President Muhammadu Buhari has formally unveiled extreme measures taken by his administration to alleviate the current economic hardship endured by citizens of Nigeria.
Speaking on Sunday in a national broadcast to mark his one year in office, President Buhari on Sunday said the campaign is by far the most ambitious social protect programme in the country’s history which seek to lift many Nigerians out of poverty and at the same time create opportunities for others to fend for themselves.
Certain policies created by the present administration has been a bedrock in the widespread of financial hardship, and which the President said were “necessary pills to swallow in order to have a better future.”
In his statement, Buhari explained part of his administration’s plans which focuses on making life easier for millions of women, children and other vulnerable beneficiaries.
“In this regard, five hundred billion naira has been appropriated in the 2016 budget for social intervention programmes in five key areas.”
The plan to end hardship in the country also include that of job creation in which the President said there will be job creation opportunities for five thousand teachers and one hundred thousand artisans across the nation.
“5.5 million children are to be provided with nutritious meals through our school feeding programme to improve learning outcomes, as well as enrollment and completion rates.
“The conditional cash transfer scheme will provide financial support for up to one million vulnerable beneficiaries, and complement the enterprise programme which will target up to one million market women; four hundred and sixty thousand artisans; and two hundred thousand agricultural workers, nationwide.
“Finally, through the education grant scheme, we will encourage students studying sciences, technology, engineering and maths, and lay a foundation for human capital development for the next generation.”
In his anniversary speech, President Buhari expresses his hopes and preferences which aim for economic progress. He said:
“It is one year today since our administration came into office. It has been a year of triumph, consolidation, pains and achievements. By age, instinct and experience, my preference is to look forward, to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and rededicate the administration to the task of fixing Nigeria.
“But I believe we can also learn from the obstacles we have overcome and the progress we made thus far, to help strengthen the plans that we have in place to put Nigeria back on the path of progress.”