- VP Osinbajo said President Buhari has promised to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years
- Osinbajo said the federal government will achieve the target by collaborating with the state governors
- The vice president added that FG's National Micro and Medium Enterprises scheme is designed to develop the business of petty traders and reduce poverty in the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to take 100 million Nigerians would be out of poverty in the next 10 years, according to his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Osinbajo made this known on Thursday, September 12, at Abdullahi Fodio palace in Birnin Kebbi when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
"President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to take 100 million Nigerian out of poverty in the next 10 years, we believe very strongly we can achieve it with the collaboration with the state governors.
"We are here in Kebbi for several things and to promote National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and petty traders business, and to inspect the renovation of market in the state,” he said.
According to the vice president, the National Micro and Medium Enterprises scheme is a scheme that is designed to develop the business of petty traders in the country which can alleviate the level of poverty in the country.
"We give petty traders N10,000, when they pay back we increase it to N20,000.
“This is very good program which is designed to help hard working citizens of this country; they should be able to have support from government no matter how little it is,” he said
He commended the traditional ruler, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, for collaborating with security agencies in fighting insecurity in the state.
He further thanked Governor Abubakar Bagudu for supporting trader groups across 21 local government areas of the state and for giving N200 million loan to National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
”I am so pleased to hear what NURTW has been doing in Kebbi; every ward has two drivers to take pregnant women to hospital and wait for one hour in the hospital and take them back home; they are rendering service to humanity,” he said.
The Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, commended the vice president for promoting petty traders across the country.
Bashar said Nigerians should come together and forget cultural and religious differences and embrace peace and development.
He further congratulated President Buhari and Osinbajo for their victory at the tribunal victory.
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Meanwhile, President Buhari has explained why he preferred placing women in charge of the economic and financial hub of the country such as the Ministry of Finance and other strategic positions.
The president on Thursday, September 12, said having women in the financial sector is to ensure effective management of limited resources available, and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness.
According to a statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari said he preferred women to be in charge of the treasury as they can readily deploy their experience in aligning resources with the needs of the country.
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