President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will step up efforts to ensure rapid economic growth in the country.
Speaking at a meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) in Abuja on Tuesday, Bukhari said the administrative policy of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is a deliberate effort that will be pursued resolutely.
In a statement by Garbe Shehu, the presidential spokesman, after a council meeting attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said the country required a poverty reduction strategy that would lead to “rapid, sustainable, sustainable and inclusive economic growth”.
“I was shocked to hear from you that of the huge resources of agricultural land available to the state, only two percent are irrigated,” Bukhari said.
“We will make the best use of the land. Thanks for shaking us up. We are awake now; we won’t take a nap anymore. We didn’t just run into this; we believe it is something we can achieve. “
During his speech, Doyin Salami, chairman of the PEAC, welcomed the country’s exit from the recession, but warned that the strength of economic growth must be guided in such a way that it will surpass population growth.
“Poverty is not just a lack of money; it is defined by the lack of access to shelter, health, education and jobs that everyone has to deal with, ”he said.
“We consolidate on the achievements of the past and avoid past mistakes; it is the first time that everyone has been involved – the federal government, states, the private sector, development partners and civil society. Poverty reduction must not be left to the federal government alone; it is everyone’s responsibility. “