Eradicate poverty in your nations, Osinbajo to African leaders

Eradicate poverty in your nations, Osinbajo to African leaders

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on African leaders to focus on eradicating poverty and inequality as the global community elaborates new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking at a side event hosted by the President of Ghana, Mr John Mahama, within the ongoing African Union meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

Osinbajo, who led the Nigerian delegation to the AU’s 27th Ordinary Session said: “The problems are so obvious that however we describe the programme, we really must do something and something urgently. African visa-free passport launched In Nigeria, in the current budget cycle we have the largest social protection programme in the history of the country. It’s a 500 billion Naira programme (worth over $2.5bn as at the time budget was signed). Basically we are looking at lifting many out of poverty, of course many are familiar with the size of the Nigerian state and we have close to hundred and ten million people who are poor and about two-tenth are in extreme poverty.

“It is a very huge problem and part of what we are trying to do is to look at how not just to empower people but also to ensure that what they are given is sustainable. For the women, we are doing a programme, micro-credit programme for a million market women and artisans. All would be given facilities, training facilities as well to enable them to be able to do some work for themselves and to continue to be able to live. And we think that giving this micro-credit loan to women is to make sure that they handle money better and do a much better work on the whole. In the case of Conditional Cash Transfer, again we are handing these to women. ”

He added that “We are giving (this to) another million, to the poorest of the poor. READ ALSO: State of the nation: Afenifere clashes with Osinbajo In determining who the poorest is, we had problems on that, but we have very good assistance from the World Bank and the Bill Gates Foundation. They helped in trying to map the really poor. We had to get inside the communities looking for the poorest of the poor with the small sum of money (about N5000) which would be given to the poorest every month, which may enable them feed themselves and find something that they may do and on the condition that they send their children to school and participate in immunisation. So we are really excited about some of the works we are trying to do around the SDGs and we are hopeful that we’ll be able to get the Social Protection Programme working.

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