Nigeria will work again under Tinubu, Shettima assures in Russia

Vice President Kashim Shettima has assured Nigerians, especially those living in Russia, that the country, under the administration of President Bola Tinubu, will experience positive change and progress.

He gave this assurance during an interactive forum with members of the Nigerian community in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Vice President, who met with them on Friday evening, addressed concerns raised by members of the community.

He stated, “Be rest assured that in the next 9 to 12 months, there will be a swift change in the fortunes of Nigeria. I’m speaking with all sense of certainty and responsibility because I believe in the capacity and commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

According to a statement issued on Saturday by Olusola Abiola, Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President, Shettima spoke about the efforts of the administration to reposition the economy. He emphasized the pursuit of completing the Ajaokuta Steel Complex and reviving the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON).

“It’s going to be a game-changer. Having a vibrant steel industry is essential for the industrial take-off of any nation. I can bet you, I can promise you that the President will bring Ajaokuta to a reality.”

“Be rest assured that if there is one legacy that President Tinubu would bequeath to fellow Nigerians, Ajaokuta is one. I’ll come back to Russia, we are going to drive this process, and my leader, my boss, and principal – President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is irrevocably committed to Ajaokuta and to ALSCON.

“We have begun the discussion, and we will see to it that these two companies take off; we have no option than to bring them to reality,” Vice President Shettima emphasized.

Speaking further about Nigeria’s transformation prospects, the VP said the Tinubu administration would harness the vast human and material resources to put the country on the path of sustainable development and growth.

According to him, “This is the land of opportunities; we have the landmass and a vibrant youth population. By 2035, there will be a 65 million talent deficit in the world, with America, Russia, and Brazil all suffering a 6 million talent deficit. Nigeria, with its vibrant young population, will be expected to fill the gap.

“So, opportunities abound in the digital space. Our target is to train 1,000,000 Nigerians on digital skills.”

The Vice President expressed confidence in President Tinubu’s capacity to transform Nigeria, stating that “the President passionately believes in the Nigeria project,” and that his emergence as the nation’s leader “did not happen by chance.”

Citing examples of President Tinubu’s outstanding performance as Lagos State Governor, Sen. Shettima said the President has shown “the propensity to inspire development across all sectors, and he has also shown the zeal, passion, as well as the commitment to transform Nigeria.”

He then commended the conduct of leaders and members of the Nigerian community in Russia, stating that “the maturity exhibited by Nigerians living in Russia is an understatement, and I must confess that I am impressed by the Ambassador’s impressive achievements.”

Representatives of the Nigerian community, in separate remarks, commended the initiatives of the Tinubu administration to actively engage with the Russian government to improve relations between Nigeria and Russia.

Present at the forum were Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia, Amb Shehu Abdullahi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Gabriel Aduda; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Mrs Mary Ogbe; President of the Nigerian Community in Russia, Dr Maurice Okoli, and Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDO), Russia, Mr Sampson Uwem, among others.

In a related development, Vice President Shettima on Saturday in St. Petersburg attended the second edition of the Annual Arts Exhibition of the Nigerian Embassy titled “I Imagine Nigeria,” which showcased artworks by young Russian artists.

The statement informed that besides seeing artworks exhibited at the event and presenting gift prizes to young Russian artists, the vice president, in a brief remark, emphasized the importance of cultural diplomacy, noting its potential in deepening ties between Nigeria and Russia.