The primary objective of forming the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 was to fight poverty among he larger Nigerian population, especially the most vulnerable and the poor.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the weekend at the fifth edition of the Airtel Touching Lives in Lagos.
He said the writers of the party’s manifesto, including himself, decided that APC’s workbook must include a social safety initiative for Nigerians.
Osinbajo recalled that during its formative stage, the APC realised the need for government to support the poor, the weak, the vulnerable and those who cannot work.
The Vice-President said this informed the party’s decision of creating a system that fights poverty, among other things.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the Vice-President noted that “listening to each story of a life touched this evening must remind us of the many others who need our help, our comfort and our kindness. The poor and vulnerable always need a voice”.
The professor of law explained that “social safety nets are not merely acts of sovereign kindness; they are a sovereign obligation, a responsibility”.
In reference to the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) of the Federal Government, Osinbajo said the effort of Airtel was commendable, especially in complementing the work already done by the current administration in tackling poverty.