Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has lamented the high rate of poverty in the country noting that the Coronavirus outbreak has made Nigerians poorer.
While speaking during the first year ministerial performance review retreat on Tuesday, September 8, Osinbajo charged Ministers to expedite action on the N2.3 trillion stimulus package designed to mitigate the effect of economic crisis.
He said the team are already in Day 67 since the plan adding that nothing is going to happen by magic except by ensuring that the needed measures and efforts are put in place.
Osinbajo, who emphasised the need to keep measuring their achievements and do the needful said poverty situation and the economic distortions deepen.
He also talked about the mass agriculture programme targeted at engaging many farmers.
The Vice President added that the team has enumerated at least 4 million farmers, particularly farmers who are tied to their lands with the geostatistics that shows where their land is located
According to Osinbajo, with each state contributing acreage for farming, the federal government will be able to do significant numbers to engage as many Nigerians as possible.
He noted that the expected outcome for agriculture is an additional 4 million jobs and even more jobs along the value chain adding that the team will be looking at developing rural roads to reduce post-harvest losses.
Speaking on the mass housing programme, Osinbajo explained that the government would build 300,000 homes across the country and would ensure that their prices did not exceed N2m.
He disclosed that there is an ongoing mass housing programme embarked upon by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing the one under the Family Homes Fund.
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