Yakubu Dogara has stressed the need for entrepreneurs to re-engineer growth in the economy to tame the recession.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan.
The statement said that Dogara made the appeal in Benin at the inaugural ball of Gov Godwin Obaseki.
It said that the ball was attended by prominent industrialists including Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
Dogara stressed the need for the entrepreneurs to put their heads together to re-engineer growth in the economy to tame the recession.
On the new governor and his deputy, the speaker was optimistic that they would deliver on their mandate.
“Judging from past performances, I am positive that Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, have all it takes to deliver growth and development to Edo people.
“I had come in contact with the governor when I was serving in the House of Representatives, specifically, on the House Committee on Capital Market.
“He made appearances before that committee and I can attest to the fact that I knew him to be a man that is very deep.
“So, when I heard that the people of Edo State identified him as one of the shining stars that will take over from the governor that by popular consensus, performed credibly well, I knew that they had made a good choice.
“I will say that with our brother, who is his deputy, a man who cut his teeth early in student union activism, who is an activist, a comrade, I am sure that has better positioned you to pilot the affairs of this state to the required destination.
“I believe beyond reasonable doubt, that together, you will achieve a lot for Edo State, what has not been possible,’’ Dogara said.
The speaker further told the new governor and his deputy that they had no excuse but to hit the ground running.
“And I believe because the governor who just handed over distinguished himself while serving here, they will have no excuse not to build or surpass on the activities or achievements that he made while he was governor.
“The only thing that will stop them is excuses and I believe that the future of democracy, whether in Nigeria or elsewhere, belong to those who will excuse the excuses of others but not theirs,’’ Dogara said.