Speaking on Tuesday, July 11, at the Quarterly Presidential Business Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo stressed that the present administration is determined to deliver on its promises to the electorate and committed to reviving the Nigerian economy within the next 18 months.
Explaining how fortunate Nigeria is to have a leader in President Buhari, the Acting President also pledged that the present administration would continue to ensure that public funds were spent efficiently. In his words:
“I have said this repeatedly, that in some sense we are fortunate to have a leader like the president who at least we know is straightforward, honest, and committed to ensuring that government expenditure is spent the way it should be spent, and that people don’t do what they like.
“To that extent, I think we have the right environment at least in terms of government discipline and all of that, to be able to deliver on the promises that we have made.
“But, do not doubt for one moment at all, our commitment to ensuring that we are able to deliver on the promises that we have made.
“Day after day, night after night we are working on these things. Practically every night we work on these issues. I believe very strongly that Nigeria will turn around.
“I have no doubt in my mind that if we are focused even in the next 12 to 18 months, if we are focused we will certainly see a turn around.”
The Acting President therefore, called on the private sector to partner with the government to achieve the set target.
Also speaking at the event, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said Nigeria should continue to diversify its economy to enable it to generate more revenue to fund its budget, adding that the country cannot borrow any more.
Adeosun also explained that the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme is aimed at improving revenue collection rate and generally improving domestic revenue mobilization so that the budget can be sustainably funded.
The minister said the response of Nigerians to the inauguration of VAIDS was encouraging and expressed hope that the Buhari administration would reposition Nigeria to the level that “we will not be so vulnerable as we have been in the past to oil price movements”.
In a related development, the Presidency has revealed that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met with ailing president Muhammadu Buhari in London, on Tuesday, July 12, 2017.
“AgP @ProfOsinbajo meeting with President @MBuhari in London today, and returning to Abuja immediately afterwards,” the Presidency tweeted on Tuesday. But there was no detail on the subject of the discussion.
However, a tweet by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, on Wednesday, July 12, said that the Acting President has returned to Nigeria.
It reads: “Acting President Osinbajo is back in Abuja from London and will be presiding over FEC starting @ 11am at the Council Chambers.
“We will soon share more information about AgP Osinbajo’s London meeting with President Buhari. It was a very good meeting. God bless Nigeria.”