We Will Leave A Better Nigeria – Buhari, Commissions Edo University
BEVERLY HILLS, November 08, (THEWILL) – President Mohammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration would leave the country better than he met it by doing a lot of savings and shifting focus from petroleum to solid minerals and agriculture.
Speaking on Tuesday at Iyamho, Estako West local government, Edo State, the President disclosed that successes are being recorded in his areas of campaigns which are security, economy and fighting corruption.
He insisted that he has not deviated from his campaign promises which are to uplift the economy, provide security and fight corruption noting that Nigerians are paying for the mistakes of the leaders who turned the country into a mono-economy.
While addressing leaders of Edo North shortly after he commissioned the new Edo University, Buhari said he was pleased that Nigerians now understand what his administration stands for and what he intends to do.
“We are blessed with human and material resources. We made terrible mistakes in allowing ourselves to become a mono economy and we are now paying dearly from our mistakes,” he said.
“Nigeria made money from cocoa, palm oil and other agricultural products. We threw everything away because of petroleum.
“We have to go back to the land and solid minerals and do a lot of savings so that we can leave a better country for our children. We are pleased people are beginning to show understanding for what we stand for.
“During my campaigns, I emphasize three things, security, economy and fighting corruption. In each one of them, we are recording success.
“Oshiomhole has shown a lot of foresight by the quality of infrastructure he has put on ground.”
On his part, Governor Oshiomhole said God has answered his prayers to finish well and to finish strong revealing that it was clear to him at the beginning that governance was not about popularity contest but try to get done things that are in the best interests of the people.
“God has answered my prayers to finish strong and to finish well. I will handover to Godwin on Friday . In conceptualising this University, I was troubled by what I have seen as a worker and as a governor,” he said.
“How do we fund it? We decided to move away from the tradition where the government subsidies education for the rich just as much as we subsides the children of the poor. We will not pay subsidy for children of the rich.
“The University will not be the exclusive reserve for children of the rich. The state government will pay for those who need government support. We will give subsidy to those who need it. That is how we can sustain a university system that will not perpetually depend on government financing.
“Those who cannot afford we will pay for it. There can be no overnight solution to Nigeria problem. Our country has a future under Buhari. We will dominate again. I am excited by the kind of question the President asked at every point. Are they made in Nigeria. Are they imported?”
Story by Oputah David