Nigeria’s problem is translating ideas into reality – Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the major problem with Nigerians is not of ideas but how to translate them into realities, adding that now is the time to work diligently in following-up on plans and coming together to achieve objectives.


The Vice President stated this on Thursday in Abuja when he received a delegation of Nigerian CEOs who attended the Indian Manufacturing Conclave, an industrial conference, last month in New Delhi, at the State House.


“Almost all of us are certain about what the country needs to do but the critical problem is the capacity to get things done. What is important is what we do with all the ideas,” Vice President said.


According to a statement signed by the VP’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo listened to the conference experiences from the trip shared by members of the delegation on different sectors and areas of the economy such as Power and Energy, ICT, Maritime, Financing, SMEs amongst others.


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The Vice President, who commended the business leaders for their efforts and the visit to his office, said: “Nigerians know what to do, but the time has come to really work on getting things done. The problem has been on how to really get things done.”


Calling on Nigerians in their different callings and endeavors to work together, Osinbajo said it is the intention of the Buhari presidency “to look for ways that the important sectors of our national life will work together, and also get key sectors to work together with the government.”


He also assured that government was determined to encourage ‘Made in Nigeria’ products, including electric meters needed for billing, while advocating industries to link up with federal research agencies in order to develop local technological innovations.


Leader of the delegation, Mr. Osaro Eghabamen, SAN, while speaking earlier, commended the government for facilitating a public and private sectors’ collaboration regarding the Conclave in India, adding that the trip had enabled the delegation to learn a lot, especially in the areas of ICT, ship building and using SMEs to grow the economy among others.






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