Almost a month after the
"The fact is that two-thirds of the world's extreme poor are concentrated in just five countries -
"If you add another five countries --
President Jonathan, however, said in his address to Nigerian workers at the
"The challenge of the country is not poverty, but redistribution of wealth," the President said.
He said the realities on ground did not portray the country as a poor nation, but one which abundant wealth that needed to be evenly redistributed among its populace.
The President said his administration was working to put policies in place to ensure that Nigerians had access to financial resources to create wealth for themselves.
During his recent state visit to
"The number of private jets that landed in
"If you talk about ownership of private jets,
According to the President, there are some Nigerians who need help and they are given a certain amount of money and they would not even regard it important to say thank you.
He said if the same Nigerian were to travel to other countries and give such an amount to others, they would celebrate him forever.
"Probably wealth is concentrated in very a few hands and a number of people do not have access to it, and that is why my administration is committed to ensuring the creation of wealth, in terms of financial inclusiveness, and we are working very hard to achieve this."
Specifically, he noted that in the agriculture sector, government introduced the electronic wallet system for farmers in rural areas to provide them access to income through affordable bank facilities.
Equally, he said government was also moving agriculture from just a rural development programme to wealth creation and major business programme, adding that government had taken pro-active steps and policies to stabilise power supply in the country to enable small and medium-scale enterprises thrive.
The key commitment of government, he noted, was to ensure that many Nigerians have access to finance so that they would be able to create wealth for themselves.
The President, who said there could be political undertones in the processes of ratings by international bodies and global rating agencies, said many countries were downgraded economically in the past few months, including some African countries for some political considerations.
He said despite explanations by
The President said the justification given for the BB-minus rating of the country's economy was based on the forthcoming elections, which has resulted in in-fighting among politicians and its attendant effect on the economy.
He assured that with the support of Nigerians and in particular, the organised labour,
"We must collectively move this country to where we want to go. Government is working with labour leaders and workers of this country to create wealth. We will sure move this country to where we want to go," he said.
On the on-going National Conference, he stated that it was not a personal agenda, but meant to evolve a roadmap that would redefine
Describing the conference as a roadmap for
"What we want is a
The President noted that the overall interest of the country informed the nominations of many representatives of the organised labour, civil society organisations and youth organizations to the conference.
"The conference is to redefine
He expressed the believe that at the end of the conference, if the resolutions are agreed by everybody, he would be able to work with the
All what the country wants is to agree on those things that are common and useful for the country.
The Minister of Labour,
Urging labour unions to have faith in the Jonathan administration as it continued to implement policies and plans for national emancipation, the Minister said the administration had ensured and would continue to ensure that the voice of labour was heard.
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