FG To Lift Millions Of Nigerians Out Poverty – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed, yesterday said the current administration has strategic plans to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty. The Minister, who disclosed this in a speech at the Kaduna Town Hall Meeting, held in Kaduna, said Federal Government has concluded arrangements to unfold plans to actualize this goal.
“But let me focus on the Administration’s strategy to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty. We plan to do this through six social intervention areas that will greatly impact on the economy as well as on lives.”
At the meeting, which was organised by Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the minister explained that, in line with the plan, 500,000 graduates are to be employed and trained as teachers, 370,000 non-graduates (artisans, technicians) to be trained and employed, and one million people – especially farmers, market women, among others, would be granted loans to set up small businesses.
The minister further stressed that, “Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) would be made available to the most vulnerable people, aside unemployed graduates, as well as School Feeding targeting at 4.5 million school children; and Bursaries/Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students,” he said.
According to him, “Having given this general overview, we will now proceed to the next phase, which is for the Honorable Ministers to give account of their stewardship in their various ministries, after which the panelists will field questions from the audience.
“Let me say that the STAR of this Town Hall Meeting is not any of us the Honorable Ministers but you. It is you we have come here to render account to, and it’s you we want to hear from. I thank you for your kind attention and will now call on the Hon. Minister of Budget and National Planning to make her opening statements. Each Minister has seven (7) minutes to make his or her opening statement,” he said.
Earlier, the minister reminded of the government campaign promises to the people to tackle security, corruption and economic, adding that efforts have deeply been made in these areas.