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5 million Nigerians lifted out of poverty by my administration in the last 3 years - Buhari boasts

Legit logo Legit 02/08/2019 Buchi Obichie

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that in three years, five million Nigerian have been lifted out of poverty by his administration.

The president made the assertion on Thursday, August 1 at the opening of the global youth employment forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja, The Cable reports.

Legit.ng gathers that Buhari, who was represented by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, said the feat was achieved through the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari looks on during the African Union summit at the palais des Congres in Niamey, on July 7, 2019. © ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari looks on during the African Union summit at the palais des Congres in Niamey, on July 7, 2019.

He added that the programme had produced positive outcome in the enrollment of children in schools.

Buhari stressed that his government understands the need to create employment by focusing on youth empowerment.

He said: “We note at this point, that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significance, and on the front burner of development discourse.

“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.

“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.

“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs."

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Buhari said one of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components, which has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.

He said: “For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the 2019 report by a non-governmental international organization, Oxfam International, ranked Nigeria low on poverty eradication and gender equality.

According to the report, 69% of Nigerians live below the poverty line while the country ranked 125 out of 145 countries on the gender inequality index.

Oxfam country director, Constant Tchona, made this known during a media briefing in Abuja.


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