Vice President Yomi Osibanjo has said the economic crisis facing the country is not insurmountable as according to him the country has the capacity to be a great nation.
Osibanjo made this known while presenting a keynote address at the 4th Progressive Governors lecture series, held at the Umaru Musa Yaradua, Kaduna on Thursday.
He said no country in Africa has the human and material resources like Nigeria, stressing that the challenge is for Nigerians to make a difference.
“Without us taking responsibility of our problems little could be done. We have few years to transform this country and I believe those of us seated here are the ones that can make the difference.
The vice president noted that even though some of these problems will take some months and even years but the time has come for us to make things done.
Also, speaking in the same vein, the host governor, Mallam Nasir el-rufai said the country is passing through an unprecedented economic crisis which could be attributed to both the past and present circumstances.
“So we need a fundamental shift from what we are doing. I believe the guest speaker will help us to have solutions to these problems,” the governor said.
The guest speaker, former governor of the Central Bank, Mr Charles Soludo who spoke on the theme “Building The Economy of States: Challenge of Developing Inclusively Sustainable Growth,” remarked that the collapsed of the oil prices is a blessing to the country.
He maintained that even though agriculture could provide the way out of the present crisis but it is not enough to sustain the nation’s growth and development.
Soludo noted that commercial agriculture must be supported by ensuring that the teeming youths have the opportunity to acquire education and health facilities are developed.