Buhari: I’m Laying Foundation To Make 100m Nigerians Exit Poverty In 10 Years

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has promised to kick-start an economic healing process that will take 100 million Nigerians from poverty to prosperity in the next 10 years.

Buhari disclosed this in his opening speech at the inaugural June 12, Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday in Abuja.

The President said that his administration would ensure rapid and positive growth in the economy to move Nigeria away from poverty.

“Our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow by 2.7 per cent this year.

“Our external reserve have risen to 45 billion dollars enough to finance over nine months of current equal commitments.

“This administration has laid a foundation of taking bold steps in transforming our country and delivering our people from shackles of poverty.

“First we will take steps in integrating the rural economy to national economic grade by extending access to input to rural farmers as well as credit to rural micro businesses and opening up many critical feeder roads.

“Secondly, all small scale enterprises in towns and cities would share facilities currently available so that we can continue to encourage and support domestic production of basic goods to improve our lives,’’ he said.

The president added that in the next four years his administration would remain positive to improve the lives of people by consolidating on efforts to address many issues.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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