Worst Days Over, Tinubu Tells Nigerians

*  Reveals his govt in one year stopped further bleeding of country   

*Accuses governors of suffocating local government

Deji Elumoye in Abuja, Nume Ekeghe and Kayode Tokede in Lagos

President Bola Tinubu yesterday, told Nigerians that the worst days are over for the Nigerian economy, assuring that his administration would continue to take steps to deliver the dividends of democracy.
The President also accused State governors of being a clog in the wheel of development of the local government as the third tier of government.
Speaking when he received a delegation of the Yoruba Leaders of Thought at the State House, the President, according to a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, emphasised that governance must be transformative and must address the critical needs of citizens.

According to him, the past 12 months have been fulfilling for his administration despite the presence of some challenges being addressed frontally.
His words: “It has been challenging. It has been fulfilling as well. We took over, and we have stopped the bleeding. I can say categorically now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And it will not bleed to death, but rather will now move to prosperity. That is the promise that I made to you all, and it is also the charge that you gave to me.

“We are managing to swim through the pond. The current is not a good one. We will turn the tide. We are turning the bend. This I assure you. I am being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria. We will prevail.
“I thank the team who have been working really hard. All I can promise is that we will do whatever it takes. We are determined and we will work so that all Nigerians can feel the impact of good governance.”
The President also called for more effective local government system that fosters community development and delivers the essentials of governance within a strengthened federal structure.

He said: “Local government administration is being suffocated. People are looking at the opportunity to ensure that they survive and become more purposeful through community development programmes. What I will not support is any effort to make the local government a unitary system by handing all core responsibilities to the federal government. That is criminal when there is a federal system.

“We have a federal system. There is state and federal administration. States must do whatever is in the best interest of their own process of administration. There is no one-size-fits-all. That is what we should do by looking at the revenue formula and we must be consistent with federalism; fiscal federalism. Those are the things you should expect from me, not the knee-jerk reactions ahead of elections.
“Our population is growing. It is getting larger. The geographical requirement is getting bigger, so we still want more space for housing. The population is growing. So that is the basis for flexibility at the local government level. We must grow and expand.”

Tinubu, also called for the deepening of governance and the reinforcement of leadership across all levels of government and institutions, adding that his administration was committed to encouraging fiscal federalism and strengthening the system to enhance inclusion and equity for all Nigerians.
“Healthcare upgradation is ongoing. Road rehabilitation and construction is ongoing. Education development is ongoing. I am charging you to look at what is going on in the States. Pay attention to your State governors. Tell them to take their responsibilities seriously and make the people the focus of their development plans. Once there is synergy, then I can assure you that Nigeria will be one of the best nations that you will see anywhere on earth.

Tinubu assured Nigerians that his administration would ensure they get value for every kobo spent, and that his government would leave a lasting legacy of prosperity to future generations, while removing the yoke of poor governance and expanding access to qualitative public goods.
“We will get value for our money, and it is not for ourselves, but for our children. Our children will not inherit the burden of bad governance. Yet, they will enjoy the prosperity of Nigeria as a blessed nation from our very hands; from our sweat. We will bequeath to them a nation full of pride and prosperity,” he further said.

While thanking the delegation of eminent Nigerians, the President urged continuous support for and faith in Nigeria, assuring them that his government would live up to expectations.
“I can tell you that Nigeria is no longer printing paper money and deceiving itself that it has a base for survival. Nigeria went through terrible labour pains, but we have seen the baby coming out alive,” the President stated.
Earlier in his remarks, the National Secretary of Yoruba Leaders of Thought, Hon. Bayo Aina, who spoke on behalf of the Convener, Mr. Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi, commended the President for his prioritisation of investment in infrastructure across various sectors.

“We salute your timely initiative to upgrade, construct and modernise the infrastructure of our nation in health, aviation, transportation, as well as the education sector. We commend you for your commitment to providing responsible, responsive, and accountable governance in this country.
“At this point, we state without equivocation our total commitment to the vision of greatness that you have articulated, which is the destiny of Nigeria, not only within Africa, but globally and among the comity of nations before the end of the 21st century,” the National Secretary of the group added.

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