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Osinbajo tackles poverty, unemployment

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo says that the country is on course to effectively reduce poverty and unemployment through its social investment programmes and micro-economic planning.

Prof Osinbajo stated this on Thursday when a delegation of senior officials from the World Bank, led by the World Bank Group Executive Director for Italy, Mr Patrizio Pagano, visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Vice President told the delegation that the Buhari administration was determined to tackle corruption.

“”So we have programmes and initiatives in place that promote accountability, like Treasury Single Account (TSA), and other policies,”

Osinbajo said that the Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes were targeted at ensuring inclusion and taking millions of Nigerians out of poverty, the Vice President added.

On Nigeria’s role in West Africa, the Vice President noted that, “Nigeria is involved in the region security, cooperation, dumping, smuggling of rice and poultry products.”

The World Bank Director, Mr  Patrizio Pagano, commended the Federal Government for its economic reforms, saying that the Bank would fully support the country in achieving sustainable growth.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun said that one of the key projects was the power sector reform programme with the support of the World Bank.

Adeosun noted that the Federal Government was working closely with the World Bank and other partners, saying that the Buhari administration remained determined to reposition the economy.

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