The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has revealed the plan of the Federal Government to “pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty” this year.
Zainab Ahmed passed the information across in an interview on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), PM News reports.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that we must pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and that is our major focus. Based on the president’s directives, we want to move fast to make the kind of change the president wanted in the country.
In 2020, we want to move very fast because we realized that going at the steady rate we are doing is not going to make the kind of change that the president has directed must happen.
So, we have to make sure that we are creating more jobs and reducing unemployment, and pulling as many Nigerians as possible out of poverty. And that is the reason why when we did the finance bill, you will find that the bill was largely targeted at making businesses easy for small and very small businesses. This is because we believe that is where the economy needs to really grow and stabilize from.