Osinbajo said what is happening in the country, especially the high level of poverty in the system and many other menaces bedevilling the country was a direct consequences of corruption that has permeated every sector of the economy.
The country’s number two man, while responding to the request of Governor Ayodele Fayose on the construction of an airport in the state, said “Ekiti state deserves an airport but I have discussed what we need in return with his Excellency.
“The Federal government will continue to give support to every project that will fast-track development in each of the states of the federation. We know how important is this airport to Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD),” he said.
Osinbajo, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Friday during the 2016 convocation ceremony of the university, said the country’s citizens need re-orientation to wipe out corruption that has permeated every institution of government.
The Vice President said: “I have great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption. Sometimes in 2002, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) where he let the court realized that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation.
“All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious
reorientation. So, value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption.
“That was why the present federal government is intervening , because if we refuse every facet of the country will fail. We must act fast and deal with the situation as quickly as possible,” he pointed out.
Osinbajo advised the graduands to be multi-skilled to be able to compete under the present economic situation, advising that
“You must be trustworthy and honest apart from being skillful and resourceful to be able to make a great impact in the future ahead of you. You must reflect on the values they have inculcated in you in the institution and be conscious of the fact that Nigeria, your country must be great and through which this can be achieved with your contributions.”
Earlier, Fayose pleaded with the federal government to inject the airport project in the 2017 appropriation bill, stating that the request represents the interest of the generality of Ekiti populace.