Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that for any nation to grow, its public servants and citizens in general must decide to do the required hard work.
He made this known during an interaction with civil and public servants between Grade Level 8 and 14, on Wednesday in Abuja.
“No matter how much you pray and fast, our country cannot grow without some of us deciding to do the hard work that makes nations work,” Osinbajo said.
The acting president said:
Every generation of people owe the next generation a debt. This is paid by ensuring that we provide means for the next generation to survive. But there are people in every generation who have a special burden, a more important role than others in preparing for present prosperity & future abundance. This group of people are called public servants.
Great economies and great nations, prosperity and abundance of nations and communities are created by men and not spirits.
No matter how much you pray and fast, our country cannot grow without some of us deciding to do the hard work that makes nations work.
He also called on civil and public servants to show commitment in the implementation of the new Executive Order for ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“It is the public service that determines whether the business environment will be friendly and welcoming or that the business will be driven away or destroyed.
The opportunities to create jobs will be there if businesses exist but it depends on the public service.
Anytime a potential business owner wants to register a company, he may want to get a tax clearance certificate or pay for NAFDAC Registration or pay land registration; or any other paper and approvals and certification from bank.
And if you do not willingly and efficiently help him or her, we are failing the job that could have been created.
Every time we postpone the jobs that we could have done today, we are postponing the prosperity of one person; but in reality the prosperity of so many.
Every time a public officer is an obstacle to business, he attacks the prosperity of our economy and he attacks the prosperity of our future; and it means that our children will not find jobs,” Osinbajo said.