by Dolapo Adelana
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says the nation is heading for doom if the economy is not reformed.
Tinubu said this while speaking on Tuesday in Lagos at the 9th Bola Tinubu Colloquium organised by his friends and well-wishers, to celebrate his 65th birthday coming up on March 29.
Speaking on the theme of the colloquium ‘Use What We Make, Make What You Use’, the former Lagos governor urged the Federal Government to create a national industrial policy with national infrastructural plan to reform the nation’s economy.
He said, “There is widespread poverty, gross inequity, and high unemployment. I don’t see why this nation should continue to be poor with all its human capital and resources.
“Our challenges as a nation are manifold, but so are our capabilities, talent and resources, therefore we need to revolve the political economy in a manner that will put our huge population into productive use.
“If we do nothing to reform our economy, we are doomed as a nation.
“I know this administration has begun the process of salvaging the economy through reforms, but we need to create that enabling environment and make credit facilities accessible for creative individuals.
“Not only must we use what we make and make what we use, we must make what the world values.
Tinubu also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for exemplifying what teamwork and unity of purpose truly means.
He applauded Buhari for briefly transferring power to Osinbajo during his medical vacation in London.
“I want to applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for meticulously following the constitution in temporarily transferring power to his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
“As such, these two excellent men exemplified teamwork and the true meaning of unity of purpose.
“Buhari set the pace by giving strategic direction to the VP and Osinbajo performed excellently well while the president was away by putting action into what the president told him to do,” he said.
The event which was highly attended, had 12 Governors, ex-governors and Ministers present.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.