By CrossRiverWatch admin
In continuation of a series of scheduled nationwide and sectoral town hall meetings, the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday took questions from 100 pressure groups at the Oranmiyan Hall of the Airport Hotel in Lagos, where he assured Nigerians that the Lagos – Calabar railway was safe and secured in the 2016 budget.
Participants at the town hall event, which was moderated by renowned economist and former Presidential candidate, Professor Pat Utomi, asked questions on teething issues prevailing in the polity, ranging from leadership, power generation, electricity shortages, fuel scarcity, unemployment, N5000 for the poor APC campaign promise, fight against corruption among several others.
While responding to a question about whether the Calabar – Lagos railway project was still in the 2016 budget or not, the Vice President said: “It is in the budget. The most effective way of moving goods is by rail. Consequently, the Lagos-Calabar and Lagos-Kano rails are included in the budget.”
He assured that President Muhammadu Buhari and he are completely committed to providing competent leadership saying “We have no other agenda. We acknowledge there are pains but they are just birth pains. This is not the end.”
Osinbajo urged Nigerians to unite and become one tribe against corruption since corruption cuts across all ethnic groups in the country while calling on Nigerians not to allow themselves to be divided by religion and ethnicity.
On the prevailing fuel scarcity in the country, the Vice President said the administration is in the process of providing a final solution to the fuel situation in the country and disclosed that the government is currently compiling the social register for the poor and as soon as the budget is passed, they will begin to pay the 5000 naira campaign promise to the poor.
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