- Category: Politics
- Published on Thursday, 20 May 2010 06:35
- Written by Tribune
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Former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, was on Wednesday sworn in as the vice-president of the country with the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, promising to ensure there was no crisis in their relationship as had been witnessed between occupants of the two offices in the past.
The ceremony, which took place inside the Aso Chambers of the Presidential Villa, was presided over by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloysius Katsina Alu and witnessed by prominent personalities, including state governors, ministers, politicians and members of the diplomatic corps.
The president, who immediately decorated Vice-President Sambo with the national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), recalled his experience as deputy governor and vice president, noting with confidence that friction would not arise between them.
He said: “I promise you full cooperation. The stories of crisis between president and vice-president will not arise. I will make sure that we work together as a team. I have the confidence to say that because my history is well known by everybody. So I have a fair knowledge of areas of disagreement.
“I was a deputy governor before I became a governor, and I started as a vice-president and then before I became the president. I know that we will work together to make sure that we project the interest of this country internationally and work with all stakeholders to improve the economy of this country. “
In his response, the vice-president noted that he accepted to serve in the new office and was aware of the enormous challenges that came with it which he hoped would be surmounted.
According to him, “I believe that my choice to occupy this office by Mr. President is hinged on the belief that I will bring my wealth of experience garnered over the years in the private, as well as the public sector, to bear in the discharge of my duties and actualisation of Mr. President’s lofty programmes for our dear country.
“I have had course to work with Mr President, just as he had said, closely in the National Economic Council, National Independent Power Committee, as well as the PDP building projects and several other committees and the experience had been worthwhile.”