How FG Is Providing For The Poor – Vice President Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said that the Muhammadu Buhari led administration has done a whole lot to lift many poor Nigerians out of poverty.
Prof. Osinbajo said this during an event to mark the 2018 International Book and Copyright day on Monday, April 23, when he visited LEA Government Primary School, Life Camp, Abuja, where he read excerpts from a short biography of Nigeria’s first President, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe to the pupils.
In a question and answer session at the event, Osinbjo noted that the federal government’s role is to provide necessary amenities from taxpayers’ money.
According to the Vice President, one of the ways by which the federal government has helped is “that we give them one million of the poorest people in Nigeria N5,000 a month.
“So far we’ve done about 300,000 of such. Along with the World Bank, which is our partner in this project; we identify the poorest households and we give them N5,000 a month. Now there are many poor people, so we can’t do enough because even with one million, and we want to increase that number.”
“The other thing we do we also is to give micro credit loans, which is a small loan to small traders so that they can expand their businesses, pay their children school fees and do more for themselves and for their children. So we try to work hard and provide for the poor, Osinbajo added.
The Vice President however maintained that the government alone cannot provide for the poor because government does not have all of the money.
His words: “We also encourage the private sector to contribute; the big companies also contribute to what we are doing; they also give some money towards helping the poor. Government try to put all that money and help as many as it can so that people are empowered and can fend for themselves to take care of their families.”