Vice President Kashim Shettima has called for continuous improvement of public-private infrastructure partnerships as part of measures to accelerate Nigeria’s economic growth.
Shettima made the call on Thursday in Abuja during the public presentation of two books authored by renowned Nigeria’s legal luminaries, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN).
In his speech titled, ‘Mallam Yusuf Ali: Enduring Reflection in Law, History, and Public Policy’, he recalled President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s legacies as governor of Lagos State and that the president would repeat the feat at the national level in the bid to reposition the country.
“There is, of course, no politician in the country today who can match President Tinubu’s experience in both brokering public-private partnership and understanding what must be done to bridge our infrastructure gaps.
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“You only need to gaze into the realities of Lagos State before and after his progressive leadership as executive governor to realise his spectacular legacy, a skill-set he’s again brought into play to reposition Nigeria as a competitive global player.
“The president’s Renewed Hope Agenda is built on the realisation of improved infrastructure as a critical catalyst for “the nation’s economic growth,” he said.
Sen. Shettima pointed out that the projections of the administration’s sound economic team on revolutionising investment in infrastructure were in tandem with those of its development partners.
He described the two books, ‘The Supreme Court and the Jurisprudence of the Right to Fair Hearing’, and ‘Public Private Partnerships: An Essential Guide for Stakeholders’, as the author’s ‘eagle-eyed contribution’ to the nation’s pursuit of order and development.
Reviewing the book, Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN, said that apart from the numerous contributions to knowledge by the author, the book offers an absorbing, interesting and informative insight on the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on the right to fair hearing in Nigeria.
Dignitaries at the book launch include Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwola; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Patricia Etteh.
Also, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, asked senior legal luminaries to emulate Mallam Ali and document their experiences in books to guide upcoming and future practitioners.
Responding, Mallam Ali expressed appreciation to all guests at the presentation and those that contributed towards making the books a reality.