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November 13, 2018

Be vigilant, hold leaders to account, Osinbajo urges Nigerians

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has called on Nigerians to be vigilant and to hold their leaders to account as well as pay more attention to how the nation’s resources are being managed.

He made the call at a public lecture on “Developing the Nation through Youth Empowerment’’, held at the University of Ibadan in Oyo State.

Osinbajo, a professor of law, urged Nigerians to ask more questions to save the country’s commonwealth from going under in no distant time.

According to him, the Federal Government is investing in infrastructure and job creation to ensure Nigeria does not return to the old days.

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Professor Osinbajo stressed the need for the government at various levels to focus on technology and innovation.

He said the move is necessary because the future of jobs for the Nigerian youth depends on it.

Upon his arrival in Ibadan, the Vice President was received by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and top officials of the state government.

A day before his visit to Oyo State, Osinbajo attended an event organised for entertainers in Lagos.

At the event which held on Friday, he re-emphasised the importance of the entertainment industry to the nation’s economic growth and assured stakeholders that the sector would continue to enjoy the need support to maximise its potentials.

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“No sensible politician can ignore entertainers; if you do, you do so at your own risk. Entertainers also cannot ignore politicians; it is impossible. If you do, you do so at your own peril,” Osinbajo said.

“Already, there is a lot going on. Your industry has to respond to what is going on. This industry is important and crucial to our economy.”

The Vice President said he had met frequently with entertainers with a view to developing policies around the industry for economic growth.

He revealed that the government has decided to create a Technology and Creativity Advisory Council, to see how the government could move the industry forward through proper policies, especially on how to address the issue of piracy.

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Osinbajo said, “We must set up the environment that will make it happen. No environment is completely ready; whatever it is that we have at the moment, we have to make the maximum use of it to grow this industry.”

He said it was gratifying that some entertainers were already in politics and urged others to participate, in order to make a change and a difference.

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