Minna - Purposeful leadership and meaningful projects will enable Niger State to record the least percentage in poverty level by 2015, Gov. Babangida Aliyu has said.
He made the remark on Sunday when he met with the state PDP executives.
According to him, the recent placement of the state by the National Bureau of Statistics as the state with the lowest poverty index in the country would spur him to higher performance.
Aliyu said the state government had blocked all leakages in government’s coffers to achieve the success in the execution of its projects aimed at poverty reduction.
He pledged to do better so that the poverty level would drop to 3 per cent by 2015.
Aliyu noted that the state had also been adjudged to have the least poverty index in 2010 by the bureau.
The governor said further that the bureau's 2012 report also showed that the state had improved the living standard of more citizens hitherto affected by poverty.
He said the state had also been adjudged the "best performing state in the execution of MDGs projects" for its people by the federal authorities.
Aliyu noted that Niger, alongside Adamawa, had recently been adjudged having the best public schools in the country.
He explained that the success of the state government was equally the success of the PDP, as it was the party’s manifestoes that elected political officer holders were seeking to implement.
The governor urged the party to listen to all criticisms in order to make amends.
Earlier, the state PDP chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahman Enagi commended the governor for the recent rating of Niger as the state with the lowest poverty rate.