By Ayo Ajayi
“Over the next four years, we are committed to assembling a strong team of Nigerians, and allies, to implement our transformative plans and proposals. We will see significant, focus, resource and, where necessary, reform in tertiary and technical education to reposition Nigeria’s workforce for the modern technological age.”
These were the words of President Muhammadu Buhari in his speech, at the 2019 National Democracy Day (June 12), held at the Eagle Square, Abuja yesterday.
President Buhari also promised that his administration would continue to work, to reduce social and economic inequality through targeted social investment programmes, education, technology and improved information.
His words, “Our social intervention programmes are a model for other nations. Together with state governments, we provide millions of school children with meals in primary schools, microloans to traders and entrepreneurs, skills and knowledge acquisition support to graduates and of course, conditional cash transfers to the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.”
A database of poor and vulnerable households, he said, is being carefully built based on age, gender, disability, educational levels for proper planning in this Administration’s war against poverty.
“A database of unemployed but qualified youth has also been developed under the National Social Investment Programme which can be used by the public and private sectors for recruitment purposes. Cumulatively, nearly 2 million beneficiaries have received aid under this Programme apart from Anchors Borrowers Programme and School Feeding initiative each reaching 2 million recipients. And we will do more. Much more.
He seized the opportunity to express his sincere gratitude to the entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists who have built or are building agro-processing projects; petrochemical plants; crude oil and solid mineral refineries; energy exploration; software development projects; telecom infrastructure; health, education and manufacturing projects; and the like, across our country.