President Buhari has promised to ensure rapid economic growth in Nigeria, as he said his administration’s policy of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is a deliberate effort that will be pursued with determination.
He made this known while speaking at a meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) in Abuja.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, after the council’s meeting which was also attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said the country requires a poverty reduction strategy that will usher in “rapid, sustained, sustainable and inclusive economic growth”.
“I was shocked, hearing from you that of the vast agricultural land resources available to the nation, only two percent of it is under irrigation,” Buhari said.
“We will make the best use of the land. Thank you for shaking us up. We are now awake; we will not doze off again. We didn’t just bump into this; we believe it is something we can deliver on.”