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Zainab Ahmed

Minister: We’ll pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 2020

In what may be termed the first soothing news of 2020, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Monday reiterated Federal Government’s plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty this year, in line with a pledge earlier made by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
President Buhari at the event

Experts: Federal government’s primitive economics can’t lift 100m out of poverty in 10 years

President Muhammadu Buhari may be among the very few Nigerians with the blood of nationalism running in their veins, but his Democracy Day pledge to lift 100 million citizens out of poverty over the next 10 years appears empirically doubtful going by the realities of the nation’s economic fundamentals.

World Poverty Clock: 93 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty

Over 93 million Nigerians are living in extreme poverty, according to data obtained at the World Poverty Clock, a Vienna, Austria-based data lab

Federal government disburses $22.216 million on Tradermoni, other empowerment schemes

Part of recovered looted funds of late Head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, was expended on various empowerment initiatives of the government, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, disclosed in on Thursday

Poverty: Federal government engages global body to review Nigeria’s ranking

The Federal Government, yesterday, disclosed that it has entered into a discussion with World Data Lab, publisher of the World Poverty Clock, to undertake a review of Nigeria’s poverty statistics, using realistic tools and indices to determine the country’s correct ranking.
EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu said the commission has also recovered more than N251 billion within the three months.

EFCC chief blames corruption for cause of poverty, insecurity in Nigeria

Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has blamed mass poverty and insecurity in Nigeria on corruption.
Abiodun Adedipe

Economist challenges classification of Nigeria as world poverty capital

Nigeria is not the poverty capital of the world, Abiodun Adedipe, an economist and member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, has said.
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Key issues Nigerians set to consider in elections

In Nigeria, it is often said that no figure is verifiable unless it is the price of a barrel of crude oil.

Report: 91 million Nigerians living in extreme poverty

Over 91 million Nigerians are now living in extreme poverty, according to the report of World Poverty Clock, a Vienna, Austria-based data lab.
Muhammadu Buhari

CUPP: Nigeria’s only hope is rejecting Muhammadu Buhari in 2019

The Coalition of Untied Political Parties (CUPP) has released what it described as a New Year message to Nigerians, saying that a new dawn for Nigeria will begin with the rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari at the polls in 2019.
United Nations UN

UN: 600 million people worldwide will start 2019 living in extreme poverty

The United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) says 600 million people globally will start 2019 living in extreme poverty and only 20 million will come out of this situation by the end of the year.
Obiageli Ezekwesili

2019: Oby Ezekwesili pledges equality among Nigerians

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has pledged to foster unity and equality among Nigerians if elected as the president of the country.
Former Nigerian vice-President Atiku Abubakar (R) is congratulated by runners-up Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal (L) and Senate President Bukola Saraki (C) after winning the presidential ticket of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) during the party's national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 7, 2018. Nigeria's main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Abubakar to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term in presidential polls scheduled for February 2019. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Minimum wage: Denial characteristic of Muhammadu Buhari administration – Atiku Abubakar

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), are feeding at public expense.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP publicity secretary

Presidency’s attack on HSBC’s credibility exposes its hypocrisy – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the Presidency of hypocrisy owing to its position on the HSBC’s analysis of the political situation in Nigeria ahead of the 2019 elections.

2019: President Buhari, VP Osinbajo not thinking of re-election now – Presidency

The Presidency has said though President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, have recorded successes in the last two and half years of the administration, still they are focused on improving the lives of the citizen rather than dwelling on 2019 election.

Presidency: 80 million people poor in Nigeria

The Presidency has affirmed that the estimated number of poor people in the country is 80 million with nearly 500,000 of the extremely poor among them now captured in the National Social Register.

Atiku Abubakar: It is doubtful Nigeria has exited recession

Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday said it was doubtful whether Nigeria has indeed exited recession.

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British lawmakers write Commonwealth over killings in Nigeria

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Frank Lampard urges Premier League clubs to help save struggling EFL

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Wolves complete signing of Barcelona star

Wolves have completed the signing of right-back Nelson Semedo from Barcelona in a deal worth around £29m.
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Real Madrid confirm entire first-team squad recorded negative virus tests amid midfielder’s reports

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