Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo has said that the problem of extreme poverty in Nigeria keeps him up
Osinbajo said this at a
dinner and interactive session with Faculty Members, Harvard Business School
(HBS) on Tuesday in Lagos.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“I will like to see
Nigeria being an industrialised nation in the next 10 years; a very strong
middle class and most people living above poverty line.’’
Also at the dinner were
speakers like Srikant Datar, Professor of Business Administration (HBS); and
Bayo Ogunlesi, an investment banker.
Osinbajo said that a lot
of government policies have been focused at people at the bottom of the pyramid
through support for agriculture and credit facilities to farmers.
“In the next few months,
we will unveil a plan that deals with most of the critical issues in the power
sector,’’ he said.
On his part, Prof. Datar
said he was particularly proud of Osinbajo as an academic in governance.
He said that academics
provide enabling environment for good governance.
Mr Ogunlesi said that
the era of depending on government for infrastructure was gone, and that the
Federal Government had no business running infrastructure in Nigeria,
especially the airports.
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu
Sanusi II, called for urgent action to address the high poverty rate in Nigeria
especially in the North West.
The event was also attended by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, among others.