Even though the Federal Government is doing everything possible to alleviate the present hardship faced by Nigerians, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hinted on Sunday, 11th September, that the full impact of a positive change of government may not be evident until 2018.
The Vice President said this in the course of an interview with journalists after a church programme in Abeokuta, Ogun State, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is “focused and determined to ensure this country is put on the right track.”
According to Osinbajo, the government is not ignorant of the fact that many Nigerians are already having doubts about the ‘Change’ mantra of the present government. He nevertheless, indicated that it may take a couple of years, probably till 2018, before the full impact of the promised positive change is felt.
“There are lots of people who will say where is the change they promised. People will condemn and shout, but we are very focused, calm and extremely confident that God is on our side and this country will not be the same.
“In another couple of years, we will see the difference. All of us have a part to play in the change. Nigerians must be patriotic in our dealings and daily activities. We should be committed to the nation.”
Mr. Vice President also attributed the current economic recession in Nigeria to pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta. This, he said, has led to the loss of about 60 per cent of oil revenue, government’s major income source. That notwithstanding, Osinbajo expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon overcome the challenge of vandalism.
Mr. Osinbajo alluded to corruption as another major reason the country was facing its current economic challenges. “It is high level of corruption and we have dealt with that. We are controlling government expenditure. Once you can control corruption, we are out of it”, he said.
He further stated that the government has already started diversifying into agriculture and solid minerals as a way of fully reviving the economy and results would be gradually achieved.
The Vice President said government was concerned about the number of unemployed youth, saying that the government would soon commence the implementation of the 500,000 job opportunities for volunteer corps as well as implement the planned micro credit facilities to a minimum of one million market women and artisans.