President Muhammadu Buhari has again told the world that in 10 years
he would have taken 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

The president stated this in a keynote address at the Nigeria
high-level side event on ‘SDG Integration – Bridging the Policy
Planning – Budgeting Gap for the Achievement of the Sustainable
Development Goals.’

In a statement by one of Buhari's spokesman, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on
Tuesday, Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s developmental priorities.

The side event was held on the margins of the 74th Session of the UN
General Assembly (UNGA74) on Tuesday in New York.

The president said: “It is for this reason that in May this year, we
committed ourselves to lift approximately 100 million Nigerians out of
poverty within a 10-year period.

“This is a national development priority and in line with the
aspirations of the SDGs.

“We have since established an ambitious National Social Investment
Programme (NSIP) targeting the poor and vulnerable members of the
Nigerian population.”

According to the president, through NSIP the administration is
tackling and addressing the root causes of poverty in all its
manifestations.

“For example, the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF) component
is feeding almost 10 million school pupils daily and empowering over
90, 000 local catering staff across the country,” he said.

Buhari also spoke on the need to overcome ad hoc planning for the SDGs.

He explained that it was the government’s genuine desire for
scientific planning and implementation of the SDGs that made Nigeria
commence the process of domestication and customization of the
Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Model in 2017.

“The Nigeria iSDG Model, the report of which we will officially launch
today, will serve as a framework for robust, fact-based policy
analysis, planning, and implementation at all levels of government.

“It is expected to be used as a planning tool to complement existing
ones currently in use at the national, sectoral and sub-national
levels,” the president said.

 

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