Buhari Will Use Commonsense Strategy To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty, Says Osinbajo


Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari will use a simple, commonsense strategy to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesman, quoted the vice-president as saying in a statement yesterday.

Three weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari set up a national poverty reduction with growth strategy (NPRGS) steering committee, following the approval of the federal executive council (FEC) in April.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the steering committee in Abuja, Osinbajo said the committee would improve the adoption of commonsensical approaches in achieving its objectives.

The vice-president said to achieve a different result, the committee will be intentional about its objectives and how to achieve them.

“I really want us to approach this as much as possible, commonsensical so that we are able to resolve all the issues and focus on the real progress,” he said.

“I want us to look beyond all of what we are going to be doing, there is going to be a considerable amount of paperwork, but a lot of common sense is what grows economies.

“It’s what other countries have done, not really reinventing the wheel. So, I want us to focus on those commonsensical things so that we can actually move forward.”

Citing the example of Bangladesh’s poverty reduction strategy, osinbajo noted how the country’s manufacturing sector was crucial to its development.

He said that the committee will consider opportunities in the agricultural sector and how funding can be provided to explore them.

“Bangladesh actually exports more garments than we export oil,” he said.

“Countries that have managed to get out of poverty have created a lot of jobs through industries, and they have developed intentional strategies.

“We must look at what others have done, the smart things that other people have done, and adopt,” Osinbajo added.

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