In a bid to eradicate poverty among Nigerians, it has been reported that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has revealed plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years would not be based on a business as usual approach, but a very simple, common-sense strategy that would deliver results.
This was reportedly disclosed in a statement by Osinbajo’s spokesman Laolu Akande.
The statement read that, “In order not to make this merely another of those high-sounding committees that eventually achieve nothing, we have to be very intentional about our objectives and how to achieve them.”
Osinbajo stated that, “I really want us to approach this as much as possible, commonsensically, so that we are able to resolve all the issues and focus on the real progress.’
He added that, “It is what other countries have done, not really reinventing the wheel. So, I want us to focus on those commonsensical things so that we can actually move forward.”
Osinbajo disclosed that, “Countries that have managed to get out of poverty have created a lot of jobs through industries, and they have developed intentional strategies. We must look at what others have done, the smart things that other people have done, and adopt.”
He opined that, “We really have to think smartly about how we are funding agriculture. I think we really need to take a deep dive because governments have made several efforts at poverty alleviation but generally speaking, they have not yielded the sort of results they should yield.”
He also said that, “And I think it is because there is a lot of focus on documentation and paperwork and very few common sense approaches.”