No more excuses, Osinbajo tells Ministers


Acting President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government will no longer accept excuses that suggest that its quest to deliver sustainable socio-economic development is not possible.

His spokesman, Laolu akande, in a statement, quoted him as saying this at the State House in Abuja on Thursday during a retreat on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan and the 2018 budget preparation process.

The retreat, which was held behind closed-doors, featured guest speakers including a former top official of the Malaysian government, Dr Idris Jala.

The acting president said, “The excuse that it won’t work here, the Nigerian factor, or some say exceptionalism or the acceptance of failure before you even start is certainly not tenable any more.

“We simply have to accept that there is nothing Nigerian about failure, because as we know in our personal lives, failure and success are commodities on offer to everyone all over the world and every individual and every country makes a choice of which to buy.

“I will say on our behalf that we will choose success. I think it goes beyond motivational speech. I think it really challenges the core of our relevance as leaders and I am challenged and I know that many of us here too. I think that we will do what we need to do to make sure that we see through the labs that we have to identify specific areas where we will do this labs. We must see to it that this works.”

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