By Ike A. Offor
In his address to the consultative forum yesterday, the Ag. President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo declared ‘we hear you, loud and clear’ in a response to the ongoing antigovernment protests against his government’s economic policies that have seen the country’s economy go from thriving or healthy into serious recession.
The economic downturn has affected every facet of the economy and its concomitant effect is indeed biting really hard on the entire country. Some weird narratives have been heard on what various citizens do now to make ends meet. Crimes, even petty crimes, have skyrocketed and the bitterness has increased and the masses are indeed restless.
In the excerpts from the opening remarks of Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in yesterday consultative forum between the Economic Management Team and the Private Sector on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan, which is to be launched later this month.
WE HEAR YOU loud and clear, those who are on the streets protesting the economic situation and even those who are not, but feel the pain of economic hardship. We hear you loud and clear. You deserve a decent life and we are working night and day to make life easier .
The Ag. President also recalled the words of President Buhari, a few months ago when he said:
“I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis, the recession for many individuals and families is real. For some it means not being able to pay school fees, for others it is not being able to afford the high cost of rice, millet, or of local or international travel. And for many of our young people the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university or polytechnic.
I know how difficult things are, and how rough business is. All my adult life I have always earned a salary, and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough. In every part of our nation people are making incredible sacrifices.”
The journey out of the damage caused by years of neglect and corruption is bound to be difficult but there is a glorious light at the end of the tunnel. Let us work together, steadfastly and patiently for the economic change that will come very soon.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN
Federal Republic of Nigeria
February 6, 2017