National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has reechoed the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to accelerate economic growth to meet the needs of Nigerians in his second term in office.
Oshiomhole, who was receiving a delegation from the Vietnamese government on Tuesday, stated that the APC-led Federal Government was reviving the textile industry in order to achieve this.
A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, said the delegation was led by Nguyen Hai Ninh, the Deputy Chief of Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Speaking on the plan to accelerate economic growth, Oshiomhole said, “the idea is to work towards taking advantage of comparative advantage in this sector in order to help provide jobs to the over 200 million of our population.”
According to him, Buhari was in a hurry to provide jobs to unemployed Nigerians as well as accelerate the growth of the economy.
“It is as a result of this that the APC led administration is fighting corruption vigorously for our common wealth not to be concentrated in the hands of a few, but that of the majority.
“With a population of 200 million, we have the advantage of a huge market, but we also have a huge challenge of ensuring an economic growth that will make that 200 million people comfortable.
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“Before the coming of Buhari, we missed lots of opportunities,” he said.
Oshiomhole noted that the country had challenges in power supply and security, saying that the president was fighting corruption to prevent few people from taking the wealth meant for the nation.
“Right now, we are focusing on ensuring that we have power supply. Vietnam has a strong textile industry and you have international market, so I am glad to know about that.
“I am particularly keen on this because I have worked in a textile factory before and I think that there are one or two things we can learn from your experience because we are on the verge of reviving our textile industry which will help us create jobs,” he said.
Earlier, Hai Nin, said the visit was to establish official relationship between the APC led government and the communist party of Vietnam.
He solicited the assistance of Nigeria in settling the crisis between Vietnam and China over the disputed South China sea, urging Nigeria to insist that the dispute be settled according to the UN established laws.