Nigeria’s federal government says President Muhammadu Buhari has lifted more Nigerians out of poverty, despite the economic challenges the country faces.

According to the government, the president is still on track to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the end of his administration in 2023.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, said this on Monday in Jalingo, Taraba State, while launching the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP 2.0.

According to him, “Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Administration in 2015, when it inherited a National Poverty Incidence level averaging 70 percent going by National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, the Federal Government has paid more attention in generating solutions to address the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country despite other economic challenges the Administration inherited at the time.

“This informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP, in 2015 as a strategy for poverty reduction and enhancing social inclusion among our people especially the women and disabled in rural areas.

“This NSIP has been acclaimed by many to be the largest and most ambitious social protection programme in Africa, and it is currently attracting many partnerships including even from international development partners.”

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