Buhari Inaugurates Committee To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty, Boost Development


President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Steering Committee to oversee Nigeria’s Agenda 2050.

The committee is to ensure that the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) succeeds the Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020.

The team will be jointly chaired by Mr Atedo Peterside and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

Part of the task before the group is to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.

“The main objectives of these Successor Plans are to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years, particularly given the World Bank’s projection that Nigeria will become the world’s third most populous country by 2050 with over 400 million people,” President Buhari said.


For Buhari, it had become necessary to develop successor plans to the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 and the ERGP, which will lapse in December, to ensure continuity and efficiency in the country’s development planning.

On the mandate of the members, President Buhari said it would oversee governance structure comprising the Central Working Group and 26 Technical Working Groups for the important national assignment.

“It is my expectation that the Steering Committee will oversee the execution of key deliverables, including recommending measures to ensure the continuous implementation of the Plans even after the expiration of the tenure of successive Administrations – including legislation, if required.


“Such legislation may introduce much-needed rigour and discipline to the nation’s development planning as well as institutionalise planned outcomes for the future. I trust that our partners in the National Assembly will support us in exploring these reforms,” he said.

While asking members not to lose sight Nigeria’s role globally, President Buhari said the Successor Plans must, therefore, be designed to sustain national development, support regional and global strategic interests, as outlined in the African Union Agenda 2063, the ECOWAS Integration Agenda 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Elevated Extreme Poverty To Persist Through 2021 – World Bank


Global economic growth could rebound next year — but the number of people living in extreme poverty is expected to remain unchanged after a huge surge this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank warned Tuesday.

The projection came after the Washington-based development lender said Monday the pandemic could drive between 70 and 100 million people into extreme poverty in 2020 as the global economy faces its worst recession in 80 years.

Before the pandemic, extreme poverty — defined as living on $1.90 per day — had been decreasing.

The bank expects growth to rebound by four percent in 2021.

But the countries with the highest shares of the world’s extremely poor are not projected to grow faster than their population, meaning that extreme poverty will remain at the elevated 2020 levels through 2021.

“Nigeria, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo — three countries which we project are home to more than a third of the world’s poor — are predicted to have per-capita growth rates in real GDP of –0.8 percent, 2.1 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively,” the World Bank said in a blog.

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“With population growth rates of 2.6 percent, 1.0 percent and 3.1 percent, this is hardly enough for sustainable decreases in the poverty headcount.”

The bank warned “South Asia may see a larger increase in the number of poor as a result of COVID-19,” particularly in India.

Of the 176 million people expected to be pushed below the $3.20 per-day poverty line, two-thirds are in South Asia.


Pandemic Puts Up To 86 Million Children At Risk Of Poverty – Study

Children sit on the ground as they hold their containers filled with porridge received during a breakfast distribution for children by the non-profit organisation and charity group “Hunger has no Religion”, at an underprivileged area, in Westbury suburb, in Johannesburg, on May 23, 2020.


The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic could push as many as 86 million more children into poverty by the end of 2020, a joint study by Save the Children and UNICEF showed Wednesday.

That would bring the total number of children affected by poverty worldwide to 672 million, an increase of 15 per cent over last year, the two aid agencies said in a statement.

Nearly two-thirds of those children overall live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

But the pandemic-driven increase is expected to occur mainly in Europe and Central Asia, according to the study, which is based on World Bank and International Monetary Fund projections and population data from some 100 countries.

“The scale and depth of financial hardship among families threatens to roll back years of progress in reducing child poverty and to leave children deprived of essential services,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore is quoted as saying in the statement.

With immediate and decisive action, “we can prevent and contain the pandemic threat facing the poorest countries and some of the most vulnerable children,” added Save the Children head Inger Ashing.

They are “highly vulnerable to even short periods of hunger and malnutrition — potentially affecting them for their whole life,” she warns in the statement.

The two organizations call on governments to rapidly expand their social security systems and school feeding to limit the effects of the pandemic.

82.9 Million Nigerians Live In Poverty – NBS

Nigeria has one of the highest poverty rates in the world.
Nigeria has one of the highest poverty rates in the world.


The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday said 40.1 per cent of Nigerians live in poverty.

The bureau said over 82.9 million people in the country earn below the poverty benchmark of N137,430 per year.

The data, contained in the NBS’ Nigerian Living Standard Survey report, was gathered between September 2018 and October 2019.

“In Nigeria 40.1 per cent of the total population were classified as poor,” the NBS report said. “In other words, on average, four out of 10 individuals in Nigeria have real per capita expenditures below N137,430 per year.

“This translates to over 82.9 million Nigerians who are considered poor by national standards. It is important to note that this number excludes the state of Borno.”

FG Committed To Taking 100 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty – Malami

A file photo of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.


The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) says the Federal Government remains committed to taking millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

Malami said this on Tuesday at the distribution of microloans to 1,500 women and youths in Kebbi State organised by the National Directorate of Employment.

According to him, the singular action of empowering Nigerians with macro loans for boosting small scale business activities demonstrates the government’s efforts in that regard.

Speaking further, the minister also noted that achieving economically productive, socially responsible and culturally viable womenfolk requires systematic and consistent efforts, as women constitute a critical sector and essential component to reckon with for any meaningful national development.

The AGF said he was optimistic that the microloan given would boost business activities in the area especially in view of the forthcoming Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festivals.

According to him, in addition to facilitating job creation through the establishment of new ministries, departments and agencies, the Federal Government is committed to massive employment of teaming Nigerian populace in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies including security and
paramilitary sectors.

While congratulating the beneficiaries of the scheme, Malami urged them to make judicious use of the funds provided.

You Can’t Be Happy When 87 Percent Of Nigeria’s Poverty Is In The North – Sanusi


The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, has decried the high level of poverty in the Northern region of the country, stressing that such status is a cause for concern for its leaders.

Sanusi who spoke at an event marking the 60th birthday of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said the north leads other regions with 87 per cent of people living in poverty.

“The truth is nobody who is a leader in northern Nigeria today can afford to be happy. You cannot be happy with 87 per cent of the poverty in Nigeria being in the North. You cannot be happy with millions of northern children out of school.

“You can’t be happy with nine states in the north contributing 50 per cent of the entire malnutrition burden in the country. You can’t be happy with the drug problem, you can’t be happy with the Boko Haram problem,” he said.

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, speaks on the poverty situation in the north.While wishing El-Rufai a happy birthday, Sanusi noted that he doesn’t expect the governor to be happy considering the numerous problems facing the zone.

According to him, the issues of political thuggery during elections, the Almajiri children among others also disturb leaders.

Speaking further, he said: “Because of the problem of northern Nigeria, it’s almost a cliché to say that if you are a governor or leader in the North and if you are seen as normal in the sense that you continue to do what your predecessors are doing which has been normalized, then there is something wrong with you,” he said.

Pope Francis Calls For End To World’s Poverty

Pope Francis speaks as Prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein (L) looks on during an audience with participants in the Course on the Internal Forum, on March 29, 2019 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican. Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Pope Francis insisted on Wednesday that poverty could be beaten if the world’s rich play a full part in ending inequality as he attended a conference on financial inclusion.

“We are neither condemned to inequality nor to paralysis in the face of injustice. The rich world and a prosperous economy can and must end poverty,” the Argentinian pontiff told participants as he made an unscheduled appearance.

“We must be conscious of all being responsible. If extreme poverty exists amid riches which are also extreme it is because we have allowed a gap to grow to become the largest in history,” said Francis, who has made inequality a central theme of his papacy.

Listening to his address were notably IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Argentine counterpart Martin Guzman.

“People who are poor in indebted countries suffer from strong fiscal pressure and the cutting of social services,” Francis added.

Calling for the “globalisation of hope,” Georgieva responded that “the first task is to put the economy at the service of the people,” highlighting the need to address the issue of “inequality of opportunity.”

The International Monetary Fund head also urged investment in people and education. But she also stressed the need to prioritise the environment as “none of the economic challenges we face today will be important in 20 years if we do not today confront the challenge of climate change.”


Nigeria Can’t Win Terrorism War Without Tackling Poverty, Illiteracy – Atiku

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has highlighted poverty and illiteracy as parts of the major challenges Nigeria must tackle urgently.

Following his repeated calls on the Federal Government to give special attention to the menace, Atiku believes this would go a long way in addressing the issue of insecurity and other problems bevelling the nation.

In his New Year message on Tuesday, the elder statesman observed that the rate of insecurity would reduce in the country if poverty was addressed, with a special focus on the war against insurgency in the North East.

“The problems of extreme poverty and scant investments in education play huge roles in fuelling the problems of violent extremism that we spent the past decade contending with.

“We cannot win the fight against terrorism if we do nothing to reduce or eliminate poverty and illiteracy.

“The reality of this new decade requires us to recalibrate our approaches and to pursue some tough choices. If failure is not an option, then we must let go of our egos and conveniences,” the PDP candidate said.

According to him, the New Year will require Nigerians to stay together more than ever before to take on, head front, the common enemy of insecurity.

Atiku said he does not share what he described as the sentiment that the outgone 2019 was a successful year for Nigerians.

He stated, “The bitter truth is that Nigeria is still in the throes of economic instability, with more people losing jobs and the attendant outcome of more children being out of school and more families having hard time in accessing basic needs of life.”

The former vice president, therefore, called on the Muhammadu Buhari administration to review its economic policies and improve the situation.

He also stressed the need for a deliberate effort to improve the material wellbeing of the people by lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty into prosperity.

Mauritania Sets Aside $550m For The Poor

Mauritania ranks among the poorest countries in the world despite rich deposits of gold, iron and copper. 


Mauritania’s president has pledged the equivalent of 500 million euros ($550 million) to fight poverty ahead of a key state anniversary, after coming to power four months ago on vows to help the poor.

In remarks broadcast on the eve of Thursday’s independence celebrations, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani said the sum, which will be allocated over five years, would fund a specialised anti-poverty agency.

The former general took office in August, in the first transition of power between two elected leaders in the West African state’s history.

He swept to a first-round victory in elections on June 22 on pledges to strengthen the military and attack poverty.

Mauritania ranks among the poorest countries in the world despite rich deposits of gold, iron and copper.

On top of the money for the anti-poverty agency, Ghazouani promised the government would offer “free legal assistance” to the destitute in Wednesday evening’s broadcast.

About 33 percent of Mauritanians lived below the poverty line of $1.90 (1.7 euros) a day in 2014, according to the World Bank, compared to 44.5 percent in 2008.

But poverty remains endemic in the capital Nouakchott, the bank said, and women and children are marginalised.

Vast and mostly desert, the conservative nation has suffered a string of military coups in its history, with the latest occurring in 2008.

The leader of the 2008 putsch, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, won elections in 2009 and again in 2014, and was suspected by opposition leaders of wanting to stay for a third term.

However, he decided instead to pass the baton to his longtime ally Ghazouani.

Annual festivities commemorating Mauritanian self-rule take place in a different place each year.

Thursday’s celebration — marking 59 years of independence — was held in Akjoujt, a gold-rich town in the west of the country which is also the birthplace of Aziz.

Aziz was notably absent, however. He and Ghazouani are rumoured to have fallen out.

Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi — the ex-president deposed in the 2008 coup — was present.



VIDEO: Sanusi Weeps, Narrates How Sick Child Died In Mother’s Arms Over $5


The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, shed tears on Thursday as he decries the alarming rate of inequalities in the country.

According to him, the inequalities in society have caused so much hardship with the poor paying the ultimate sacrifice.

The traditional ruler made the submission as he gave an emotional address at a United Nations meeting to reach Sustainable Development Goals in Lagos.

He sobbed as narrated an unfortunate situation where a mother could not save her sick child, despite being close to getting help.

The traditional ruler weeps as he decries the rate of poverty in the country.



Sanusi told the gathering at the event that on that fateful day, the woman had walked to the palace from a children’s hospital located just about 200 metres.

According to him, he heard a very loud scream and asked someone to check what happened while the person who came back with tears in his eyes.

The emir said the baby died in the mother’s arms while she was waiting for her turn to ask for money to buy the drug to save her child.

“And how much was this? It was less than five dollars,” an emotional Sanusi said.

He added, “This is what happens every day in this country. Children die because their parents cannot afford five dollars, that a mother will watch her child die because she does not have five dollars.”

Senate Vows To Tackle Unemployment, Poverty, Other Challenges

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, speaks during plenary in the Senate Chamber in Abuja on September 27, 2019.



The Senate has resolved to tackle youth unemployment, poverty, and reform of the educational sector, among other challenges facing the country.

The lawmakers made the resolution on Thursday in the Red Chamber following the adoption of the Legislative Agenda for the Ninth Senate.

They vowed to channel their energy towards strengthening Basic and Technical Education by enhancing oversight on the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Act.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, pledged that the upper chamber of the National Assembly would work to reduce the number of out-of-school children across the country.

“Today, the education sector suffers a lot,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Assistant on Press, Ezrel Tabiowo.

The Senate President added, “The 11 million or 12 million children out of school – we owe them that responsibility to do something about them, and that is taking us back to the implementation of the Basic Education Act.

“How do we ensure that we reduce and eliminate the number of out-of-school children on our street? Whatever name we have to give that programme, we have to do something and government has to take responsibility.”

Senate President Lawan also noted that the government, at the federal and state levels, would have to create some funds to employ and train more teachers.

He gave assurance that the lawmakers, on their part, would work assiduously to implement its legislative agenda.

The Senate President said, “This legislative agenda is particularly ours. We represent the people, we know their feelings, and we imagine that the legislative perspectives we have here may be slightly different from the executive perspective.

“But at the same time, we are going to serve the same people, and that is where the need for us to come together and to reconcile our thinking on taking Nigeria to the next level will be.”

Buhari Calls For Action Against Xenophobia, Abject Poverty At UNGA (Full Speech)

President Muhammadu Buhari gives his speech at 74th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States on September 24, 2019.



President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday addressed world leaders at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In his address, the President called for strong action against xenophobia, racism, and abject poverty.

He also expressed concern about climate change which forced thousands to protest across the world, as well as terrorism and other forms of threat to life.

President Buhari gave his address after his counterparts in Brazil, the United States, Egypt, and Turkey, mounted the podium.

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Read the President’s full speech at the meeting below:


Firstly, I wish to thank the General Assembly for the honour bestowed on the Government and people of Nigeria by electing our national, His Excellency, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande @BandeTijjani to the Presidency of the 74th Session of this august body.

This is indeed a great honour to our country! Nigerians are truly grateful and shall endeavour to live up to the expectations and responsibilities thrust upon us.

Ambassador Muhammad-Bande is an experienced and seasoned diplomat and I am confident that he will prove to the International Community his suitability for this most demanding assignment.

Let me also offer my sincere thanks to the outgoing President, Her Excellency Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, for her skill, resourcefulness and endless reservoir of patience in piloting the 73rd General Assembly.

In the same vein, may I commend the Secretary General, His Excellency @antonioguterres, for his tremendous energy, his genuine international outlook exhibited by his leadership of the United Nations.

Your Excellencies, Delegates,

The theme of the current General Assembly is: “Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.”

These are the prime areas calling for collective action which will benefit national and global interests.

Today, the world is at a critical juncture. This year marks the first anniversary of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

This year also marks the 100 years of the founding of the League of Nations, leading eventually to the establishment of the United Nations as part of the post-World War II international order.

Article 1(4) of the UN Charter called for “harmonising the actions of nations in the attainment of common ends”. These common ends include:

  1. International peace & security;
  2. Prosperity & social justice;
  3. Respect for human dignity; &
  4. Protection of the environment.


Multilateralism symbolised by the UN system, has brought immense benefits to the people of the world. It has saved lives, prevented wars, restored peace and stability as well as generated economic and social progress in many countries.

Mr President, Your Excellencies,

We must admit that as the world grows richer, there are regrettable signals in the World Economic and Political Order. Millions in Africa and around the world remain in abject poverty.

Furthermore, we are witnessing a backlash against multilateralism in the shape of rising tide of racism, xenophobia, resurgent nationalism, populism and tendencies towards protectionism and unilateralism. The pristine principles of the United Nations appear threatened.

On cessation of hostilities after World War II,the United States in one of the greatest selfless undertakings in history, decided to revive Europe through the Marshall Plan & uplift and restore Japan economically. This generous policy catalysed a great economic revival globally.

This action of the United States not only benefitted Europe and Japan but the United States as well through vastly improved trade and cross investments.

The United States and Europe have become friends and allies since the end of the war. The United States and Japan have also become friends and allies. This example can be replicated with respect to Africa.

A developed Africa will not be antagonistic to industrialised countries but will become friends and partners in prosperity, security and development.

A prosperous Africa will mean greater prosperity for the rest of the world. A poor Africa will be a drag on the rest of the world. Is this what the international community wants?

A coordinated multilateral effort should be set in motion to utilise and maximise the use of the enormous resources on the African continent for the benefit of all nations. Investing partners will be able to recoup their investments manifold over time.

Current attempts to help develop Africa by industrial countries are un-coordinated and plainly incremental. We have the skills, the manpower and the natural resources, but in many instances, we lack the capital – hence my plea for industrial countries to take a long-term view of Africa. We request you to come and partner with us to develop the continent for the benefit of all.

Africa charges you with the singular task of initiating the effort we are calling for. The United Nations has in place processes for promoting collective action to combat global threats. No threat is more potent than poverty and exclusion.

They are the foul source from which common criminality, insurgency, cross border crimes, human trafficking and its terrible consequences draw their inspiration.

Poverty in all its manifestations, remains one of the greatest challenges facing our world. Its eradication is an indispensable requirement for achieving sustainable development.

In this regard, Nigeria has developed a National Social Investment Programme @NSIP_NG – a pro-poor scheme that targets the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country.

Under this initiative easy, access to financial services are facilitated to our traders, artisans, market women and co-operative societies. This type of initiative can help lessen and eventually eliminate mass poverty in Africa.

At the core of our efforts to build an inclusive society, our programmes are focused on youth and women empowerment. These programmes aim at ensuring women and youth participation in governance, industry, climate action and agriculture.


On the international scene, Mr President, the United Nations has new opportunities to take the lead on issues that continue to cloud the prospects for international peace and prosperity, namely;

  1. The rights of the Palestinian people to have their own country free of occupation. The international community has spoken from Resolution 242 of 1967 to the present day on the rights of the Palestinian people to have and live in peace in their own land;
  2. The risks associated with nuclear proliferation;
  3. Unfair and unjust trading practices notwithstanding the World Trade Organisation Rules and Precepts;
  4. The looming danger of climate change


On climate change Nigeria stands resolutely with the international community in observing agreed carbon emission targets which I signed in 2015.

We have since issued two sovereign Green Bonds and have added an additional 1 million hectares of forested land taking our total forest coverage to 6.7% through collective national effort.

As we advocate & strive for inclusion within our societies, we must also ensure inclusion prevails in our collective action as members of International Community. That is why we support the expansion of the Security Council to reflect the diversity & dynamics of the 21st Century.


Mr President, Your Excellencies,

From Asia to the Middle East, Africa to South America, violence and the threat of conflict continue to blight the lives of too many people.

Our own country is no exception. Nigeria is a nation of nearly 200 million people of diverse groups.

Our diversity is our source of strength which is why in the elections this year, our people backed the politics of tolerance, inclusion and community over the politics of protest and division.

Our election promises emphasised political stability, freedom and prosperity, tackling poverty, schooling our young and providing them with the tools to build better lives. We are placing special emphasis on the role of women in our female gender advancement programmes.

Our progress and delivery are deliberate, purposeful and measured. We clearly appreciate there are no quick fixes to complex challenges.

In particular, the challenge of education in Africa is enormous. On December 3rd 2018, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 73/25 that proclaimed 24 January of every year as International Day of Education.

The Resolution which was spearheaded by Nigeria and co-sponsored by 58 other member states marked a watershed in the recognition of the fundamental role of education in building modern societies.

To ensure access to education for all, our Government has introduced the Home Grown Feeding Programme @NHGSFP to address the challenge of out-of-school and forced-out-of-school children.

This social intervention programme, Mr President, is aimed at encouraging increased school enrolment through provision of free school meals. The benefits extend beyond the school environment.

In addition, we have introduced mainstreaming and implementation of Safe Schools Declaration laws and policies across all educational institutions in Nigeria.

Mr President, Your Excellencies,

The world was shocked and startled by the massacre in New Zealand by a lone gunman taking the lives of 50 worshippers.

This and similar crimes which have been fuelled by social media networks risk seeping into the fabric of an emerging digital culture.

Major tech companies must be alive to their responsibilities. They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to loss of many lives.

This could tear some countries apart.

Organised criminal networks, often acting with impunity across international borders present new challenges where only collective action can deliver genuine results.

This is true in the battle against violent extremism, against trafficking in people and drugs and against corruption and money laundering.

The present Nigerian government is facing the challenges of corruption head-on. We are giving notice to international criminal groups by the vigorous prosecution of the P&ID scam attempting to cheat Nigeria of billions of dollars.

Mr President, Your Excellencies,

As a young man, as a soldier, I witnessed at first hand the terrible legacy of destruction and broken lives that conflict leaves in its wake.

As the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War approaches, I wish to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by so many millions across the globe in defence of freedom, tolerance and the rule of law.

In Nigeria, we have made significant strides to put our own house in order. We will work tirelessly to uphold due process. The rule of law remains the permanent, unchanging foundation of the world order.

Freedom, tolerance and the rule of law are universal values and underline the best that this General Assembly represents. And that binds us all.

Mr. President,

I will conclude my remarks by reaffirming Nigeria’s commitment to promoting international peace and security and sustainable development.

We are also committed to strengthening partnerships and cooperation with international and regional organisations for the benefit of humanity.

I thank you.