The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to accelerate economic growth with a view to meeting the needs of Nigerians in his second term in office.
He said the APC-led Federal Government was reviving the textile industry in order to create jobs for Nigerians.
Oshiomhole stated this when a delegation from the Vietnamese Government paid a visit to members of the National Working Committee of the APC in Abuja.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, said the delegation was led by the Deputy Chief of Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Hai Ninh.
The statement quoted Oshiomhole as saying, “With a population of 200 million, we have the advantage of a huge market but we also have a huge challenge of ensuring an economic growth that will make that 200 million people comfortable. Before the coming of President Buhari, we have missed a lot of opportunities.”
“We had challenges in power supply and, of course, we have our own share of security challenges. And of course, the President is fighting corruption so that few people will not corner the wealth of this nation. Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for our President, so we are going to take advantage of this second term to ensure that we accelerate economic growth so that we will meet the needs of our people.”
“Right now, we are focusing on ensuring that we have power supply. Vietnam has a strong textile industry and you have the international market. I am particularly keen on this because I worked in the textile factory before and I think that there are one or two things we can learn from your experience because we are on the verge of reviving our textile industry which will help us create jobs.”
“That is why the APC, which was formed in 2014, has the key objective of ensuring that our economy is managed in such a way that it works for the good of the majority and not for a few,” he stated.
Oshiomhole commended the Vietnamese Government for backing Nigeria in its bid for the presidency of the United Nations, adding that the two nations will continue to deepen their relationship in the area of trade and investment for the benefit of the two countries.
Earlier, Ninh said they were on the visit to establish official relationship between the APC-led government and the communist party of Vietnam.
He used the opportunity to solicit the assistance of Nigeria in settling the crisis between Vietnam and China over the disputed South China sea.
He also urged Nigeria to insist that the dispute be settled according to the UN established laws.
Source: Punch News NG