Zainab Ahmed, the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, on Monday January 7th, restated Federal Government’s plan to pull one hundred million (100million) Nigerians out of poverty this year 2020, in line with the statement earlier made by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The minister revealed this during an interview programme on NTA, she said;
“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that we must pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and that is our major focus. Based on the president’s directives, we want to move fast to make the kind of change the president wanted in the country.
“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.
“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 very small businesses. This is because we believe that is where the economy needs to really grow and stabilize from.” she said
Last year, the World Poverty clock revealed that 91,885,874 Nigerians now live in extreme poverty (less than $1.9 or N693.5 per day). Also, in June 2018, the World Poverty Clock declared Nigeria the Poverty Capital Of The World with its statistics showing that 87 million people in Nigeria live in poverty.