*Seeks greater synergy between FG and state governments in delivering democracy dividends

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has assured Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government will surely deliver on its promises to Nigerians despite numerous challenges facing the economy and the country.

Speaking earlier today in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, at conclusion of a Federal Government- Progressives Governors' Forum parley, Prof. Osinbajo urged state governors elected on the platform of the APC to make extra efforts to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians in 2015.

According to the Acting President, ``the ideological difference that we represent is that we are committed to an economic policy that has at its core the welfare and happiness of Nigerians’’.

He said, ``the people have not lost faith in us, they understand that the task of clearing decades of debris will take time but we must also jointly keep faith with them.

The people expect us to deliver on all of what we have promised. They expect a better life, we have assured them of a better life, and I can say for all of us who are present here, all of us in the progressive forum, that we will deliver a better life to the people of Nigeria.’’

He however emphasized the need for a stronger collaboration between the Federal and States governments noting that ``ultimately, the success of efforts to bring about synergy in Federal and State Government policies would depend on both sides meeting their commitments.’’

According to him, ``just as the FG is committed and has taken visible steps in meeting its obligations and make refunds on debts owed to states, it’s imperative for states to play its own parts. There are two obvious elements here.’’

Prof. Osinbajo further explained that ``when the Federal Government provides relief resources, the resources are used for the agreed purposes. The second is to implement agreements that have been reached in specific sectoral contexts. For instance, states must continue to work toward implementing their parts of the fiscal sustainability plan in order to improve their individual fiscal situations which impacts on the national fiscal picture.’’

The Acting President then identified key areas of collaboration between the Federal and State governments as including ``scaling up Internally Generated Revenue and innovative thinking,’’ emphasizing that ``states especially those led by APC governors must think out of the box in delivering service to the people including in areas where their efforts can complement the Federal Government programmes’’.

Prof. Osinbajo thereafter proceeded to Argungu where he commissioned the multi-billion rice mill stating that ``the way to go is to energize agriculture and lift Nigerians to new levels of productivity.’’

He said: ``the commissioning of the rice mill in Argungu is proof of growth in agriculture with thousands of job creation, noting that ``the growth and development witnessed in the agricultural sector differ from the jobless growth of the past.’’

The Acting President also attended an exhibition of agricultural products and farm inputs in Argungu before returning to Abuja.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President
Office of the Acting President
01 August 2017
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