Os­in­bajo: Ex­cuses no more ac­cept­able

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Act­ing Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo said the Fed­eral Govern­ment will no longer ac­cept ex­cuses that sug­gest its quest to de­liver sus­tain­able so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is not pos­si­ble.

His spokesman, Laolu akande, in a state­ment, quoted him as say­ing this at the State House in Abuja yes­ter­day dur­ing a re­treat on the Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery Growth Plan and the 2018 bud­get prepa­ra­tion process.

The re­treat, which was held be­hind closed-doors, fea­tured guest speak­ers in­clud­ing a for­mer top of­fi­cial of the Malaysian govern­ment, Dr Idris Jala.

The act­ing pres­i­dent said: “The ex­cuse that it won’t work here, the Nige­rian fac­tor, or some say ex­cep­tion­al­ism or the ac­cep­tance of fail­ure be­fore you even start is cer­tainly not ten­able any more.

“We sim­ply have to ac­cept that there is noth­ing Nige­rian about fail­ure, be­cause as we know in our per­sonal lives, fail­ure and suc­cess are com­modi­ties on of­fer to every­one all over the world and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual and ev­ery coun­try makes a choice of which to buy.

“I will say on our be­half that we will choose suc­cess. I think it goes be­yond mo­ti­va­tional speech. I think it re­ally chal­lenges the core of our rel­e­vance as lead­ers and I am chal­lenged and I know that many of us here too. I think that we will do what we need to do to make sure that we see through the labs that we have to iden­tify spe­cific ar­eas where we will do these labs. We must see to it that this works.”

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