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Osinbajo Rejects Multi-Billion New VP Residence

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday that the building of a new residence for the nation’s number 2 is a waste of public funds.

The VP’s current residence – Aguda House – according to him is sufficient and up to standard.

Interacting with Pastors and Leaders Retreat of the Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju, Lagos,Osinbajo described the N6 billion already spent on the project as a misapplication of fund although he said that with the level of construction already done, government would have to complete it and find a different use for it.

“There is no need for a new Vice President’s house; it is a kind of waste; we are now in a situation where we cannot abandon it; it has to be completed and used for a different thing,” he said.

On the controversial State House Medical Centre, Osunbajo said it is for the use of all Nigerians hence the need to equip it with all the medical facilities available.

He also said the education sector lacked not only standards but adequacy of institutions which led to Nigerians sponsoring their children abroad for tertiary education.

He explained that while 1.8 million Nigerians sit for university entrance examination yearly, only about 300,000 are offered admission due to dearth of universities.

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He said the government was planning to convert many of the existing universities into centres of excellence and support the private sector in the running of universities to enable more Nigerians to have access to tertiary education.

He said infrastructure development was key in the administration which informed the voting of 30 per cent of the 2016 appropriation to capital projects.

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, the leader of the Church, asked Christians to continue to pray for the administration as Nigeria had a great future.

He said the present administration would lead the people to a more prosperous and secure nation.

Osinbajo had earlier in the day preached at the burial service for his childhood friend, Bola Omotesho, at the Olive Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Banana Island, Lagos.

He urged Nigerians to lead good lives to rest in peace as there was actually no peaceful rest for a bad soul in spite of the earthly prayers offered for the soul.

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