Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday 9th July during at the inaugural meeting of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Steering Committee held at the Presidential Villain Abuja ,has disclosed that the federal government needs to apply “common sense” to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
The vice-president was appointed to head the poverty reduction committee by President Muhammadu Buhari in June.
Osinbajo said beyond paperwork, common sense is needed to actualize Buhari’s plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, adding that the government should focus on “commonsensical” things to actualize the plan.
“I really want us to approach this as much as possible, commonsensical so that we are able to resolve all the issues and focus on the real progress,” Osinbajo said.
“I want us to look beyond all of what we are going to be doing, there is going to be a considerable amount of paperwork, but a lot of common sense is what grows economies. It’s 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.”
He added that Nigeria must learn from countries that have lifted their citizens out of poverty and adopt similar strategies to realize Buhari’s promise.
“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.
“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, and I think it’s because there is a lot of focus on documentation and paperwork and very little commonsense approaches,” he added.