By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, lamented that millions of Nigerians were deplorably poor and that the COVID-19 pandemic had increased the level of unemployment and impoverishment of the country’s citizens.
Osinbajo said this at the two-day retreat, which reviewed the encumbrances to the smooth relationship and interdependence that should exist between the executive and legislative arms of government.
In a statement released to the media by the VP’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said: “Every generation of leadership must understand context. Law itself must be interpreted and implemented in context. What is the reality of the context that we operate in today?
“We all know, our nation has millions of extremely poor people, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened unemployment and poverty.
Osinbajo called for closer collaboration between the executive and legislatures in order to build synergy that would help checkmate the gargantuan challenges facing the citizenry.
In his words: “We have huge deficits in infrastructure, many children are out of school. If that is our context, we will be callous and irresponsible if we don’t come together, work together to sort out these grave life threatening problems our people have to confront every day. The dogmatic emphasis on procedural niceties is a luxury we cannot afford.”