The Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo is of the opinion that many Nigerians have not felt the impact of the federal government.
Speaking in Lagos at the unveiling of Airtel Touching Lives Season 5 on Saturday night, Osinbajo noted that some Nigerians had benefitted from the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) of the federal government.
He acknowledged that the government was “ still very far from touching the majority of those who need help”.
He commended Airtel for always giving and caring.
“Truly what separates humankind from all other creatures is the capacity for kindness.
“So, I want to thank Segun (Ogunsanya) and his team at Airtel for touching so many lives over the past five years. Listening to each story of the lives that have been touched this evening must remind us of the many others who need our help, our comfort and our kindness. The poor and the vulnerable will always need a voice.”
He revealed that in 2014, he (vice president), Mr. Wale Edun and Prof. Pat Utomi met to write portions of the manifesto for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the three of them had agreed that a fundamental aspect of the party’s plans must be to create a social safety net for the people of the country.
“We are feeding about 9.5 million children in 34 states now across Nigeria in all public schools. We are giving monthly cash to about a million households as part of our conditional cash transfer scheme.
“We have also engaged about 500,000 young men and women who had been unemployed for different periods of time under our N-Power Programme. But we are still very far from touching the majority of those who need help. It is clear that to do so, we need far more resources – to put far more resources behind that program.”
“This is why the work of socially- conscious organizations like Airtel is so vital – bridging the huge gap between what government can do and what is left to be done. So, as you celebrate the fifth year of this program, we congratulate you and pray for all members of the Airtel team and their families that as you have shown such great kindness to so many, you will always find help and kindness.”