Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, has assured Nigerians that their sacrifices will not be in vain.
He said the promises made by the Bola Tinubu administration will be fulfilled.
Sen. Shettima made the remarks at a public lecture to commemorate Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
He said President Bola Tinubu’s administration is committed to building a country where the economic independence of each citizen is guaranteed, and where none of them has to depend on unspecified handouts to earn a living.
According to him, while this anniversary offers Nigeria another opportunity to acknowledge the cross-regional bonds that have kept the country standing as Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy, the Vice President noted that the future of a great nation is not determined by the occurrence of a socio-economic challenge, but by the intention, sincerity, and innovative ideas of its leaders, and their commitment to implementing them.
The Vice President also recognized the sacrifices made by Nigerians over the years, noting that such solidarity has inspired the government to focus on diverse sectors, from agriculture to digital technology, from healthcare to education.
Earlier in his address, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas called on the Federal Government to consider increasing the salary of workers to mitigate the current economic situation in the country while advising the administration to build on the existing synergy among the different arms of government to provide the much needed democratic dividends to Nigerians.
Also speaking on the Tinubu administration’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda in a lecture themed, “Actualizing the vision of Renewed Hope for socio-economic development through effective leadership”, the guest speaker, Dr. Goke Adegoroye, commended President Tinubu for the steps taken so far in repositioning governance and resetting the economy.
Present at the event were Secretary to Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume; Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Esan; Ministers of Information, Mohammed Idris; Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev; FCT, Nyesom Wike; Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu; Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar; Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake; Police Affairs, Ibrahim Gaidam; Steel Development, Shuaibu Audu, and Transportation, Sa’idu Alkali, among others.
Heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, as well as some members of the diplomatic community also attended the event.
RT. HON. TAJUDEEN ABBAS-SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
DR. GOKE ADEGOROYE- GUEST SPEAKER
GEORGE AKUME-SECRETARY TO THE-GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION
KASHIM SHETTIMA-VICE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA