FG reiterates plan to lift 100million Nigerians out of poverty

igeria's high poverty rate, emphasized that the National Social Insurance Programme (NSIP) is one of the federal government's intervention programs intended to help the majority of Nigerians get out of poverty.
President Mohammadu Buhari

The Federal Government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has reiterated its intention to bring 100 million Nigerians out of poverty through a series of intervention programs.

The federal government, through its Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, announced that many Nigerians will benefit from the available national social investment programs over the next ten years

At a one-day training of Independent Monitors on Social Investment Programme held over the weekend in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Abdulkareem Iliyasu, Special Assistant to the Permanent Secretary of FMHADMSM, reaffirmed this.

Iliyasu, who acknowledged Nigeria's high poverty rate, emphasized that the National Social Insurance Programme (NSIP) is one of the federal government's intervention programs intended to help the majority of Nigerians get out of poverty.

In his remarks at the training program, Iliyasu stated

”As we are aware, the level of poverty in Nigeria is so high and this has negatively impacted on our entire lives. Today, we hear of Nigeria being the capital of corruption and it has greatly affected the psyche of our entire behavior.

“We are here today to have a one day training programme for monitors that will assist in collecting information on the implementation of social investment programmes. The NSIP are intervention programmes the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari established to help majority of Nigerians from poverty.

“Federal Government has plans to remove some 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years through these interventions. The desire of the Federal Government to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is informed by the level of poverty that is inherent in the country and that is why the government set up the social investment programme to provide the lead way for people to get out, to empower them so that they can stand on their own, eventually to also become employers of labour so that by that it will gradually remove us from large scale of poverty.”

He explained that for programmes to be successful,

“the government thought it will be proper to have monitors who will put eye and record how the programmes are implemented. The results collated and the information you have supplied will be used by the government to improve on the implementation of the programmes so that it will achieve the goals of which they were set up”.

Dr. George Nwaeke, Permanent Secretary, Special Services Bureau, who spoke on behalf of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, said the Federal Government's main target is to reduce unacceptable levels of poverty and socio-economic insecurity in the country through the NSIP and other related initiatives.

He emphasized that due to a lack of oversight and evaluation, many government initiatives and programs at various levels have failed.

Dr. Nwaeke, who lauded the State Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike, for his efforts in implementing empowerment and economic programs aimed at reducing poverty in the state, expressed regret that Rivers State has not reaped the full benefits of federal government intervention programs, despite the fact that the state has been identified as having a high level of poverty.

“I wish to use this opportunity to congratulate His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike on the various economic empowerment programmes geared towards the upliftment of lives of residents of the state. His Excellency’s humanitarian intervention at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, is one that deserves international acclamation. His Excellency has also complemented the effort of Federal government in the SIP project.

“From available statistics, I observe that about 1.5million people have been captured in the socio insurance register, which is an average of 41.667 for each of the 36 states, or an average of 3% for each state. However, information at our disposal shows that about 228, 428 persons, representing 15% of the total is from Rivers state.

“The above statistics is an indication that the poverty level in Rivers State is 5 times the national average. This is a paradox, in view of the fact that the nation derives its main economic resource from the state and the region. It is therefore necessary that the Federal Government reinvigorates its efforts to ameliorate this identified poverty rate in the state and indeed the entire Niger Delta Region.

“With the worrisome but yet true statistics, it is most regrettable to state that the Federal Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) is entirely managed by the Bank of Industry (BOI) with any recourse of interaction with the Rivers State Government,” Dr Nwaeke stated.

Dr. Nwaeke, on the other hand, urged the forum to take the training seriously and provide appropriate and correct statics to the government, adding,
“there is also the need to interpret your statics properly to enable you give informed advice to government. It is also incumbent on the Federal Government to make optimal use of the statistics supplied to them.”

Dr Maurice Ekwuluo, State Coordinator, Rivers State Operations Coordinating Unit, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office, Abuja, told The AUTHORITY at the program that the federal government had withdrawn the state from participating in its programs.