By Chijioke Okoronkwo, Abuja.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, who came to visit him, following his recuperation from a leg surgery that was carried out in July.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the vice-president expressed his appreciation to the governors for their visit and good wishes.
He harped on the need for urgent measures to address issues on the economy and the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
The vice-president and the governors agreed to engage the pressing issues further, with a view to bringing fast resolution for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
“We all need to work together on these critical issues. We need to think through things, and we need to do it fast,” he said.
Osinbajo also commended the expertise of Nigerian doctors and the availability of cutting-edge medical facilities in the country.
The vice-president regretted that doctors were restrained by regulations from advertising and as a result, many people were unaware of the level of quality medical services available locally.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, who is also the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, spoke with journalists shortly after the meeting with the vice-president.
He said that the governors were excited that the vice-president had recovered from a serious medical procedure which he underwent.
Bagudu said that the governors appreciated Osinbajo, particularly for showing confidence, yet again, in the Nigerian medical establishment, as he had the procedure in Nigeria.
“We had the opportunity to ask him how capable the team that helped out was and how he would recommend them, and how Nigerians should take steps to find out the amazing opportunities and capacities that are in our medical establishments.
“We felicitated with him and we thanked him for his leadership of the National Economic Council,’’ Bagudu said.
Present at the meeting were Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa.
Others were Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara; Abubakar Bello of Niger, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi, Kelechi Igwe.