The Federal Government says it has set up modalities for the distribution of 2,000 buses as part of efforts to eradicate poverty in Nigeria.
Dr George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs in his speech at the Inter-Ministerial Stakeholders meeting on Poverty Alleviation, said the initiative was part of programmes to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
Dandal Kura Radio recalls that the Federal Government had made the pledge to distribute 2,000 buses to cushion the effects of transportation on Nigerians, following its removal of fuel subsidy.
Akume said the initiative was collaboration between his ministry, the ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies, saying that the distribution of the buses would be through cooperative societies of Nigeria.
He recalled that President Buhari, in his 2019 democracy speech, promised to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty through numerous government initiatives.
The alleviation of poverty in Nigeria has been and always remains a cardinal agenda of the Administration of, President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the need to tackle and eradicate poverty has become even more accentuated in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on the world economy generally.
For her part, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State for Transport while highlighting the importance of the programme, said it would ease transportation challenges among farmers in particular.
In his contribution, Mr Abubakar Jibril, Chairman Federal Director of Cooperatives assured Nigerians that the cooperative platform would follow the structure of the cooperative system operating in Nigeria.
He said the group was also tasked to develop an appropriate model for funds mobilisation for the execution of poverty reduction, job creation and strengthening of Public-Private Partnerships, among other mandates.