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Osinbajo seeks NGOs, private sector’s support on Social Investment

AS part of efforts to boost social investment in the country, Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has called on Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, including the private sector to augment government’s efforts in its bid to eradicate poverty through social investment programmes.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Social Development, Maryam Uwais, the Vice President spoke at the 20th anniversary of Diamond Development Initiative, DDI, which was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Tuesday.

The Vice President, while commending donor agencies that have assisted the government in the implementation of its social investment programmes, stressed that the government cannot adequately care for the welfare of all vulnerable Nigerians on its own.

He said: “Working with development partners, technical assistants have really supported the efforts of the social investment programme. The World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, and Gates Foundation, have all really been supportive.

“Beyond that, the government is looking at a social grant –social bond– with a gender component. The government is looking at various ways in which the private sector can support efforts because it cannot be only one source of funding. It has to be us getting together to achieve a comprehensive and multidimensional objective of reducing poverty.”

Ms Uwais commended DDI for its activities, saying the organisation’s efforts showed that social projects can be implemented in small spaces.

Speaking on the government’s efforts to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, Ms Uwais said “this kind of initiative really supports that effort.”

“We like in particular the fact that they are looking at agriculture. A lot of our poorer communities, the underserved, the unserved actually operate in those areas,” she added.

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