This Administration Will Finish All It Started- Osinbajo
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the commitment of the Buhari-led administration to complete any of the projects it started before the end of its tenure.
While receiving a delegation from Bayelsa State regarding the $3.6 billion Brass Fertilizer & Petro-Chemical Company expected to come on stream soon, the acting President said this administration is promoting a new way of thinking and engagement that will secure the development of the Niger Delta and the entire country. The delegation which included executives of the company was led by Governor Seriake Dickson.
Osinbajo explained that the ‘New Vision’ approach, which ensures that “we finish whatever we start” involves an active and effective collaboration between the government, the private sector and the communities.
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Noting that the oil-producing communities have tremendous potentials, Osinbajo stressed that the Buhari administration is working so hard to change the culture of abandoned projects in Nigeria.
“The Buhari administration is committed to finishing whatever we start. At the end of the day, we shall ensure that,” he said.
Lamenting that only a 12 percent completion rate was recorded in several of the projects undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in the past years, while the rest were abandoned, Osinbajo said; “Sometimes projects are designed not to succeed, but just for some people to make money.”
He, however, noted that “a new way of thinking is emerging,” implying the effective collaboration with the private sector. He cited the example of the NLNG as one instance of such effective collaborations.
While commending the Bayelsa State Governor for his proactive efforts, the acting President also commended the collaboration that is ongoing regarding the Brass company.
“This is what we describe as the New Vision: a partnership between the Federal Government, the states, the communities and the private sector. This is the new way of thinking that is emerging, the New Vision.”
In his remarks, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, described the idea of the Brass Fertilizer and Petro-Chemical firm as “a game changer,” adding that such ideas have the potential to change the economic model in the Niger Delta.
The acting President also received a delegation from the Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria, SEDAN led by its President Mr Richard Olafare and the Director-General of the National Agricultural Seed Council, Dr. P.O.Ojo.
Prof. Osinbajo told the delegation that the Federal Government would do much more in the area of Agriculture, stressing that fertilizer and seed inputs are vital for the “agricultural revolution” that the Buhari administration is delivering.
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Speaking to members of the association, Osinbajo said: “your visit and contributions are very important to us. The President has said we must grow what we eat. We must be able to grow everything we eat. This is very important to us, we are very committed to food security. It is important to hear your views as we shape policy.”