- The federal government has said that it is on the move to lift about 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 2020
- The directive, according to the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed Shamsuna, was given by President Muhammadu Buhari
- The minister said that this will be achieved by the creation of enabling environment for small businesses
The minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed Shamsuna, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the ministry to do its utmost to lift not less than 100 million Nigerians from poverty in 2020.
The minister explained that President Buhari said this will be achieved through the provision of a conducive environment for start-up businesses, Daily Trust reports.
Following this, she said that the ministry is moving fast to achieve the welcome vision of the president for the country as soon as possible. She added that this is why the Finance Bill came up.
Zainab said: “In 2020, we want to move very fast because we realized that going at the steady rate we are doing is not going to make the kind of change that the president has directed must happen.
“So, we have to make sure that we are creating more jobs and reducing unemployment, and pulling as many Nigerians as possible out of poverty. And that is the reason why when we did the finance bill..."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari had said the federal government’s introduced National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), had in three years, lifted no fewer than 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.
Buhari said this at the opening of the global youth Employment forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday, September 5. He said that the forum was an opportunity for young persons to address the challenges of national economic stability.
Represented by Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, President Buhari commended the ILO for committing itself to youth employment.
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