The Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has on Friday 9th July, 2021, said that the federal government was going to use commonsense strategy in lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty. ayokinews.com reports
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made this known while speaking at the National Steering Committee of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy at the Presidential Villa, on Friday in Abuja.
It should be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, had on June 22nd, 2021, innaugurated a committee with the task of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
The Vice President noted that “In order not to make this merely another of those high-sounding committees that eventually achieve nothing, we have to be very intentional about our objectives and how to achieve them.
“I really want us to approach this as much as possible, commonsensically, so that we are able to resolve all the issues and focus on the real progress.
“I want us to look beyond all of what we are going to be doing, there is going to be a considerable amount of paper work, but a lot of common sense is what grows economies.
“It is what other countries have done, not really reinventing the wheel. So, I want us to focus on those commonsensical things so that we can actually move forward.
“Countries that have managed to get out of poverty have created a lot of jobs through industries, and they have developed intentional strategies.
“We must look at what others have done, the smart things that other people have done, and adopt.
“We really have to think smartly about how we are funding agriculture.
“I think we really need to take a deep dive because governments have made several efforts at poverty alleviation but generally speaking, they have not yielded the sort of results they should yield.
“And I think it is because there is a lot of focus on documentation and paperwork and very few commonsense approaches,” VP Osinbajo said.