Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Minister Sadiya Farouq said the Federal Government spent over $5 billion since 2016 to fight poverty in the country.
Over the weekend, the minister presented letters of engagement and electronic tablets to 248 monitors of the National Social Investment Programme NSIP program in Adamawa state.
The Minister, who was represented at the event by the National Coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme, Dr Umar Bindir, said President Buhari has since 2016 committed $1bn to reducing poverty and inequality in Nigeria by partnering with the National Social Investment Programme.
She also cited as factual the data mentioned in the President’s Democracy Day address, which stated that 7.5 million people had been lifted out of poverty.
She told the audience, "I am pleased to inform you that every year since 2016, when NSIP was launched, Mr President has approved $1bn to be invested in that sector (which aggregated to over $5bn)."