The Nigerian government says poverty reduction and inclusive development have become its pillars and will depend on experts for valuable policy-oriented programmes.
President Muhammadu Buhari was speaking while receiving a report on Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms for Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Development.
The document was presented to him in Abuja by Participants of Executive Course from the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Kuru in Plateau state.
The president observed that in the last one and half years of his administration, the Nigerian economy had experienced some tough times, particularly with the decline in oil revenues, which had some harsh impacts on Nigerians at the grassroots.
“It is also important to note that the economic recession is not the making of this administration, but rather a consequence of bad management of the economy in the past couple of decades. Nor is recession limited to Nigeria there are far, far worse cases than Nigeria,” he said.
The president promised to do a lot to ensure the very poor in society were taken care of.
“It is impossible for this administration to ignore the poor who made great sacrifice to bring us to government. Ours more than any other government in the history of Nigeria, is a people’s government. We therefore must and we will keep faith with the people,” he stated.
The Nigerian leader said he believed in United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, most especially to ending extreme poverty in Nigeria.
The Director General of the Institute, Mr Jonathan Juma told the president that in line with its mandate, “the institute had continued to research into critical strategic issues relating to Nigeria in the context of an ever-changing world.”
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies is one of the highest research based institutions whose aim include mainly, to assist to proffer solutions to Nigeria’s challenges as a nation.