The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed on Monday repeated Federal Government’s arrangement to haul 100 million Nigerians out of neediness this year, in accordance with a vow prior made by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Ahmed made this known when she showed up on a program on NTA. Talking during the meeting, the Minister said
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that we must pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and that is our major focus. Based on the president’s directives, we want to move fast to make the kind of change the president wanted in the country.
“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, you will find that the bill was largely targeted at making businesses easy for the small and very small businesses. This is because we believe that is where the economy needs to really grow and stabilize from.” she said
The World Poverty clock a year ago, uncovered that 91,885,874 individuals in Nigeria currently live in outrageous neediness (under $1.9 or N693.5 every day). In June 2018, the World Poverty Clock named Nigeria the neediness capital of the world with measurements demonstrating that 87 million individuals live in destitution.