Presidency, Reps parley to end recession
The Presidency on Thursday met with members of the House of Representatives on how to get Nigeria out of recession.
The closed- door meeting was held in the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the State House, Abuja.
The lawmakers, who are members of the Tactical Committee on Recession, were led by Committee Chairman, Dr. Bode Ayorinde.
The meeting aimed at promoting cordiality and progressive synergy between the National Assembly and the Presidency, had in attendance the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.
The vice president, during the meeting called on political leaders in the country to commit themselves to doing something collectively and individually that can alter the ways things are done in Nigeria for good.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo also urged the leaders to use their positions to effect changes that would benefit the citizenry.
He stressed that leadership was a call to service.
He said: “How many people will get this kind of opportunity we have to lead? The opportunity to serve is one that must be taken seriously and used for the common good.’’
On corruption, and its attendant abnormality in matters of development, the vice president said “it is in our interest to deal with corruption, this is not moralising, it is an existential threat, it a survival issue.”
“`We need to address the fundamentals of that abnormality. If we do not address it, no matter what we say, things won’t work.
“I think it is very important, especially for us who are in government today either as legislature or executive. We have to address this issue, it is a fundamental issue; everywhere in the world, even where they do not have the problems we have, they are addressing the issue.”