Recently, Nigeria overtook India as the country with the highest number of extremely poor people in the world. 

Despite this level of poverty and with many living below $2 per day, the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, believes that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing its best to take Nigerians out of poverty.

He says the government is focusing on the common man, with series of social investment programmes.

Addressing persons at a townhall meeting on Tuesday in Bariga/Somolu LCDA in Lagos State, where he joined in Sallah celebration, Professor Osinbajo said the Federal Government’s  National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) was geared towards improving the welfare of ordinary Nigerians.

At the gathering were All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains in the state, youth groups, state government officials and the LCDA Chairmen of Somolu and Bariga.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, the spokesman for the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said Osinbajo highlighted the need for unity among all Nigerians. 

“The President’s focus has always been on the common man. 

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“So, when we came, we decided on a few things to tackle youth unemployment; first, the N-Power programme to engage as many young people who are graduates as possible.

“We started with 200,000, and just this month, we have employed another 300,000.

“So, in our N-Power programme, we have 500,000 young graduates who are employed in the programme. Now every local government in Nigeria has N-Power graduate," Professor Osinbajo was quoted as saying.

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The Vice President said the Buhari administration would continue to support petty traders and small businesses to ensure that more Nigerians were taken out of poverty.

He listed other interventions as Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), a micro-credit scheme for market women and Trader-Moni for petty traders, of which at least 100,000 would benefit in Lagos and two million across the country.

Osinbajo said that the focus of the Buhari administration was, first of all, to ensure that people were taken out of poverty and provide support to anybody who was doing any menial labour ranging from traders to artisans and mechanics. 

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