Time, history will speak for Buhari’s stewardship – Osinbajo
…unveils PMB Legacy Assured, a compendium of feats
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has asserted that history would speak more eloquently on the stewardship of the Buhari Presidency.
The Vice President made this submission on Wednesday at the unveiling of the PMB Legacy Assured, a compendium of achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s two terms captured by the Ministerial Scorecard series organized by the Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
In his remarks at the event which held at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja, the Vice President noted that the millions of beneficiaries of several people-friendly schemes of the administration such as the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), among others, are real people provided with a springboard to do more for themselves and for their communities; real people inspired to hope and believe that Nigeria can be positively transformed in our lifetime.
Highlighting the social impact of President Buhari’s administration in this regard, Prof. Osinbajo was of the view that time and history will speak more eloquently of our stewardship.
“I believe I speak the mind of the President when I say that our administration considers it a privilege and an honour to serve the people of our great nation as we have done in the last eight years. These accomplishments are the hard-won dividends of the social contract we entered into with the Nigerian people when we came into office in 201,” he said.
Noting the continuity in government even after the current administration, the VP observed that life for the living also offers a continuum, such that even when we are no longer in office, we can and must continue to pursue the fulfilment of our country’s great promise and potential wherever we find ourselves.
On the PMB Legacy Assured scorecard series compilations, Prof. Osinbajo commended the information minister and his team for compiling the Ministerial Score card series, and the PMB legacy portal which was unveiled at the event.
He described it as a brilliant attempt at keeping a faithful record in audio, video and print of the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last eight years.
Highlighting some star aspects of the compilation/compendium such as the 19-minute teaser of the documentary series played at the event, and the testimonial series, the VP buttressed that the beneficiaries of some of the administration’s people-friendly policies, including the Anchor Borrowers Programme and the Social Investment Programmes, widely regarded as the largest in Africa, are ample measures of their impact.
He noted the examples of ordinary Nigerians who are beneficiaries, such as “the petty trader who was able to expand her business because of TraderMoni (under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP); the unemployed graduate who, benefitting from the N-Power programme discovers a new and profitable path; in addition we see and hear recorded for history; the passengers who could not hide their excitement at the seamless operation of the modern railway system or the state-of-the-art airport terminals; and the President of the rice farmers association who told us how rice production in the country has increased exponentially under the Anchor Borrowers Programme.”
Continuing, the Vice President noted that aside from the significance of the work as an anthology of the life and times of the Buhari administration, it is also a fascinating and riveting account of unfolding facts and stories of some of the most intriguing events in contemporary Nigeria.
According to him, these accounts should be given the widest possible reach across traditional and digital media platforms so as “to engage, provoke and may be even inspire Nigerians and others who may come across it.”
He noted that this was important because the PMB Legacy Assured compilation was a detailed historical record captured with accuracy and authenticity.
The highpoint of the event was the unveiling of the PMB Legacy Assured Compendium and Portal by the Vice President.
Besides the Information Minister, members of the Federal Executive Council present at the event included, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum; Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare; Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, and Heads of MDAs, among others.