nigeria; the largest number of people engaged in commerce are petty traders.

“They are small traders; some of them table top traders; some of them selling on trays and the whole is usually not more than N2000 to N5000.

“The president then decided, following an experience which he had with the Katsina Foundation which he was the chairman, that it is important to give these petty traders some kind of a loan—N10,000.

“When they pay back, we give them N15,000, when they pay back, we give them 20,000 and we keep increasing all the way to N100,000 so long as they come back.

“It is meant to empower the petty traders,’’ he said.

The vice president said that there was nothing political about the scheme as was being insinuated.

He said it was unfortunate that because the scheme had gained popularity, some people were attacking it.

At the Warri Main Market, Osinbajo was given a rousing welcome by a waiting crowd which cheered and hailed as the vice president acknowledged cheers.

He went round the market lines and stalls to have a one on one exchange with the traders.

Afterwards, the vice president proceeded to palace of Ovie of Ughelli Wilson Oharisi 111 on a courtesy call.

At the Ogbe Ogonogo Market, Asaba, Osinbajo was also received by broom wielding crowd.

He went round the market and had one on one interactions with the traders who told the vice president their successes with the TraderMoni.

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Prof Osinbajo Praises President Buhari At 76

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has heaped praises on his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari as he turned 76 on Monday.

Osinbajo who is in Vienna, Austria to participate in the Africa-Europe High Level Forum with other African and European Heads of States or Government, described Buhari as a man who genuinely loves Nigeria.

Osinbajo alongside Buhari are seeking a second term in office in the forthcoming general elections billed for February 2019.

Sending his greetings, Osinbajo took to Twitter and wrote, “To a man, who has been exemplary in life and his commitment to Nigeria,” he tweeted along with a painted sketch of Buhari.

He added that, “To a man who has a great sense of humour,” he said of Buhari who had three failed attempts to be President.

“To a man who genuinely loves the Nigerian people and to a man I am privileged to call Boss, Happy 76th Birthday!” Osinbajo wrote.

President Buhari was born in Daura on 17 December 1942, and after his early education in both Daura and Katsina, he joined the army in 1961.

After initial training at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) now known as Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Buhari went for cadet training at from 1962 to 1963 at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, England.

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at the age of 20, and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta.

From then on, his military career blossomed. At the head of several commands, before, during and after the civil war, Buhari in 1973 attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India.

After the 1975 coup that brought Murtala Muhammed to power, Buhari was appointed governor of the North Eastern state, where he is now leading, as civilian president and commander-in-chief, a charge of Nigerian troops against Boko Haram insurgency, since 2015.

In 2003, Buhari had his first shot at the presidency. He did not win. He tried again in 2007 and 2011 and again failed to win.

On his fourth attempt in 2015 alongside Prof Osinbajo, he made the record as the first challenger to defeat an incumbent in the presidential election in Nigeria.

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Vice President Osinbajo To Participate In Meeting Of Africa, Europe Heads Of Government In Vienna

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, would be participating in the Africa-Europe High Level Forum with other African and European Heads of States or Government holding in Vienna, Austria on Monday, December 17, and Tuesday, December 18.

At the High-Level Forum, hosted by the Austrian government on behalf of the European Union and the African Union, Prof. Osinbajo would be speaking on the forum’s theme ‘Taking cooperation to the digital age’.

The High-Level Forum will promote innovation and digitalisation according to the organizers in the EU and AU, “as important enablers of our future development, so that everyone can benefit from the ongoing digital transformation.”

The forum aims at assessing “how current partnerships between Africa and Europe contribute to this goal, complementing the ongoing implementation of the joint declaration of the 2017 Abidjan Summit between the African Union and the European Union, which, among other things, highlighted the importance of unlocking the potential of the digital economy for Africa and Europe. It also aims at contributing to the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs.”

During his trip to Vienna, Prof. Osinbajo would hold a townhall meeting with the Nigerian community in Austria; and also attend several bilateral meetings with European government leaders, including the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Andrej Babis; Prime Minister of Finland, H.E. Juha Petri Sipilä; the Federal Chancellor of Austria, His Excellency, Sebastian Kurz; and the UK Minister for Africa, Harriet Baldwin.

Prof. Osinbajo would also meet with top officials of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Vice President leaves Abuja late Sunday night and is expected back on Tuesday.

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Nigerian Tech Hub: What Vice President Osinbajo Has Done In Three Years – Aide

Special Assistant to Nigeria’s Vice President on Innovation and Entrepreneur, Mr. Ife Adebayo, Saturday, stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has worked with private sector to set up four technology incubation hubs, and engaged with over 10 other hubs in the country.

In a response to a tweet from one @JajaPhD questioning Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s statement that the current administration has built six tech hubs, the Presidential aide noted that the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan administration set up one hub in four years, which was eventually shut down due to lack of support from the same administration.

According to him, the failure of the past administration in establishing just one hub was a “good learning point for the present government” which in three years, has recorded huge achievement in the technology sector.

Mr. Bosun Tijani of CcHub, and an expert in the tech space, added that two hubs were fully seed (Lagos and Tinapa) by the past administration but failed due to the inability of the then government to allow private players to run it.

“It was never clear whether the folks in Abuja quite understood the concept of the obligation. By and large, any decent accelerator takes approximately 3 classes to crack the code. Pretty clear IDEAHub never got its total agreed upon cash support.

“It was a bad idea expecting government money to run it in the first place. The set up cost for hubs are typically the biggest pain. It should have been seeded and handed out. The DNA of idea hub was wrong from start. It didn’t take six months for diesel to start running out,” Tijani narrated.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Adebayo explained that the National Social Investments Program working with Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), engaged with private sector players to seeing to the implementation of government footprint and direct and indirect interventions in the tech ecosystem.

His tweets: “In the North East, in partnership with development partners, private sector & universities, we setup @Northeast_iHub, focused on providing innovative solutions to humanitarian challenges in the region. Today the hub is 3D printing prosthesis for amputees among other amazing things.

“In the North Central & South East, we worked with @vplatformhub and @genesystechhub to run programs (Hackathons, Bootcamps, Incubation, Business support, startup finance etc). The businesses generated millions in revenue and millions in convertible business leads.

“The Startup companies supported have employed an average of 4 people within the one-month incubation program. The citizens are more aware and inspired to launch startups and the program had a total combined reach of over 10,000 persons in just 2 months.

“In the North West, a hub is in line to receive a $500k World Bank grant, and engaging with other hubs in the region to run a similar program as the North Central and South East. Hubs in other regions are also in line to receive the funds.

“In the South West, working with private sector players  and the Ondo State government, in particular the office of @OlumbeAKinkugbe, we setup @premierhubng;  focused on supporting start -ups in agriculture, manufacturing, ICT etc. The hub is currently running programs supporting regional start ups.

“In the South South, working with the private sector and the Edo State Government’s @EdoInnovates program, we set up the @SSInnovationHub focused on education, tourism, oil and gas, security.

“In Lagos, in partnership with the @EDC4SME of the Lagos Business School, we set up the @nigeriacic as part of the World Bank’s Climate Technology Program. The center is focused on supporting climate smart businesses, research on climate change & its impact, data & analytics etc.”

The Presidential aide further revealed that conversations are currently ongoing with partners to set up an MIT Supply Chain Lab in Abuja, to focus on supporting supply chain & logistics programs, start ups and MSMEs, research and data on supply chain issues in Nigeria.

“Working with Google, the Office of the Senior Special Assiatant on Sustainable Development Goals, and partners like @MindThe_GapNG, have successfully trained over 500,000 Nigerians in digital skills in 2016/17.

“Other hubs like @CivicLab have run various programs that have received government’s support, Civic is currently running the Student Innovation Center programs across the country. And this has already been launched in the Ado Bayero University in Kano & University of Lagos. Enugu is next,” he added.

Adebayo further stressed that all hub engagements are private sector driven.

“Learning from the issues of the ONE hub setup by the last admin in FOUR years, we run programs that are private sector driven, and data/evidence drives every action. This is why we have partners like the World Bank, Google, development partners, institutions like universities and polytechnics etc working with our private sector partners. The hubs are able to leverage on Govt’s convening power to bring together these partners.

Everything done was based on evidence. First thing we did was with @dalbergtweet, & development partner funding, we developed the “Strategic Framework & Implementation Plan for Job Creation”. This was the foundation for everything we did. 

“One of the sectors prioritized was ICT. We then ran a regional innovation mapping, which produced the “Innovation as a Catalyst for Growth” report. This report formed the foundation for engagement with hubs and other ecosystem players in the country.

“Also, as part of the Aso Villa Demo day program, an initial 79 Start Ups received first tranche of start up finance of approximately $1.5million dollars, more than 50 of them have received a second tranche, bringing total start up funds support disbursement to about $2.5m.”

 

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No Country Can Survive With Grand Corruption, Vice President Osinbajo Says At Germany Diaspora Town Hall Meeting

The problem with Nigeria is not about resources or planning, but the poor management of resources in the past bothering on grand corruption, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Speaking last night with a cross section of Nigerians living in Germany, Prof. Osinbajo, while responding to questions during a town-hall meeting, said those who have made away with the nation’s resources should be made to account for it, and that going forward such corruption does not happen again.

According to him “the greatest problem Nigeria has is one of grand corruption; that is the biggest problem we have, not the problem of planning or plans; and grand corruption is the reason why we are not moving as fast as we should in our country.”

He added, “that there is no country in the world that can survive if its resources are stolen the way Nigeria’s resources are stolen.”

The Vice President noted that most of the issues raised by the Nigerians in Diaspora at the meeting around lack of energy, infrastructure, quality and extensive health care services, education and security can be traced back to the management of resources, while calling on Nigerian citizens to hold leaders accountable for the nation’s wealth.

The Vice President spoke and took over 30 questions at the town hall meeting in Berlin, described by many of the attendees as the first of its kind since 1999, when civil rule was restored in Nigeria.

Prof. Osinbajo stated that one of the key issues the Buhari administration is dealing with in partnership with European leaders now is the repatriation of the country’s stolen assets stashed abroad, adding that the Federal Government was equally having conversations with European countries on the subject of migration of Nigerians to Europe.

He told the gathering that government was concerned about whole migration issue and has started negotiating with European countries. He added that European countries can partner with Nigeria by investing in the country thereby discouraging the kind of migration of young people that is now prevalent. He was optimistic the challenge can be effectively addressed through Nigeria’s collaboration with its European partners.

Explaining Federal Government’s efforts at addressing unemployment challenges, the Vice President observed that a young population of about 60 per cent creates a yearly addition of about 1.4 million graduates to the unemployment market.

He, however, revealed that the Buhari administration is addressing the matter from several fronts such as the Federal Government employment of 500,000 graduates under the N-Power scheme, as well as through other social investment programmes like MarketMoni and TraderMoni.

Still on government efforts, he noted that, “one of the areas we are hoping to get employment is through agriculture. What we have done with agriculture is we have given 760,000 farmers direct loans under the Anchor Borrowers scheme”; generating more interests among farmers especially in the North, which is where a lot of farming is going on.

Responding to the issue about the wild insinuation that made the rounds to the effect that the President died last year, Vice President Osinbajo told the audience, which included cross sections of Nigerians in Germany, Ambassadors of Nigeria to Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium, that it was ridiculous for anyone to suggest that the President was dead. He said it did not make sense to say the President died abroad and that no one knew.

Continuing, he said, “is it possible that anyone will die here in Germany and no one will know he died and somehow he will be flown out quietly out of a country like England? I think it is just so absurd. I think it is not something we should take half seriously. I think we should be properly informed,” he submitted.

On health care delivery services to majority of Nigerians, Prof Osinbajo agreed on the need to extend good health care to all Nigerians, but he pointed out this can only be achieved through compulsory health insurance policy.

Underscoring the urgent need to develop a functional educational system, the Vice President announced that the Buhari administration was developing a robust education policy, saying “education is the basis of all we’re doing.”

In the next number of years by 2050, “we are going to be third most populous country in the entire world. So if we don’t get education right we are in deep trouble, it means if we don’t get our education policy right, we are going to have millions of young people out there doing nothing; nothing can be more dangerous than that.

“But if you look at our education policy and what we are trying to do a lot of it is technology based. We are working on our curriculum with some technology institutions and companies like MIT, Oracle, Cisco, and quite a few, just to develop the curriculum. The educational policy is what we call STEAM; we have added Arts to STEM and we are looking at how to deliver that policy in the cheapest and quickest possible way using technology.

“Part of our plans is to reconstruct 10,000 classrooms annually; it is not just to fix the structure, it also involves technology; to put technology into those classrooms to make sure we have the model right and we have so many countries that are interested in partnering with us”.

“Technology in my view is really the way to go; to expand our capacity to train teachers and to train them quickly and this is contained in our Next Level document”, he stressed.

On the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Vice President said negotiation between the Federal Government and ASUU was continuing and he expressed hope that an agreement can be reached with soon.

The Vice President is today headlining the Nigerian-German Business Dialogue in Berlin.

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Osinbajo To Launch Trader Moni In Akwa Ibom

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), is set to launch the N10,000 collateral-free Trader Moni scheme in Akwa Ibom.

Former governor of the State and Senator, Godswill Akpabio, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing supporters at his campaign kick off and inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) office in Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government.

Akpabio noted that market women in the state would benefit from the scheme with cash grants by the Federal Government.

According to him, Akwa Ibom appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in infrastructural development, and the appointments the APC administration had offered Akwa Ibom sons and daughters.

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