I Won't Allow Poverty Thrive Under My Watch – Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu

The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu has declared that poverty is not a shameful thing but it is unacceptable in Nigeria under his leadership.

Tinubu made this known when speaking on Wednesday at the 55th International Conference, Exhibition and Emerald Anniversary of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, with the theme, ‘Sustainable HR, Business and National Development.’

He said, ‘I am reminded of the crucial role that human resources play in shaping the destiny of our nation. Our collective vision must transcend the ordinary, and today, I wish to share with you a vision that centres on transforming Nigeria into a nation of creators and builders, ensuring a prosperous Nigeria for us and future generations to come.

‘As I have said repeatedly, poverty is not a shameful thing – but it is an unacceptable thing. Therefore, my vision for the Nigerian workforce is one where every citizen who wishes to be, is gainfully employed and able to take care of themselves and their family. Together, keying into this vision, we will banish poverty.’

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The President, who was represented by Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkiru Onyejiocha, noted that in the face of global challenges, his administration was committed to steering Nigeria towards self-reliance and reducing dependency on others.

We envision an unprecedented level of industrial activity, marked by the establishment of unique industrial hubs tailored to the strengths of each region in our great nation.

‘Our commitment to ending poverty is deeply intertwined with our focus on economic growth and job creation. We recognise that sustainable development can only be achieved by fostering an environment where job opportunities abound, ensuring food security, and eradicating poverty,’ Tinubu stated.

Commenting on the roles of HR practitioners, Tinubu said it was crucial in moulding, and effectively managing people to become catalysts for economic resurgence in an increasingly competitive and changing world.

On his part, the President and Chairman of Council, CIPM, Olusegun Mojeed, noted that now more than ever, HR was charged with the responsibility of shaping a progressive organisation and nation.

Africa Today News, New York

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