Supports Chamber Of Commerce For N’Delta Youths
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday assured that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to sustaining the ongoing anti-corruption fight and ensuring that the system is cleaned up and government business is done the right way without which the nation could end in “a very, very bad way as a nation.”
Addressing members of the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers on courtesy visit to the State House, Abuja, according to a statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the President, Office of the Vice President, Osinbajo lamented that the $15bn Defence contract which was frittered away in people’s pockets, “is half of our country’s foreign reserves.”
The Vice President however admitted that the fight against corruption is a difficult fight, even as the Federal Government has “seen it in so many different ways that at almost every state (level), corruption fights back and fights very fiercely.”
He however cautioned, “we should be able to examine our priorities because for us corruption is not a moral issue, it is an existential issue. To a large extent it will determine whether we will survive as a corporate whole, because of the way people feel that when I get into an office I will go after the resources of the state, and I will go after it in the most vicious and the most reckless manner that is possible.”
On the malaise of corruption, he called on the intellectual elites, whether religious, political in particular or academic elite to stand up for what is right.
Earlier, leader of the association, Prof. Godwin Nwabueze Okeke, commended the Osinbajo for the opportunity, offering assistance for the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war whenever needed, while urging him to declare open the forthcoming 50th conference of the association slated for Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in June, 2017.
Also, on Tuesday the Vice President at a separate meeting, restated that the Federal Government’s keen interest in supporting the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce for young people across the Niger Delta region to drive creativity and entrepreneurship.
Speaking at meeting with a delegation of Niger Delta Expatriate Mentorship Committee an initiative led by the Minister of Niger Delta, Uguru Usani Uguru in his office, the Vice President commended the initiative, noting that the expatriate mentorship scheme in partnership with UNESCO, aligns with the Buhari administration’s plan for, and is capable of catalyzing development in the region.
He observed that the international mentorship/internship will expose beneficiaries to international standard, best business practice and technology.
Commenting, leader of the organization and Chief Mentorship Officer, Chika Olejeme said under the National Expatriate Mentorship Strategy, selected youths will be sent abroad for international mentorship and internship. 30 countries in Europe and the United States of America have already signed up to the programme.