“My government committed to poverty alleviation” – Buhari, at AU summit

Says he’ll prioritise poor, vulnerable Nigerians’ welfare till 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will sustain the provision of social safety nets for the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.

The president, who spoke yesterday, at the virtual official presentation of the ‘Country Review Report of Nigeria’, during the 31st Africa Peer Review Forum of African Union (AU) leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said he would remain committed to protecting and lifting the poor and vulnerable from the poverty cycle till the end of his tenure in 2023.

The Country Review Report of Nigeria to the 31st Africa Peer Review Forum of the African Union, according to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, is titled: ‘Poor and Vulnerable in Nigeria Will Continue to Enjoy Social Safety Nets, Says President Buhari’.

Addressing African leaders, Buhari noted that the poor’s social safety nets would be further sustained, while access to education and opportunities would be expanded.

He promised that he would also take advantage of Information, Communication and Technology, (ICT), to ensure inclusiveness, access and create more opportunities.

The President reiterated that Nigeria had remained a committed and dedicated member of the African Peer Review family, after acceding to the Mechanism in 2003.

He also listed other areas of focus to include: “Expanding transport and other infrastructural development, business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialisation; access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity, social cohesion and security; and, building a system that fights corruption and improves governance”.

According to the President, Nigeria remains committed to achieving the set goals in spite of the challenges that the report highlighted, including the COVID pandemic.

The president said the review exercise was far-reaching, as it touched the various segments of Nigeria’s polity and highlighted the progress recorded since the first peer review.

He also urged other member States to join the forum and present themselves for review, adding that “there are so many lessons that we can all learn together and create the Africa we want”.

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