Nigeria has pledged its commitment to eradicate
poverty through various policies of the Federal
Government to transform the nation’s economy ,
Mr Arnold Jackson, Assistant Director, Nigerian
Export Promotion Council ( NEPC ), stated this while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Eradication of
Poverty’ during the general debate at the 72nd
Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Jackson said: “One of the policies of government to drastically reduce unemployment and by extension
reduce poverty is the N-Power programme, aimed
at engaging 500,000 Nigerian youths.
“The N-Power provides a structure for large scale
and relevant work skills acquisition and
development while linking its core and outcomes to stimulating the larger economy.
“The beneficiaries of the programme will help in
diversifying Nigeria’s economy as well as
actualising economic and strategic aspirations of
achieving food security and self sufficiency.
“No fewer than 150,000 Nigerian young graduates
have already been engaged under the N-Power
Scheme, while the process of engaging the
remaining 350,000 is currently underway”.
According to him, Nigeria is paying special attention
to agricultural development in view of its
importance to employment generation, women
empowerment and poverty eradication.
“Hence, various agricultural schemes have been
initiated to create opportunities for women and
youth, with the aim of supporting them with
necessary infrastructure to attract various levels of gro investments and non-oil export opportunities.
“Some of these schemes include the ‘Green
Initiative’, ‘Zero Oil Plan’, ‘Zero to Export’, ‘One State One Product’, to mention a few.
“Government is committed to ensuring that her
agricultural advantages are further boosted through
technology transfer, export promotion and rural
development, which are fundamentally important for agricultural development in Africa.
“Nigeria would continue to encourage other
countries to grant market access opportunities to
her exportable agricultural and other products,” he
Jackson said it was Nigeria’s firm belief that gender equality and women empowerment would be better
achieved through the eradication of poverty and the implementation of appropriate economic measures.
“This is why a ‘National Social Protection Policy’ is
currently under consideration to address poverty,
vulnerability and inequality in the country.
“The Nigerian government has also intensified
campaign for the Girl Child education in order to
secure their future participation in national
“This effort should be emulated globally to improve
the situation of women in the context of the 2030
“At the global level Nigeria keys into several
initiatives aimed at empowering women and the girl child, such as the ‘She Trades Initiative’ by the
International Trade Centre,” he said.
He said Nigeria rightly acknowledged that
eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions
remained the greatest global challenge and an
indispensible requirement for sustainable
“It is on this premise that Nigeria avows that
international cooperation to combat illicit financial
flows and enhance asset recovery to foster
“This is a practical sincere commitment to
eradicating poverty and by extension ensuring the
attainment of sustainable development,” he said.