The federal government has assured of its commitment to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had projected in 2019 to take the number of Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
However, Zainab Ahmad, minister of finance, has expressed the president’s desire to see the projection achieved sooner than later.
Ahmad in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), on Monday, from which her responses were quoted and published on the ministry’s twitter handle, said the president is poised to end poverty in the country by providing enabling environment for small businesses to grow.
The tweet said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that we must pull 100m Nigerians out of poverty and that is our major focus”.
Based on the president’s directives, the minister said that the country has to move fast to realise the kind of change Buhari desire.
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“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. The president has directed that we must pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and for all of us ministers, that is our major focus.
“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 the very small businesses. This is because we believe that is where the economy needs to really grow and stabilize from,” she added.