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FG Working To Reduce Hardship Of 100 Million Nigerians, Says Minister

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Minister of State, Budget, and National Planning, Clem Agba has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is working to reduce the levels of hardship of 100 million Nigerians in the country.

He said this on Monday while speaking at the opening of a capacity building workshop for Special Advisers and Technical Assistants of Ministers organized in Abuja.

Agba said that the Federal Government was disturbed about the number of Nigerians living below poverty levels, stressing that the Federal Government’s new Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025 is targeted at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

According to him, the plan which will be launched in October with an i-monitoring system that will also be introduced in government websites.

The Minister also said it will put in place strategies to tackle Nigeria’s increasing population growth.

He said, “As you may be aware, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017-2020) and Nigeria Vision 20: 2020 (NV20:2020) lapsed in December 2020, necessitating the need to develop successor Plans.

“Namely, the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2021-2025 and Nigeria Agenda 2050, to replace the outgone plans respectively.

“The Plans are anchored on the Government’s desire to address the prevalence of poverty by lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

“The country will hit the 411 million mark and become the third most populous country in the world by 2050, after China and India.

“These plans will ensure economic stability, national development and good governance.”