Buhari Inaugurates Committee To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, inaugurated the National Steering Committee to oversee Nigeria’s Agenda 2050.

The team jointly chaired by Atedo Peterside and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed is to to ensure that the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) succeeds the Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020.

Buhari Inaugurates Committee To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty - Vantage News Nigeria

According to Buhari, the major task before the group is to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.

He said, “The main objectives of these Successor Plans are to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years, particularly given the World Bank’s projection that Nigeria will become the world’s third most populous country by 2050 with over 400 million people.”

Buhari Inaugurates Committee To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty - Vantage News NigeriaBuhari Inaugurates Committee To Lift 100m Nigerians Out Of Poverty - Vantage News Nigeria

The President said that with the Vision 20:2020 set to lapse in December, it is necessary to develop successor plans to ensure continuity in the country’s development planning.

The Committee is mandated to oversee governance structure comprising the Central Working Group and 26 Technical Working Groups for the important national assignment.

Buhari added, “It is my expectation that the Steering Committee will oversee the execution of key deliverables, including recommending measures to ensure the continuous implementation of the Plans even after the expiration of the tenure of successive Administrations – including legislation, if required.

“Such legislation may introduce much-needed rigour and discipline to the nation’s development planning as well as institutionalise planned outcomes for the future. I trust that our partners in the National Assembly will support us in exploring these reforms.”

He called on the committee to develop a plan that must be designed to sustain national development, support regional and global strategic interests, as outlined in the African Union Agenda 2063, the ECOWAS Integration Agenda 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, bearing in mind Nigeria’s role globally.

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