- VP Osinbajo has advised that workshops in which stakeholders in nation-building gather to discuss national challenges should look towards solving problems
- The vice president stated that national discourse should now move towards sound, analytical and rational thought-processes instead of lamentations
- The comments by the VP were made at an event where top-level executives from the private and public sector participated
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, March 1 tasked stakeholders in the country to focus on solving problems rather than spending time discussing them.
VP Osinbajo made the comment while inaugurating the Senior Executive Course 43 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the VP's spokesman, Laolu Akande, indicated that the vice president was speaking on the theme of the Course 43 programme titled Getting Things Done: Strategies for the Implementation of Policies and Programmes in Nigeria.
“The proverbial gap between intention and results; between policy and stated outcomes; delivering on campaign promises or even just doing what the well-articulated policy papers say.
“For many serious-minded policymakers, the frustration is the same, yes we know all about think-tanks what we need now are do-tanks.”
Present at the event were Plateau state governor, Mr Simon Bako, representatives of the service chiefs, among others.
Meanwhile, VP Osinbajo has kicked against the prohibition of cryptocurrency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The vice president stated that rather than adopt a policy that prohibits cryptocurrency operations in the Nigerian banking sector, the CBN should act with knowledge and develop a robust regulatory regime that is thoughtful and knowledge-based.
Osinbajo stated this in a keynote address delivered virtually at a one-day economic summit organized by the CBN, the Banker’s Committee, and a national newspaper.
Recall that a recent survey carried out by the World Economic Forum has revealed that Nigeria tops the list of countries using cryptocurrency globally.
According to the report, reliance on remittances and the prevalence of peer-to-peer phone payments have led to a steep rise in cryptocurrency use in Africa's largest economy.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.