Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on yesterday said the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country would yield double growth for the Nigerian economy.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
Osinbajo said: “The President, of course as you know, is very committed to everything we have done. I mean, as much as it was possible, we worked together on most of these issues. And what we are doing essentially was executing a plan, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and we intend to continue to execute it as efficiently as possible.
“So, I think we should expect double efforts as opposed to single effort now that the President is back. And I’m sure that you are going to see very strong leadership.”
According to him, the common man on the street will soon begin to see and feel the real growth of the economy.
“So I think the common man would begin to see, because we are talking about real growth, we are talking about growth in jobs, and a lot of that is going to start with actual production dealing with agriculture first.
“We are hoping that the agro-processing would catch up. We are hoping that resource manufacturing also would catch up, all of the resource manufacturing. We are hoping that even the innovation and technology-led manufacturing will also catch up.
“But in all of these, you know we are at a point where I think we are taking off quite well and we will soon see significant improvement in the lives of the people.”
He said the Nigerian domestic market is large enough to create the kind of opportunities that other countries would salivate about.
“So, I think we are in a good place. We are certainly behind the curve in terms of realising the potential in agriculture, the potential in agro-processing. But in the past year and a half, I think that more and more innovation and opportunities are arising and more people are going into farming. More and more investors are coming into farming, so we think we are in a very good place,” the vice president stated.
TheNewsGuru.com reports that President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Saturday, August 19 from a medical trip in London after spending 103 days. The Vice President acted in his stead throughout the period.