Hajia Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has said the Federal Government spent over $5bn since 2016 to fight poverty in Nigeria.
She said this during the presentation of letters of engagement and electronic tablets to 248 monitors of the National Social Investment Programme NSIP in Adamawa state during the weekend.
“The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, since 2016 has backed his pledge to pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by committing $1bn through the National Social Investment Programme to reduce poverty and inequality.”
“I am happy to report to you that every year since 2016, when NSIP was flagged off, Mr. President has approved that $1bn be invested into that sector every year which aggregated is over $5bn.”
She also described as factual the data referenced in the President’s Democracy Day address, which said 7.5million people had been pulled out of poverty.
Dr. Umar Bindir, who represented the Minister at the event, said
“President Buhari has since 2016 backed his pledge to pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by committing $1bn through the National Social Investment Programme to reduce poverty and inequality.”