Buhari’s priority remains the common man – Osinbajo
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated that the
priority of President Muhammadu Buhari remained the
common man as evidenced by the successes recorded in
the social investment schemes and its planned expansion.
Osinbajo stated this in Bauchi while commissioning a Micro
Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Shared Facility for
soap and groundnut oil making clusters, the launch of a
rural electrification project and other projects executed by
the state government.
The MSMEs Shared Facility project is an initiative of the
Federal Government under the National MSMEs Clinic in
partnership with state governments to provide equipment
and other facilities in clusters for use by individual MSMEs
who are not able to acquire such equipment and facilities.
Osinbaji interacting with women beneficiaries of
FG’s Social Intervention Schemes in Bauchi
According to Prof. Osinbajo, “President Muhammadu Buhari
has always been committed to the welfare of the common
man and that is why one of the major programmes of the
Federal Government is the Social Investment Programmes.
“All of the schemes – the N-Power, the School Feeding
Programme, the Conditional Transfers, the other GEEP
schemes and the MSMEs clinic, are the President’s own
way of saying that the first priority of our government is
the common man – those who cannot take care of
themselves or those who are struggling very hard to do
Speaking specifically on the impact of the Federal
Government’s SIPs in Bauchi state, the Vice President said,
the state government had done well in ensuring that the
people were properly mobilized to participate in all the
schemes hence the impressive figures recorded by the state
in the various components of the SIPs.
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“I recall that when we started the SIPs, the very first state
that efficiently used our portal under the N-Power job
scheme was Bauchi state.
“The state governor made sure that several young men and
women of Bauchi state were able to use the portal and to
the surprise of many, the largest number of persons who
were registered on the portal were from Bauchi state.
“Today, under the N-Power, Bauchi has 13, 075
beneficiaries, 972 under N-Build. Under the Homegrown
School Feeding Porgramme, 618,124 are fed everyday here
“In addition to that, we have farmers benefiting from our
SIPs. Currently, we have about 9,799 farmers who have
been given micro-credits to support their works. Under the
TraderMoni, Bauchi has one of the largest figures in the
scheme with 39,000 beneficiaries,” he said.
Osinbajo added that 23,000 person in Bauchi had also
benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme
He lauded the launch of the Bauchi Health Contributory
Scheme and the Health Trust Fund, describing it as
“historic and commendable”.
He said the state government had scored an important
point by taking on the responsibility of providing for a
contributory scheme for its citizens and also a health trust
According to him, “modern way of funding health care is by
either creating a contributory scheme or by having in place
a trust fund. The launch of these schemes here in Bauchi is
a landmark development in the social and economic
development of the state.”
Earlier on arrival in Bauchi state, the Vice President
proceeded to Ningi Local Government Area where he
commissioned the Burra electrification project executed by
the state government.
In a short remark, the Vice President commended the state
government for the project, noting that it was in line with
the agenda of the Buahri administration, and assuring the
people of the area and the state of more such infrastructure
projects by the Federal Government.
While in Bauchi, the Vice President also continued his
engagements with Nigerians with a visit to the family of
Mohammed Musa Usman – one of the outstanding MSMEs
identified during the clinic organized in Bauchi in 2018.
Previously a scrap collector, Alhaji Usman now makes Suya
grilling machine using scrap metals and makes belts and
shoes using abandoned tires and currently employs seven