President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to sustaining social safety nets, particularly for the poor and most vulnerable citizens in Nigeria.
Buhari who is attending the 35th Assembly of the Africa Union Heads of Authority and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa, on Friday, said access to education and opportunities in Information Communication Technology ICT will also be expanded.
He spoke at the virtual official presentation of the Country Review Report of Nigeria to the 31st Africa Peer Review Forum of the African Union.
He said, “Your Excellencies, Nigeria’s strategic focus, as we set out to achieve the objectives of the African Union Agenda 2063, has been around the following: Building a thriving and sustainable economy; Enhancing social inclusion and alleviating poverty; Enlarging agricultural output for food security and sufficiency; Attaining energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products.
“Expanding transport and other infrastructural development, business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialization; Access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity, social cohesion and security; and building a system that fights corruption and improves governance.
“Nigeria remains resolutely committed to achieving these set goals despite the challenges that the report highlighted, including the COVID 19 pandemic. The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria remains committed to providing social safety nets for the poor and most vulnerable in our society, while also taking advantage of the huge opportunities offered by the information and technology sector”.
He said Nigeria remains committed and dedicated to the African Peer Review mechanism, having acceded to it since 2003.