Interview With Journalists After APC Stakeholders Meeting In London On 12/12/2018

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INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE OUR PRIMARY FOCUS SAYS VP OSINBAJO

The determination to invest heavily in infrastructure which is our key concern back home in Nigeria despite earning almost 60 percent less than the previous governments remains the focus of the Buhari administration, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this in response to questions from journalists after meeting with the APC stakeholders in London. He said, “we invested in two budget circle about N2.7 trillion on capital which is the highest in the history of the country.”

“We believe that infrastructure is for economic development and so we are doing the rail, Lagos Kano Rail, we are doing the Alaja-Warri rail, we are doing the Port Harcourt -Maiduguri rail, Kano and Malari rail. One of the reasons I was in Germany I just left two days ago, some of the KMW Bank, the German Bank to inspect the Kano -Malari rail,” he stated.

Nothing that the Diaspora in the UK is important and the largest in the world, Prof. Osinbajo said talking to them is in every sense talking to thousands of Nigerians in abroad and at home.

“The Diaspora in the UK is particularly important because this is the largest diaspora community in the world.  So really if you are talking to hundreds of thousands of Nigerians for anyone with any sense at all it’s a very important community to address.  So it’s representative, it’s the way to go.  The Diaspora here is also very active at home,” he also noted

Below is the full interview:

WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENGAGE THE DIASPORA?

The Diaspora in the UK is particularly important because this is the largest diaspora community in the world.  So really if you are talking to hundreds of thousands of Nigerians for anyone with any sense at all it’s a very important community to address.  So it’s representative, it’s the way to go.  The Diaspora here is also very active at home.

Many Nigerians think they are in the right contact with goings on at home and I think that they are very influential. We have seen that in the last election, we have seen that cycle after cycle.  And just some of the conversations we have seen here today shows how on board most people are, how connected they are to the situations and the issues at home. Really I’ve been talking to the community here and it seems like I am talking to the communities back at home.

ABOUT THE NEXT LEVEL CAMPAIGN, WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT  THING WE SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO AS WE ARE GOING INTO THE ELECTION?

Our determination to invest heavily in infrastructure which is our key concern back home in Nigeria, despite the fact that we earning almost 60 percent less than the previous government. Several more many will know that we invested in two budget cycles about N2.7 trillion on capital which is the highest in the history of the country and this is because we believe that infrastructure which is for economic development and we are doing the rail, Lagos Kano Rail, we are doing the Alaja-Warri rail, we are doing the Port Harcourt -Maiduguri rail, Kano and Malari rail. One of the reasons I was in Germany and I just left two days ago, some of the representatives of KMW Bank, the German Bank will inspect the Kano -Malari rail.

The President is focused on ensuring that these rails roads across the country are complete including the Lagos-Calabar rail.  Then, of course, road infrastructure, power and transportation, these are very important infrastructural developments.

So the Next Level is likely keying into some of the achievements, I think we can keep this.  As you know, we have already completed the Abuja-Kaduna and it’s working very well. The Abuja light rail that also has been completed.

We think that it’s an important time to really move our economy forward by completing this infrastructure project.

The second is the social investment programme and focus on jobs.  We are at the moment, engaging over 500,000 young people, but we have to double these numbers in the coming year and we have to do even more in terms of training of young people.  Then there is an educational plan and the National Health Insurance and all of that, and making sure that we able to cover all Nigerians.  The Next Level is important.  We cannot afford to derail it by going backwards to the PDP who, as you know, have in the past 16 years, especially the past four, five years derailed the country, I mean impoverished the country.

The time when we were earning what we did in the last four years, the highest ever where the oil earnings were $100 to $114 per barrel, $383 billion you can’t find the trace of really what was done with such resources.  So it will be a tragedy indeed if we are to go back to that PDP era.  We are going forward.