While delivering the second foundation lecture at the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State over the weekend, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has shrugged off calls to restructure Nigeria, saying it is not helpful and will not make any difference.
According to a statement by the vice president’s Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the title of the lecture was “The Future is Here Earlier Than We Thought.”
The call for restructuring Nigeria has been a recurring decimal and of late reignited by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who in a speech at launch of a book: ‘We Are Biafrans,’ in Abuja in June, said what Nigeria required most was restructuring of the federation.
The increasing wave of agitations and even militancy across the country, he said, called “for a restructuring and renewal of our federation to make it less centralised, less suffocating and less dictatorial in the affairs of our country’s constituent units and localities.”
His remarks were immediately praised by the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and the apex socio-political association of the Igbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo who argued that the move would provide solutions to the country’s problems.
However, the vice president, while answering a question on restructuring, stated: “Even if states are given half of the resources of the federal government, the situation will not change. The only change is to diversify the economy,” Osinbajo said.
The vice president also stated that the country was not earning enough from oil and taxes anymore, adding that the nation was blessed and that every state could feed itself and export products if the citizens engaged in agriculture.
He disclosed that this year, the Federal Government would establish technology hubs across Nigeria. “Two super hubs in Abuja and Lagos and six regional hubs in the six geo-political zones. In partnership with several technology companies the hubs will be fully resourced with infrastructure and capacity building,” he said.
“50 of the most innovative technology start-ups will soon be invited to the Presidential Villa to meet with major technology and innovation companies as well as collaborate with the federal government. The closest position to that of the confidential secretary now is an executive assistant who is expected to have strong technology skills,”he said.
Osinbajo said understanding the way technology works and thinking out of the box is the way to go in today’s world.