Osinbajo Reveals How Nigeria Extreme Poverty Is Affecting Him

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo  has revealed how the extreme poverty that has been eating into the very root of Nigeria has been affecting him.

Osinbajo had disclosed this on Tuesday, 18th June 2019 at a dinner and Interactive Session with Faculty Members, Harvard Business School (HBS) . The Vice president had spoken alongside  Srikant Datar, Professor of Business Administration (HBS), and Bayo Ogunlesi, a Nigerian investment banker at a question and answer session anchored by Hakeem Bello-Osagie, Chairman of Metis Capital Partners. The vice president had revealed that Nigeria’s abject poverty constantly kept him awake at night.

His statement had read in part:

“I think what keeps me up at night has to do with extreme poverty; the issue is that the largest number of those who vote for us are the very poor.

“The promises that government makes to them is that their lives will be better and obviously they are looking at their lives being better in the shortest possible time.

He had gone ahead to say that many farmers had been helped out of poverty by his administration, also adding that a lot of attention had been placed on the Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs) which made provision for cheap credit to petty traders. The vice president had also informed HBS  that Nigeria was most definitely open to business, and they were ready to create a good investment relationship.

He explained that the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) with the help of the Federal Government were encouraging manufacturers in anyway that they possibly could, adding also that the government had set up share facilities and power. He also spoke of plans to unveil a plan that deals with most of the critical issues in the power sector.

The Vice president consequently gave his pledged support to the HBS in providing support for for human capital development in Nigeria and proffering solutions to tackling Nigeria’s infrastructure challenges.