- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the focus of the present administration, is to take Nigerians out of poverty
- Osinbajo said all government’s programmes and projects are geared towards achieving that objective
- He maintained that President Buhari’s focus has always been on the common man
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, August 21, said the focus of the present administration is to take Nigerians out of poverty adding that all government’s programmes and projects were geared towards achieving that objective.
According to a statement signed by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, the vice president spoke during a town hall meeting held in Bariga/Somolu Local Council Development Area, Lagos state to felicitate with Lagosians on the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The Punch reports that Osinbajo said the government was targeting those at the lowest level so that they can do better.
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He said: “I want to emphasise that everything we are doing, our focus, first of all, is to ensure that people are taken out of poverty.
“Our country is very big; over 200 million people, many young people coming out every day. Aside from that, we also want to ensure that anybody who is doing anything at all, who is trading, artisans, mechanics; we are able to support them.
“The reason is that when you look at the way government operates in the past; when you look at the government budget, it focuses on the middle-class, those who have industries and manufacturing plants, and those kinds of people.
“But the majority are at a very low level, doing little things. Those are the people that we must first of all (focus on) so that the poorest are able to do better. If the poorest do better, it would be better for all of us.”
Osinbajo noted that the administration’s National Social Investment Programmes were geared towards improving the welfare of ordinary Nigerians.
“The President’s focus has always been on the common man. So, when we came, we decided on a few things to tackle youth unemployment. First, the N-Power programme to engage as many young people who are graduates as possible.
“We started with 200,000, and just this month, we have employed another 300,000. So, in our N-Power programme, we have 500,000 young graduates who are employed in the programme. Now every local government in Nigeria has N-Power graduate.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Osinbajo assured Nigerians that the President Buhari’s administration would deliver free, fair and credible elections next year.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the special adviser on political affairs to the president, Babafemi Ojodu, at the annual Nigeria political parties summit organised by the political parties leadership and policy development centre of the National Institute for a NIPSS, said no individual interest would be allowed to override the nation’s interest.
He said all activities ahead of the 2019 elections must be approached with the highest level of decorum and strict adherence to rules of the game as enshrined in the constitution, the electoral act and indeed the code of conduct which the political parties freely put in place.
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