FG Has Resolved Legal Issues At Ajaokuta Steel Company – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal Government has resolved all legal issues that have halted operations at the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

He made this known in Kogi State on Tuesday during the State Economic and Investment Summit in 2018.

Work seems to have been grounded in the national steel company that has gulped billions of naira by successive administrations since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

“We have now resolved the legal issues holding down work in Ajaokuta at the Ajaokuta steel complex, just as the Honourable Minister has said,” Professor Osinbajo told the audience at the summit.

He is of the view that Kogi plays a strategic role in the country for being the largest producer of cashew and also in rice production in the country.

The Vice President further commended the state governor, Mr Yahaya Bello, for bringing out a 30-year long-term development plan.

He reiterated the support of the Federal Government to the state as he highlights some of the state’s roles in the central region of the country.

“Our recognition of Kogi is not misplaced – your host to the biggest steel industry in Nigeria, the Ajaokuta Steel Company, and one of the largest cement factories in Africa, the Dangote Cement Company in Obajana, and also the highly prolific Jakura marble factory,” said Osinbajo.

In his earlier remarks, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, explained why people perceive work had been abandoned at the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Osinbajo Denies Meeting Political Groups In Kano Visit

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has denied rumours that his visit to Kano State on Saturday, February 3, 2017 was to meet political groups.

Rather, Osinbajo said he was in Kano to attend the weeding of his personal assistant, Hafiz Ibrahim Kawu that was well publicized.

This is contained in a statement by Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande in Abuja on Monday.

Read the full statement below:

The attention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has been drawn to a TV news report suggesting that he was in Kano State on Saturday, 3rd of February, 2018 to meet with some political groups. This is completely false and misleading.

On the contrary, the Vice President was in Kano to attend the wedding ceremony of his Personal Assistant, Hafiz Ibrahim Kawu, which was well publicized over the weekend.

On arrival, he was met by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at the airport, and went straight to the mosque, venue of the Wedding Nikhai. After that, he paid the traditional courtesy call on the Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and proceeded back to the airport.

At no time during the visit did he meet with any political group or groups. Any attempt to give the impression that he was in Kano for a political purpose is mischievous and should be disregarded.

Indeed, the Vice President has in the past few weeks met in Abuja with the Kano APC leadership to ensure unity and full cooperation among party leaders, and this has also been well reported in the media.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

Office of the Vice President

05 February, 2018

Herdsmen Crisis: Osinbajo Led NEC Committee Meets In Abuja

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting behind closed doors with some state governors.

The meeting holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja is being attended by governors of Adamawa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Kaduna and Zamfara States.

Deputy governors of Benue and Oyo States are also in attendance.

It is a meeting of a committee set up recently by the National Economic Council to find lasting solution to herdsmen’s killings across the country.

Members of the group had their first meeting immediately after the NEC meeting during which the committee was established.

Nigeria To Receive AfDB’s $400m Budget Support Loan

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria will be getting $400m from the African Development Bank soon as sector loans.

 

Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of AfDB’s Nigeria Country Department Building in Abuja on Thursday said Dr. Akinwumi Adesina the bank’s president  had confirmed that the money would be given to the country as sector loans.

 

 

 

The AfDB approved $1bn loan in November 2016 to assist the country get out of recession. A total of $600m had been released out of the $1b

 

Osinbajo said the release of the first tranche of the loan was instrumental in helping Nigeria to wriggle out of recession.

 

He stated, “Since 1971, the Nigeria Country Office has served as an important convening point for the bank, the Federal Government and state governments and the private sector. Nigeria has been important in the growth of the institution as a major shareholder, a donor and a borrower.

 

“We have through the years shared the bank’s vision and objectives to underscore the love between the AfDB and Nigeria (as the president of the bank rightly describes it as a marriage). We have loaned our own Dr. Akinwumi Adesina to the bank as he is to our great pride and Nigeria’s first president of the bank.

 

“In Nigeria, the AfDB has an active portfolio of close to $6bn spread over 73 projects, cutting across public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy. These projects continue to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs in many parts of our economy.”

 

Osinbajo added, “Most specifically, I thank the President and the members of the Board of the AfDB for their support to Nigeria at a very difficult time during the 2015/2016 economic recession. When we requested for the support of the bank, the response was swift. The bank approved a budget support loan of $1bn in November 2016. The first tranche of $600m has been fully disbursed and utilised.

 

“In my discussions with the president of the bank, we will be getting the remainder in form of sector loans. So we are looking forward to the remaining $400m. As you know with marriages, very frequently – when demand is made, sometimes it is cut in halves.

 

“The approval of our loan request by the AfDB sent a much-needed signal to the market at the critical time for Nigeria, and for this, we will remain ever grateful to the AfDB.”

 

 

 

At the event, Nigeria also demanded that it should be considered as the bank’s regional hub for West Africa.

 

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said that the new office complex would strengthen Nigeria’s effort and desire for regional integration in the West African sub-region and demanded that the country should be considered as the regional hub for the AfDB in West Africa.

 

She stated, “It is in this regard that I would like to put on record Nigeria’s strong desire and demand to host the regional hub of the African Development Bank.

 

“We think that being the largest shareholder of the bank since inception and the country with one of the largest portfolios of its projects, Abuja, Nigeria is the natural and logical place for the bank’s regional hub.

 

“Through this investment, the African Development Bank has made Nigeria the first regional member country to host the bank-owned office complex.”

 

The minister urged Adesina to convey Nigeria’s request to the bank’s senior management and executive board.

 

In his remarks, the AfDB president stated that the bank would continue to support Nigeria and other African countries in order to accelerate the development of infrastructure and energy on the continent.

 

“The bank’s portfolio in Nigeria is currently about $6bn and we expect these investments to grow to $8bn by the 2019,” he added.

 

The AfDB boss disclosed that the bank had invested $500m in the Development Bank of Nigeria and would also be committing $200m in the Transmission Corporation of Nigeria.

 

 

 

President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria will be getting $400m from the African Development Bank soon as sector loans.

 

Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of AfDB’s Nigeria Country Department Building in Abuja on Thursday said Dr. Akinwumi Adesina the bank’s president  had confirmed that the money would be given to the country as sector loans.

 

 

 

The AfDB approved $1bn loan in November 2016 to assist the country get out of recession. A total of $600m had been released out of the $1b

 

Osinbajo said the release of the first tranche of the loan was instrumental in helping Nigeria to wriggle out of recession.

 

He stated, “Since 1971, the Nigeria Country Office has served as an important convening point for the bank, the Federal Government and state governments and the private sector. Nigeria has been important in the growth of the institution as a major shareholder, a donor and a borrower.

 

“We have through the years shared the bank’s vision and objectives to underscore the love between the AfDB and Nigeria (as the president of the bank rightly describes it as a marriage). We have loaned our own Dr. Akinwumi Adesina to the bank as he is to our great pride and Nigeria’s first president of the bank.

 

“In Nigeria, the AfDB has an active portfolio of close to $6bn spread over 73 projects, cutting across public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy. These projects continue to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs in many parts of our economy.”

 

Osinbajo added, “Most specifically, I thank the President and the members of the Board of the AfDB for their support to Nigeria at a very difficult time during the 2015/2016 economic recession. When we requested for the support of the bank, the response was swift. The bank approved a budget support loan of $1bn in November 2016. The first tranche of $600m has been fully disbursed and utilised.

 

“In my discussions with the president of the bank, we will be getting the remainder in form of sector loans. So we are looking forward to the remaining $400m. As you know with marriages, very frequently – when demand is made, sometimes it is cut in halves.

 

“The approval of our loan request by the AfDB sent a much-needed signal to the market at the critical time for Nigeria, and for this, we will remain ever grateful to the AfDB.”

 

 

 

At the event, Nigeria also demanded that it should be considered as the bank’s regional hub for West Africa.

 

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said that the new office complex would strengthen Nigeria’s effort and desire for regional integration in the West African sub-region and demanded that the country should be considered as the regional hub for the AfDB in West Africa.

 

She stated, “It is in this regard that I would like to put on record Nigeria’s strong desire and demand to host the regional hub of the African Development Bank.

 

“We think that being the largest shareholder of the bank since inception and the country with one of the largest portfolios of its projects, Abuja, Nigeria is the natural and logical place for the bank’s regional hub.

 

“Through this investment, the African Development Bank has made Nigeria the first regional member country to host the bank-owned office complex.”

 

The minister urged Adesina to convey Nigeria’s request to the bank’s senior management and executive board.

 

In his remarks, the AfDB president stated that the bank would continue to support Nigeria and other African countries in order to accelerate the development of infrastructure and energy on the continent.

 

“The bank’s portfolio in Nigeria is currently about $6bn and we expect these investments to grow to $8bn by the 2019,” he added.

 

The AfDB boss disclosed that the bank had invested $500m in the Development Bank of Nigeria and would also be committing $200m in the Transmission Corporation of Nigeria.

 

Osinbajo Denies Receiving Letter From Benue Govt Over Herdsmen Attacks

SETTING THE RECORDS STRAIGHT AGAINST LIES, FALSEHOOD AND MISINFORMATION

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT – PRESS STATEMENT

BENUE KILLINGS: REPORTS VICE PRESIDENT IGNORED BENUE GOVERNOR’S LETTER ABSOLUTELY FALSE

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, was shocked by a news report ostensibly quoting the Benue State Governor Sam Ortom as saying that the VP was warned of the savage and inhumane killings by alleged herdsmen in Logo and Guma local government areas which took place on the 1st of January 2018

Although the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo, does not believe that the Governor could ever have said so, it will be a terrible falsehood to suggest that the VP was ever informed by the Governor or anyone else of the imminence of the killing of citizens of our country in those or any other local governments in Benue State.

Governor Ortom wrote to the Vice President, then Acting President, on 7th June 2017 protesting a newspaper publication where the leadership of Miyetti Allah was reported to have stated that it was opposed to the Open Grazing Prohibition law of the State and that they would mobilize to resist the law. The Miyetti Allah had written to the Vice President on the 5th of June 2017 on the same law protesting several sections of the law. The Governor went on to say that the leadership of Miyetti Allah should be arrested because they used words such as “wicked, obnoxious and repressive,” to describe the law, and because these were “utterances that are capable of undermining the peace…”

The Vice President subsequently met with the Governor, discussed the matter and the security situation in the State and then ordered law enforcement agencies to be on the alert to prevent any attacks or violence. This was in June 2017!

In the said letter written by the Governor, there was no mention of any threat to any specific one of the 23 local governments of Benue State, so the best the law enforcement agencies could do even then was to await information or intelligence of an imminent attack. Nonep came. Since then the VP has held several meetings with the Benue State Governor, including a visit to the State on the 6th of September, last year at the behest of Mr. President during the tragic floods in the state last year. At all such meetings, the Vice President discussed the security situation of the State with the Governor.

Following that, the then Acting President convened a major national security retreat which was attended by all State Governors, service chiefs and heads of security agencies. The Retreat featured very detailed discussions on the herdsmen/ farmers’ clashes.

To the best of our knowledge, neither Governor Ortom nor the Federal Government was aware of the imminence of the cowardly attack on Logo and Guma on the 1st of January, and therefore any suggestion that the President or the Vice President ignored the State Governor’s warning is both absolutely false and certainly misleading.

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President

Office of the Vice President

15 January 2018

Yemi Osinbajo Scheduled To Deliver A Lecture At Harvard

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is to deliver a lecture on Tuesday at the Harvard University, Boston, U.S, on “Africa Rising”.

Harvard described the lecture as a historic moment as it would be the first time that an Africa-focused course would be offered at Harvard Business School.

In extending the invitation to Osinbajo, Harvard noted that it deeply admired the immense progress that Nigeria had made under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The university specifically noted the work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, which the vice-president chairs.

The university said: “It would be the highest honour for us were you to accept our invitation as we deeply admire the immense progress that Nigeria has made during your tenure.’’

“Not only as the country’s Vice President, but also as Chairman of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council.

“By all accounts, this Council has spearheaded crucial initiatives and we very much hope that you will speak to those, as well as to Nigeria’s rise in world economic rankings and the vast range of business initiatives that are on-going in your country.”

The vice-president is expected to, during the lecture, highlight the progress made by the present administration in improving the country’s economy and investment climate.

Recall that Osinbajo had in October 2016 delivered a lecture at the university’s ‘Nigeria in the World’ seminar also at the invitation of the university.

The vice-president spoke on: ‘Destroying Boko Haram and the Rebuilding of Nigeria’s North-East’.

While at Harvard, he would hold meeting with Margot Gill, the Harvard University Marshall and Prof. Emmauel Akyeampong and the Centre for African Studies Affiliates at Centre for African Studies at the university.

He also would have lunch with the Harvard Law School Students and Faculty at the Harvard Law School.

Osinbajo would then hold meeting with Prof. David Wilkins and tour the Centre on the Legal Profession and Nitin Nohira, Dean, Harvard Business School at the university.

The vice-president would later have dinner with MBA students, Harvard Business Faculty and Harvard Business School Alumni from Africa.

…Osinbajo Charges Youth To Shun, Fight Corruption

By Francis Ezediuno

The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stressed the need for youths to shun and fight corruption as a means of liberating the country from the shackles of poverty and misrule.

Osinbajo on Tuesday dropped this hint at the Opening ceremony of the First Regional Youth Summit of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) tagged West 2040 hosted in Osogbo, the state capital.

In his speech, Osinbajo listed talent, integrity, virtue, innovation and education, as factors that are needed for any society to develop and that where such are missing, there is tendency for failure.

He emphasised that the Omoluabi ethos of virtue and hardworking was a major ingredient needed for the advancement of the youths in the region.

The vice-president encouraged youths to use the internet positively as it is a goldmine of untapped knowledge.

He submitted that the 25 years plan which the south-west region hoped to adopt had become necessary because within that period of time, Nigeria would have attained the 3rd or 4th most populated country in the world.

In his address, the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, charged youths from the south-west Nigeria to identify areas of needs, serve them and thereby earn a decent living.

Aregbesola who was the Chief Host said the aim of the summit was to chart the course of development for the region. The governor also called on the youths to gainfully engage themselves in vocational work, trading, agriculture as he maintained that for the region not to be in its present state in the next 25 years, there is need for self discovery because there was no way they were going to succeed while waiting for white collar jobs.

He revealed that in times past, the region used to grow and was identified with its own staple foods such as Lafun for Ogun state, Amala for Oyo state and Iyan for Ekiti and Ondo states, a situation which regrettably is no longer attainable.

This according to him is because people now prefer to eat rice and drink tea with bread.

“This has made the south-west region not to be able to feed itself and this is a major challenge”.

He also cautioned the youths against involving in various negative vices.

In his good will message, the Governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi stated that youths have to be up and doing and embrace hard work in order to be successful in life.

Giving his own life example, he revealed that throughout his eight years sojourn in the United States of America, his parents only sent him $30 and to aid his education he had to do odd jobs like dressing of corpses to make ends meet.

On his part, he charged the youths to always show respect to elders as custodian of constituted authority.

Speaking on the behalf of the royal fathers, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi hinted that in the fight against corruption, the mindset heads it all.

He urged the government to set up modalities that would see that the youths are taken off the streets.

By so doing, crimes and other social vices perpetrated by the youths and the aged would to a large extent be curbed.

The Oluwo also called on the Osun State House of Assembly to enact an Enlightenment Act which will be a standard to measure the quality of youth engagements.

Osun Govt Lauds Osinbajo, Ajimobi Others On Southwest Regional Youth Summit


The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday eulogized the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for exhibiting high sense of commitment towards the actualization of the southwest’s development agenda.

The state also extolled the tremendous impact made by the other southwest governors, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, stakeholders, youth associations and individuals on the success of the two-day Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held in Osogbo, the state capital.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s office, State Secretariat, Osogbo.

The Council expressed satisfaction on the impressive participatory strength and large turnout of notable personalities within and outside the region, describing the presence of Vice President at the summit as ‘encouraging’

The Council also encouraged individuals and organisations with landed property and business in the state who may not be resident to pay all due taxes on their business and landed property to avoid sanctions

The statement reads in parts: ‎ ‘‎Council received the report of the successful hosting of the Regional Youth Summit in Osogbo by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the State Government, between January 9 and 10, which attracted participants from all the states in the region.

‘Council commended the organisers of the summit and thanked the participants, particularly the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State; Ondo State Government ably represented by the state’s deputy governor; Ogun State Government that sent a delegation; and the youth organisations and individuals that attended the programme’.

The Council therefore‎ urged those who have landed property and business in the state, even if they are not resident, to fulfil their tax obligations to the state, so as to avoid running afoul of the state’s tax laws which carry severe consequences.

Nigeria’s Greatest Challenge Is Absence Of Integrity – Osinbajo

Says FG Would Have Solved 70% of Nigeria’s Problems If Citizens Are Truthful

By Nofisat Marindoti and Toba Adedeji

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has noted that the greatest challenge of the country aside corruption, is the absence of integrity.

Emphasising that any society without integrity is doomed to fail, Osinbajo urged Nigerians to add value to the society.

He also added that 70% of the myriad of challenges facing the nation would have been solved if most Nigerians were truthful, sincere and integrity personified.

The VP gave this charge at the 1st Regional Youth Summit organised by the Government of the State of Osun in collaboration with Development Agenda For Western Nigeria, DAWN tagged, “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace”.

The Vice president in his address contended that, to draw 25years action plan which the Regional Youth Summit is aimed towards, youths must see the needs to incorporate integrity and hardwork as part of their lifestyle which will definitely served as compass to lead the country to promised land.

“The greatest challenge facing Nigeria is the absence of Integrity and Corruption. Every society that does not emphasize and stand on integrity always fail. Economy, business is based on trust.”

Osinbajo also urged youths to be hardworking, have good character and integrity, adding that talent by itself means nothing.

“Hardwork is crucial, you have to be resolute and maximize the opportunities in the country. There are many opportunities in the country today, the Internet is there, make good use of it. Think and act nationally and globally. Add values to the society.” Osinbajo charged the teeming youths.

“The southwest has showed a great concern by putting a 25years action plan to advance the country but we must realize that hardwork is very crucial because nothing can be achieve without it.

“Don’t see yourselves as people of southwest alone but see yourselves as an advocate of development and advancement to build old waste places, building the gaps and bridges globally.”

The Guest Speaker of the event, Ayodele Modope who is the Director General of “No Left Over” a catering outfit who started the business of selling “Moin moin” with just N1,000, also urged the youths to be creators of wealth.

In his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori explained that the Summit was geared towards setting the master plan for the Western Region in 25 years to come.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of Western Region, to come together and plan the future of the Region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040″. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by year 2040.” Ilori explained.

Osinbajo, Aregbesola, Ajimobi Charge Youths On Productivity And Hardwork

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday proffered hard work and productivity as panacea to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development.

He said Nigeria would have overcome some of her challenges if not being hindered by endemic corruption.

Osinbajo gave the charge while addressing a congregation of youths that converged on Osogbo for 2018 Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held at WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, Osun State capital.

He charged Nigerians to champion virtues of integrity and Omoluabi ethos as the only fundamental principle of development.

The Vice President held that Nigerians must begin to look inward on the need to support government’s efforts by being productive and hardworking, noting that a nation could only achieve her aspirations if the people are productive.

Osinbajo canvassed good character among Nigerians, saying talent and potentials mean nothing if character is absent.

According to him, “if we truly want our nation to grow and develop, thus everyone needs to make necessary input and the only way to achieving this is to be productive in all we do.”

“”We must begin to plan for the future of our nation. We must create foundation for values as it is critical to success‎.”

“We must work on the virtues that our founding fathers developed as this is the only way to set our nation on the path of greatness.

“In whatever we do, we must emphasize Omoluabi ethos. We must champion hard work and bear at the back of our minds the need to advance our nation in whatever we do.

“Talent and potential do not mean anything if there is no character, so no matter how talented one is, without character, there is no way to make success.

“Integrity is the key to success. Every business that doesn’t emphasize integrity, always fails, thus everyone must be ready to work and make sacrifice if we truly want development‎.”

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, challenged Nigerian Youths to be productive for the country to come out of its present economic challenges.

The Governor held that education can be effective for national growth if it induces productivity, saying the youth should see the only way to success as hard work.

He noted that youths should see agriculture as a viable business as against the belief that it is meant for the uneducated. Aregbesola stated it is disheartening that despite the fact that Nigeria is the leading cassava producing nation in the world, the country is unable to feed itself because her productivity level is low on the crop, compared to India and Thailand.

He said, “We must first discover ourselves and apply our discovery to advance our nation. There is no short cut to success other than hard work and productivity.

“One cannot go to anywhere if he or she only believes in advance fee fraud and other vices.

“It’s unfortunate that we don’t produce what we consume as a nation, but we rely on rent. Though we are educated but our education lacks critical thinking.

“We are the largest producer of cassava in the world but it is unfortunate that we are not bringing out anything positive from that effort”, the Governor emphasised.

Also, the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, while charging youths to be hard-working noted that the only way to succeed in life is through hard work and not luck, like many youths of today now believe.

While challenging the youths to begin to see themselves as the set of people who will drive the future, Governor Ajimobi maintained that all the youth must decide to succeed in life through hard work.

Speaking on the purpose of the summit, the Oyo State Governor said it is about promoting and enhancing the future through the youth of today, stressing that the patriotic sentiment is to forge the future of the South West through the youth.

The Governor said it is important to maximize the opportunity of the summit as he called on the youths to see it as an opportunity to come together and chart a way forward for the youths in the South West and the nation at large.

He said active participation in the summit is a means of ensuring that the dreams and aspirations for the future are met.

According to Ajimobi, “the patriotic sentiment is to forge the future of the South West through this all important youth summit at this time when the nation at large needs to plan for the future.

“I see the youths as the next set of people who will drive our destiny and take our race to the next level through hard work and creativity.

“It is important to maximise the opportunity of this summit to chart a way for the growth and development of the South West, when youths come together, something good must come out of such deliberation.

“It is by investing in the youth that we have a future and our dreams and aspirations as a people will be met.”. Ajimobi stressed.‎

Earlier, the Acting Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr Sheye Oyeleye explained that the importance of the summit is to have the inputs of the youth in the master plan of Nigeria’s development starting with the South West.

He charged youths in the South West to always conceptualize their thoughts towards how to have a better future and take the region to its pride of place in the scheme of things that concerns Nigeria as a whole.

Oyeleye challenged youths in the South West to start thinking out of the box as the
world is now technology driven, noting that the time has come for the West to start seeing themselves as the rallying point of the development of Nigeria.

“I think the time has come for the youth in the South West to come out of their shells and begin to see themselves as the cradle of development of Nigeria.

“I know that our youths are intelligent and very vibrant, but it is time for them to start taking charge and put it into action.

“We should seize the opportunity of the crop of governors we have today who are ready to drive the development of Nigeria, stating with the South-West. I think the present South West governors are very passionate about the growth of the region.

In a goodwill message, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, commended the foresight of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for appointing more youths into his cabinet, while calling on other South West governors to follow suit.

He maintained that if more governors in the region give more youth opportunities in their cabinets, the youth will be begin to have a sense of responsibility and the feeling that they own the future.

The royal father used the occasion to charge youths to join the present administration in the fight against corruption, saying it is one of the ways the country can move forward and also guarantee a corrupt free future.

“My Governor in Osun has always set the tone for the youths to take charge of the future through the appointment of a lot of youth into his cabinet.

“Osun has always been youth-driven and I want other South West governors to take a cue from this”.‎

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.