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Our focus is to take Nigerians out of poverty, Osinbajo says



Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo says the focus of the present administration , is to take Nigerians out of poverty .He said all government’ s programmes and projects were geared towards achieving that objective .

According to a statement on Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Mr . Laolu Akande , the Vice President spoke during a town hall meeting held in Bariga/ Somolu Local Council Development Area , Lagos State to felicitate with Lagosians on the Eid – el -Kabir celebrations on Tuesday ,

Osinbajo said the government was targeting those at the lowest level so that they can do better .

He said , “ I want to emphasise that everything we are doing , our focus , first of all , is to ensure that people are taken out of poverty .

“ Our country is very big ; over 200 million people , many young people coming out every day . Aside from that , we also want to ensure that anybody who is doing anything at all , who is trading, artisans , mechanics ; we are able to support them .

“ The reason is that when you look at the way government operates in the past ; when you look at the government budget , it focuses on the middle -class , those who have industries and manufacturing plants , and those kinds of people .

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“ But the majority are at a very low level , doing little things . Those are the people that we must first of all ( focus on ) so that the poorest are able to do better . If the poorest do better , it would be better for all of us . ”

Osinbajo noted that the administration ’ s National Social Investment Programmes were geared towards improving the welfare of ordinary Nigerians .

“ The President ’ s focus has always been on the common man . So , when we came , we decided on a few things to tackle youth unemployment . First , the N – Power programme to engage as many young people who are graduates as possible .

“ We started with 200 , 000 , and just this month , we have employed another 300 , 000 . So , in our N -Power programme , we have 500 , 000 young graduates who are employed in the programme . Now every local government in Nigeria has N – Power graduate , ” he added .