Economic meltdown:We share your pains, Buhari tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he was committed to the implementation of the positive agenda he promised Nigerians in the change mantra.

The president said through steadfastness and dedication, the country will be rescued and made prosperous.

The president, who also hinted that help to states will continue until the economy improves, noted that changes are never achieved on bed of roses.

Buhari spoke during his official visit to Osogbo, Osun State, to inaugurate the 3,000-capacity Osogbo High School, which was part of activities to mark the 25th anniversary of the state.

He said no stone would be left unturned to mitigate the pains of the moment and instill integrity in all sectors of the economy.

He disclosed that the Federal Government is aware of the pains Nigerians are going through, since his administration took off, assuring that government is on track to rescue the country from past mistakes and make her great again.

The president also revealed that 10 per cent of the entire budget for this year was dedicated to the education sector to show the priority of government.

He said his administration intends to make education in the country qualitative as promised in the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He described the school as monumental and called on other states to key into the initiative to raise the standard of education in the country.

Buhari said: “Changes are never achieved on the bed of roses. But through steadfastness, dedication, integrity, the country shall be rescued and made prosperous again.

“What we are trying to do since is to introduce all ingredients in the change mantra on the individual levels but change takes perseverance, endurance, dedication to achieve.

“Osogbo High School, being commissioned is a legacy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration. It is three schools in one place. The economy is unquantifiable and worthy of emulation by other states.”

He commended Osun State government and the people for supporting his government. Buhari said on the four occasions he had visited the state, the level of support had been high.

In his remarks, Governor Aregbesola explained that the school cost the state N1.35bn.
It has 72 classrooms, with each capable of sitting 49 students.

According to him, 1,694 schools across the state have been renovated, noting that the present effort of the government is to pursue economic development and lift lives of students.

“Education is life and this shall be pursued by this administration.

“All the new schools are to provide good and conducive environment for learning for pupils in the state. It is not just to develop the brain, but to alleviate poverty of our people,” Aregbesola said.

He commended President Buhari for saving the country from collapse, noting that since taking over the reins, the president has not failed Nigerians.

President Buhari was accompanied on the visit by Governors Kashim Shettima (Borno ) Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos) Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu among others.

He was received by Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the leadership of APC in the South West.