Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that a new Nigeria is emerging under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stated this during an interactive session he had with Nigerians resident in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, on Wednesday, also quoted Osinbajo as using the occasion of the interactive session to give advice to state governments on how they can avoid the mistakes that led to their requiring financial assistance from the Federal Government.
The vice president said the state governments must do more to increase internally generated revenue as well put workers’ salaries in the first line charge in their expenditure.
Osinbajo also stressed the need for states to clean up their payrolls to ensure that ghost workers were eliminated.
Another plan he disclosed is to ensure that all state governments have a vibrant Debt Management Office, while ensuring a general atmosphere of transparency and accountability in their public expenditures.
While calling on all Nigerians to be committed to the new wind of change in the country, the vice president said “There is so much hope and expectations. A new Nigeria is happening, we are going to see a new Nigeria.
“The reason why I am so convinced is because everyone of us, one way or the other, believe that there should be a change. “I am not saying those who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari and myself only, even if it was the other government, every one of us expected some kind of change”.
He also said Nigeria deserved the best and did not deserve what it had got for so many years.