Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, says the Federal Government has spent a total of $5 billion to fight poverty in the country since 2016.
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The minister said this during the presentation of letters of engagement and electronic tablets to 248 monitors of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) programme in Adamawa State over the weekend, Lindaikejisblog reports.
Farouq, who was represented at the event by the National Coordinator of NSIP, Umar Bindir, said President Muhammadu Buhari has since 2016 backed his pledge to pull out 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, by committing $1 billion yearly through the NSIP to reduce poverty and inequality.
She also described as factual the data referenced in the President’s Democracy Day address, which said 7.5million people had been pulled out of poverty.
“I am happy to report to you that every year since 2016, when NSIP was flagged off, Mr President has approved that $1bn be invested into that sector every year (which when aggregated is over $5bn)” she said.