I will lift 80 million Nigerians out of poverty – Oby Ezekwesili

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The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday said she would work to build and deliver a prosperous Nigeria if elected.

Mrs Ezekwesili, a former Vice-President of World Bank, made the pledge while speaking with journalists in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential candidate spoke on her blueprint to lift 80 million Nigerians out of poverty.

She said the country was blessed with great people, and a country with great potential like Nigeria should not be associated with high poverty rate.

Mrs Ezekwesili explained that the poverty narrative had been predominant owing to the consistent dearth of the leadership to build the right capacities to empower the people.

The candidate identified inequality, infrastructural deficit, high rate of illiteracy and poor economic focus as some of the causes of high poverty rate.

She said Nigeria needs a leader who would tackle all these to build a prosperous nation.

Mrs Ezekwesili said her promise to lift 80million Nigerians out of poverty if elected was not an empty one, as she had a well thought-out plan to achieve it.

Giving details of her blueprint, Mrs Ezekwesili said she would massively invest in human capital development of more educated citizens who would be economically empowered.

She also said she would pursue a robust housing programme to deliver affording homes to most Nigerians in order to increase access.

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