To some of us that doesn’t really believe in Destiny, the odyssey of the Vice-President of Nigeria is nothing but a fulfillment of purpose, which has been conspicuous in serving the people; as university teacher, to defending the people’s rights in Law Courts, to delivering of virtuous messages from the Supernatural - and needless to also add the Pan human/Political relatedness of the Ikenne-born relentless services to Nigeria in his capacity as the second most powerful man in the largest black nation in the world, since 2015 till date.
Prof. Osin, as he is fondly called by many of his former students, is one of the few brilliant minds many would refer to as a Genius, nay, a GIFT to the Muhammadu Buhari -led administration.
Indeed, the first quality of any leader, especially in a country that is multifaceted like Nigeria, is the wisdom, intelligence, and abilities to brokering truce via exceptional conflicts resolution skills, as well as economic revivals.
I dare say, the peace Nigeria enjoy from the south-south region, which was once faced with multiple attacks especially on the facilities of both the local and International oil companies, is as a result of a meeting convened at the instance of Prof. Osinbajo - as acting President - when met with the leaders from the Niger Delta region under Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, in 2017.
The meeting recorded the following successes:
1. The replacement of illegal refineries in the region with modular ones, including options on how to involve the communities as shareholders in the modular refineries. In its operations, FG agreed to supply crude to the local refineries at reasonably considered price, as an incentive to stop the practice whereby illegal refiners vandalise and steal the crude. Each Niger Delta state is expected to host two modular refineries. The ground-breaking of the first set of such refineries have however been done, with many ready for production.
2. Similarly, FG also established the Maritime University at Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta state which is now operational.
3. FG released additional N35 billion to step up the Amnesty Programme in the Delta region, which is a specific and significant raise to the 2016 Budgetary allocation to the office. This significant increase is reflected in the 2017 budget with N70 billion allocation. The Amnesty Office has since paid up all ex-militants backlog of their stipends.
4. An initial fund of $1 billion was set aside for the clean-up and environmental remediation of Ogoniland, while
the sum of $200 million will be disbursed yearly for the first five years and work on the project will be conducted in line with international best practices. Already soil and water tests have been done in preparation for the clean-up and 15 technical assistants hired to be part of the work from Ogoniland.
5. To drive infrastructure, the FG released funds for the continuation of various sections of the East-West Road. As at March, the overall project completion is substantial ( Section I – 99.98 per cent, Section II – I – 78.33 per cent, Section II -II – 67.95 per cent, Section III – 99.22 per cent, Section IV – 97.7 per cent) with Sections I and III completed and due for commissioning. Furthermore, the FG plans to construct Health Centres in the states and communities of the region. On completion, they will be fully equipped to address some of the health needs of rural dwellers.
This project will place the region as one of the most advanced places in Africa for high speed internet access and reliable communication systems, and lots more.
Speaking at the FT Africa Summit in London, the 64-year-old Law Professor, confirmed that “Militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region no longer posed a significant threat to oil production.”
He said Nigeria had lost as much as 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of
Oil production in 2016 amid militant attacks on oil and gas infrastructure, which is concentrated in the southern Delta region.
On bringing the country out of recession two times within the spate of Four Years is a record breaking feat, especially in a country where the past presidents hardly trust their deputies, but for Osinbajo, it is a different case. Of course, many pundits would say his integrity won him the confidence reposed in him by Mr. President, but in truth, they are right.
As the Chairman of the Economic Sustainability Committee, Prof. Osinbajo and the team developed the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP), which was later approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on June 24, 2020.
Knowing that the NESP will yield result when hardwork is infused, the Vice – President said “With complete focus on improving the economy every day, the recession will soon be history.”
Athough, not too many Nigerians expected the nation’s Covid-induced recession which hit the economy in the Third Quarter (Q3) to have disappeared in Q4 with an expansion of 0.11 percent, but like a prophesy awaiting fruition, an economist, Bismark Rewane, described it as an “unexpected exit” of Nigeria from recession.
Rewane attributed the development to a - four interelated factor which include the fact that the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) “was more successful than we thought it would be initially”.
This was achieved through many processes and reforms to the benefit of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME).
The vice-President also engineered many schemes to ease the burden on the youth and women, which include: N-Power, Market Moni and many others.
Little wonder the President keeps assigning "key responsibilities" to him to execute.
The latest of such tasks is to solve the Housing Deficit in Nigeria to a significant point. The VP, known for “on-the-ground-assessment of projects”, visited the sites of the 300,000 Social Housing Scheme; a project facilitated by the ESC. This followed the negotiation with cement manufacturers to charge at discount prices.
Just recently, another task was added to his many duties; President Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) styled Infrastructure company named Infra-Co with an initial seed capital of one trillion naira, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Chairing and Steering the Committee tasked with setting up the company.
I can go on and on to prove why the Law Professor and genius is the solution to the renewal of the once-upon-a-time rotten system.
Admired both locally and internationally, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is acknowledged analgesic to Nigeria’s multifaceted problems.
Thank you sir for the self-less services to your Fatherland - and by extention, Humanity.
Happy Birthday Prof.
Eniola Opeyemi, is a public affairs analyst, writes from Lagos.f do aptu
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