President Muhammadu Buhari has complimented the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for pushing fort programmes ahead of him as he was reluctant, says the programmes driven was very successful.
He also said programmes like TraderMoni, MarketMoni, School Feeding Programme and other SIPs have limited poverty and out-of-school pupils in Nigeria since the administration began.
The President spoke on Monday night at the presidential villa in Abuja, when he hosted top Government officials at the breaking of fast.
He said; “When I drive around the country, what upsets me the most is the state of poor people in this country. You see young people, the almajiris with torn clothes and plastic bowls. They are looking basically for what to eat.”
“The question of education is a luxury. I think that the Nigerian elite are failing because I think we should have a programme that will at least guarantee some basic education for people no matter how poor they are.”
“So, I welcome the Vice President’s initiative on feeding in schools. If you check in some of the communities the attendance in schools has improved because a lot children can get at least one good meal a day. But culturally, some elites are merciless; they don’t care about other people.”
“This MarketMoni, I have warned the Vice President that I don’t want him to be mobbed. The way women in the markets move to welcome him.”
“These are very good initiatives, I must admit that they endeared many people to our government. The free meals, the N5,000, (Conditional Cash Transfer), N10,000, (TraderMoni) are fantastic programmes and I must admit that the Vice President did it and they have been very successful,” He added
In addition Prof Osinbajo said that Nigerias will continue to be their brothers keeper and will work together to build a better nation despite the ethnicity and religious beliefs.
He also said; “I think is auspicious that this particular (end of) Ramadan falls at the eve of the new term in office.”
“So, it is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves over the core mandates which is the welfare and security of majority of our people,’’