Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday stated that Nigeria faced challenges like different countries across the world, noting however that the country had the capacity to overcome them.
He said this while addressing State House Correspondents after a special service to observe the country’s Children’s Day celebration held at the Aso Villa chapel, Abuja.
“The truth of the matter is that there are always challenges everywhere in every nation of the world.
“But I am convinced that we have the capacity to surmount all of the challenges as there are.
“And the key feature for me, one of the key features of government and governance is the human development index, education, healthcare and the welfare of our citizens,’’ he said.
Osinbajo said for the first time in Nigeria’s history, the federal government was executing the social investment programme.
“The focus of that is on the human development index, home grown school feeding.
“For the first time we are feeding 8.2 million children every day in 24 states.
“And that is because we are concerned about the nutrition of the children, we are concerned about the fact that children if they are not well fed, become stunted, even mentally,’’ the vice president noted.
Osinbajo added that those were the kinds of things that the administration thought ought to be done “and we are doing them and we have to keep expanding, keep working, keep building, spending more and more.”
He described Nigerian children as special “because the future of our nation belongs to them and they have all that it takes to give the country a great future.
“They are very bright, they are very energetic, and they are very innovative and very creative”.|
Osinbajo noted that by watching the drama and listening to the music rendered by the children at the service, one could tell that there was so much innovation and so much energy in them.
“And so, I am completely convinced that our nation’s future is extremely bright because of all of the children that God has given us, the talent he has given us.”
Osinbajo observed that the event was also a moment “to reflect on the responsibility both government and adults have to ensure that “we give to these children the very best that we can.
“And that is why the commitment of our government is to that bottom of the pyramid: those who cannot afford education and cannot afford healthcare.
“Our focus is on trying to get the very best for them; and we are going to even do more of that.’’
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, (Senate), Ita Enang, also urged Nigerian children to have faith in Nigeria as the government was preparing so much for them and their future.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice President and all the administration work so hard to preserve the future of Nigerian children.
“Everything we are doing today we have them in mind because we know that we have finished living for today we are living to prepare for them tomorrow,’’ Enang stated.
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