- The federal government's plan to address poverty is still very much in the pipeline
- The government said it plans to ensure 100 million Nigerians are taken out of extreme poverty
- An influential presidential aide has reiterated the commitment of the government in ensuring it comes to fruition
The federal government has reiterated its plan to take out 100 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.
This was reaffirmed by the senior special assistant on social investment programmes to the president, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed at the last United Nations General Assembly.
Ahmed was speaking at a side event focused on the multi-dimensional approach to poverty alleviation hosted by the government of Costa Rica and Oxford University.
The presidential aide stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had laid the foundation for making the plan possible in the last four years of his administration.
His words: “The first four years of the President Buhari administration has been a tedious project of setting up a foundation for the journey ahead.
“That journey on our part is to see that we empower the less privileged, the poorest Nigerians, the unemployed, and provide them with hands up, giving them the opportunity to lift themselves out of their predicaments and empowering them for self-development and fulfilment.
“The president is committed to this project, and thus has set a mandate of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty within the next 10 years. It may sound too ambitious to some or perhaps even outlandish, but with the renewed focus and commitment I have seen from the president, this is a feat that can be achieved and we must ensure that we roll up our sleeves to do just that.”
He said to ensure that the target is met, those concerned with the initiative have set targets for themselves.
He stated that plans are underway to reach more communities and more people, adding that each of the clusters of the social investment programmes has a target of the number of beneficiaries it must reach within a period.
He went on to say the programme was the largest social investment ever seen in Nigeria and West Africa.
He said the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and Social Development created by the President was a Ministry that would play a critical role in the fight against poverty.
At New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed was also honoured as on the the World’s Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) under 40.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Nigerian economy has recorded nine consecutive quarters of Gross Dometic Product growth so far.
The president said this while presenting Nigeria's 2020 budget to the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 8, adding that it is a testament to his government’s economic policies implemented so far.
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