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No room for corruption, says Osinbajo

24 October 2015, 08:32

London - The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says public officials getting involved in graft and bribery that undermine the country would no longer be tolerated.

He said this at an interactive with staff members of the Nigerian High Commission in London.

He added that no country would survive with high level of corruption.

"No country can survive with the level of corruption we have experienced in Nigeria; you should fight against corruption not only as a moral value but also as a matter of survival.

"If public officers steal and take bribe, it is undermining the country and we intend to challenge the trend because it is not tolerable’’, he said.

The Vice President also said that the Nigerian armed forces were defeating Boko Haram and other security challenges in the North East.

"The major challenge is the emergence of teenage suicide bombers among the insurgent group."

He told the workers that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Army to end insurgency by the end of the year, adding that the mandate was being achieved while the government was going to de-radicalise and educate the people as well as rehabilitate the victims.

"Sometimes, we are shocked that very young girls are used as suicide bombers. But at home everyone has come to terms with the fact that we have to live together as Christians and Muslims.

"We must not allow division in us as Nigerians; we must come together to fight this menace called Boko Haram; no religion will accept these atrocities of Boko Haram," Osinbajo added.

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He said the responsibilities facing the High Commission workers were many but ones that impact all over the world adding that the Federal Government was interested in the progress the office was making.

Osinbajo said that the administrations had taken the supply of electricity as a major programme.

He noted that the focus on providing power through solar was to ensure that more Nigerian rural homes were connected faster, cheaper and with reliable electricity.

According to him, Nigeria is blessed with various sources of power including hydro, coal, solar, wind and will not have to wait for only the grid system which is very expensive and takes longer time.

"Solar is available everywhere in the country and you do not need to put it on the grid.

"The cost of using our fossil fuel is very high; if we want to deliver power at cheaper cost we must take the solar option."

According to him, the country’s power generation is about 4,000 mw adding that by early 2016 it will rise to 5,000mw which he describes as "ridiculous" for a populous country.

"Once we start manufacturing our own solar panels, the solution will be quicker," he said.

Osinbajo explained the country’s exchange control policy was aimed at conserving external reserves to attract Foreign Direct Investments.

The Vice President noted the adverse migration issues affecting the nationals in UK and assured that it would be addressed following due process.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who accompanied the VP on the UK trip asked Nigerians to disregard the social media falsehood that he and the VP were not in good terms.

He added that he was privileged to be invited for the trip among the 36 state governors.

The Acting High Commissioner in London, Mr Olukunle Bamgbose, said a lot of British investors were interested in bringing businesses to Nigeria.

"This is because of their belief in the administration’s capacity to tackle corruption and protect the business environment."

The Envoy, however, said that about 29,000 UK residents were tagged as Nigerians facing deportation, but said the High commission was verifying the claims to ensure that every Nigeria having the problem was treated in accordance with the law



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