President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a new poverty alleviation committee, appointing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the chairman.
The National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) has been inaugurated on Tuesday in Abuja, with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and others as members.
The committee is charged with the task of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years through a well-researched framework of implementation and funding.
Speaking at the inauguration event, the president reiterated his regime’s commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years with a well-researched framework for implementation and funding.
He noted that the NPRGS had already proposed establishing a private equity fund, the Nigeria Investment and Growth Fund, to lead resource mobilisation drive and sustainably manage the resources.
“This journey began in January 2021 when I directed the chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to collaboratively work together to articulate what will lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years,” he stated.
The president further noted, “I am happy to note that the process of designing this inclusive poverty reduction strategy recognised and addressed past mistakes as well as laid the foundation for a sustainable poverty reduction.
“This would be done through wide range consultations held at all levels of government, development partners, the private sector as well as the civil society.’’
The appointment came as Osinbajo insisted that President Buhari is committed to Nigeria attaining greater heights in the comity of nations.
Addressing the launch of a book entitled, “The Buhari in us”, written by Abdullahi Haruna in Abuja, the vice president maintained that those opposed to the President’s leadership style do not mean well for the country.