Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that developing human capital and building up Nigeria’s infrastructural backbone in a sustainable manner is doable, especially with a sense of urgency.
This is despite the current turbulent socioeconomic conditions and the challenges they pose towards generating economic growth.
As a result, Osinbajo charged all the tiers of government and critical partners to be focused, open-minded and collaborative in meeting shared aspirations, providing better and fuller lives and decent jobs for Nigerians, especially the youths.
He made this statement on Thursday, August 5, via his media aide, Laolu Akande, while virtually declaring open the 20th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and the National Council on Development Planning in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The vice president who spoke on the COVID-19 pandemic, security, climate change, education, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, noted that these issues require deliberate policy responses and deserve the attention of economic managers.
On the government’s response to the pandemic, Osinbajo said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a unique and devastating impact on our health, economic systems, and social life. For vibrant and enterprising people like ours, the whole experience of lockdowns and social distancing has been quite trying while economic difficulties made existing socio-economic conditions even harder.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has implored striking resident doctors to resume work; as most of the issues they have raised are state affairs.
Ehanire told journalists in Abuja on Thursday, August 5; that seven of 12 matters that were raised by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD); were the responsibility of state governments.
Consequently, he expects the resident doctors to resume work on Friday; and take up these issues with the state governments; rather than embark on the nationwide strike as they had done.
Ehanire also noted that the Federal Government has started addressing the five issues it is responsible for.
1st News had reported that the NARD started a nationwide strike on Monday; for several reasons including delays in the payment of their salaries and allowances.
The strike coincided with a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country; leaving many worried that it could have serious consequences for the battle against the third wave of the pandemic.
The industrial action was crippling the government’s efforts in tackling the resurgence of the pandemic, the Minister decried.
Defending his position on the strike and the call on the doctors to resume; Ehanire said the Nigerian Constitution clearly spelled out the responsibilities of all the tiers of government.