Buhari’s Poverty Alleviation Programme Impacted Two Millon Nigerians In 2022 – Osinbajo
A report presented by the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba says no fewer than two million vulnerable Nigerians have been impacted by projects implemented under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) in 2022.
Laolu Akande, spokesman of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Akande said the NPRGS Steering Committee met at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement said a progress report presented at the meeting chaired by Osinbajo also indicated that 1.6 million smallholder farmers were impacted under the Agriculture for Jobs Plan.
“Besides, 13,000 youths have been trained under a technical and vocational Education and training programme in six states comprising Lagos, Ogun, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, and Nasarawa, while arrangements are underway to provide similar training for 2000 beneficiaries in Edo state,” said the statement.
“Equally, more than 8,000 Nigerians were employed in rural roads construction under the Rural Roads programme which built 40 rural roads in 120 communities, covering about 57.3 km across the country.’’
According to him, the report presented by Agba showed that with the release of N50 billion, programmes that had achieved 100 completion include the Agriculture for Food and Jobs Plan (AFJP), and the Construction of Rural Roads, among others.
“The total number of direct beneficiaries of the implemented programmes currently stands at 1.8 million vulnerable Nigerians and a total of 9,527 Nigerians have also been directly employed through the implementation of the programmes so far. Additionally, at the meeting, the committee approved the sum of N250 billion for the execution of projects for the year 2023,” said the statement.
He said the report showed that projects scheduled for implementation under the NPRGS for the year included the provision of 100,000 homes for low-income earners which would create one million jobs directly and indirectly.
He listed others as the expansion of energy access by providing 1,200 solar street lights in rural communities and six mini-grids for high-capacity productive farming under the Solar Naija Programme.
“Creation of 4.5 million direct and indirect jobs through the Rural Roads programme which targets to connect about 750 rural markets. Provision of N9 billion support for over 1.6 million vulnerable smallholder farmers for the 2023 wet season farming under the Agriculture for Jobs Plan,” the statement explained.
It added, “The expansion of the National Social Register with additional 3 million households.”
The co-chair of the Technical Working Group for the Committee and Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting.
Sule said though implementation had not reached expected levels, efforts were being made to touch each of the targeted 15 areas of implementation.
Sule said the meeting was to review the implementation and update on the spending on the projects so far and approval for 2023 projects for the same scheme.
“Based on what was received from the co-chair of the Technical Working Group, over N50 billion have been spent so far,” the Nasarawa governor explained.
“The performance so far hasn’t reached the level we expected. But nearly every aspect of the 15 areas targeted are being implemented in one way or the other.”
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