Nigeria’s capacity is limitless – Acting President Osinbajo

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

Acting president, Prof. Osinbajo (left) and Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says that the country has a limitless capacity to produce goods.

Osinbajo said this at a clinic for small and medium scale businesses in Katsina State.

Speaking on President Muhammadu Buhari’s convictions, he said “when he gave the 2017 budget speech in December 2016, the President said the central vision of our government is to grow everything that we would eat and to make everything we would use.”

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government’s newly launched Economic Recovery & Growth Plan (EGRP) places a high premium on the nation’s capacity to grow its export potentials rather than continue on the unsustainable path of total dependence on import.

He said the focus of the Plan is to develop “the capacity of Nigerians to do everything that we need internally; to become a net exporter of the various things that we are importing today.”

Explaining Federal Government’s reason for the inauguration of the MSMEs Clinics that is now going round major cities in the country, Prof Osinbajo stated that it was designed to give small businesses the opportunity “to meet with the industry regulators, to talk to them and to hear their problems.”

He explained that the idea of the clinics, which he had personally attended for the fourth time, was the Buhari administration’s effort to close the gap between medium and small scale businesses and relevant federal government regulatory agencies and ensure they become facilitators of businesses not obstacles to business development.

Cordial relationship

Giving an insight on the personal and official relationships he has shared with the President, Prof. Osinbajo disclosed that ” the President has been treating me as a brother. In fact the President has taken me as a son in the way he treats me.”

“Going by the amount of responsibilities President Buhari has given me, it shows that he seriously believes that we can live as brothers in this country. He seriously believes in the unity of Nigeria. I pray the Lord will preserves our President to continue to lead us just as the nation has voted him to do,” he said.

The Acting President had earlier spoken on the cordial relationship between him and President Buhari when he paid a visit to the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, saying “one of the reasons why I feel very much at home in Katsina state is because this is the state of our President.”

He commended the Government and people of Katsina State for being a role model in terms of peaceful co-existence of ethnic groups and religions, describing the state as “the home of a United Nigeria.”

He also spoke about the imperative of a one indivisible and united Nigeria, emphasizing that the nation’s diversity is its strength.

Prof Osinbajo,  who declared the MSMEs Clinic open, was accompanied to Katsina by the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika; Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs  Aisha Abubakar; Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler and Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu.