The federal government is putting the sum of N500 billion into wealth creation and poverty alleviation, Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has said.
Osinbajo featured at the question and answer session of the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), yesterday in Abuja,with the theme: “Transition, Transformation and Sustainable Institutions”.
He said that it was in recognition of the menace of poverty that the Federal Government rolled out the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) aimed at improving capacity and alleviating poverty.
“We started off in 2016 looking at a budget that was crafted differently; all along if you look at the way we have approached economic policies, it has always been the case of top-down approach.
“So, we look at how to improve industry; how to improve manufacturing; we look at how to give loans to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs).
“The N500 billion covers conditional cash transfer to the poorest; one million of the poorest; we work with the World Bank for special coverage to determine the beneficiaries.’’
He said that the federal government targeted 5 million poor people but was hindered by scarce resources.
The vice-president said that 500,000 graduates had been employed under the N-Power scheme which was a part of NSIP for providing jobs to graduates.
He also listed TraderMoni scheme which is a micro-credit scheme aimed at the empowering 2 million petty traders.
According to Osinbajo, one way of checking poverty is to incrementally improve capacity and put money in the hands of the poorest which is what NSIP is doing.
Osinbajo, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said that there was need for strong institutions in order to make justice system effective.
“The government is frequently criticised for not being able to secure convictions; there are those who say the prosecution is not prepared, there are those who say the defence is engaging in dialectic tactics.
“There are those who say the judiciary is slow or the judiciary is compromised; but all of these have to do with our administration of justice system and we are very much a part of it.“There is a sense in which we must accept responsibility for the discipline of lawyers; dialectics is part of our system; so, I think it is beyond government.
“Strong institutions such as the NBA needs to rise to the occasion and it really calls for self-regulation; government is not going to make the laws to change that,’’ he said.
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