Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is currently faring better in terms of infrastructural development of the country than previous administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan even when crude oil sold over $100 per barrel in the international market at that time.
Osinbajo stated this on Sunday at the Presidential Villa while playing host to Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye, Houston, US-based Nigerian doctor who successfully led a medical team that operated on a foetus, winning US and global acclaim for the feat.
According to the Acting President, availability of resources is not the issue, but it is all about the management of what is available.
“When we were making over a $100 per barrel, we were owing oil JVC cash calls, not able to pay salaries and owing contractors. Now that we are down in earnings by 60%, we have sorted out the problem of cash calls and are able to support states to pay salaries,” he said.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said that the feat of the Nigeria-trained doctor is remarkable in every sense and would make people wonder how bless is the country saying that Nigeria can be well run if good men and women give patriotism priority.
Acting President said, “This country can be well run, we produce the best in every way, but it will take a lot of doing, by good men and women. This is what I have learnt in the past over two years here. If we do the right things, day by day, we’ll change and improve the Nigerian situation significantly.
Olutoye brought out a foetus from a mother-Margaret Boemer’s womb to remove a tumour from the foetus, and then restored the unborn baby to the womb successfully. The mother then continued to carry the pregnancy to term, and later on, delivered the baby safely and well.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Olutoye, who was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by members of his family including his wife and parents, attributed his medical successes in the US to his Nigerian training and education up till the university. He is a graduate of Medicine from the then University of Ife.
“All we have achieved from primary to university is from Nigeria, and I believe that Nigeria will surpass what we have achieved out there,” he declared.