Poverty in Nigeria: Between Alleviation and Eradication

Abimbola Akosile and Ebere Nwiro examine the current gloomy poverty scenario in Nigeria, with focus on the government’s alleviation programme against the global call for eradication

Someone once insisted that poverty, in whatever form, can never be alleviated in Nigeria, much less eradicated. Shoving the first global Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on poverty aside, the fellow declared that as long as corruption thrives in the country, where billionaires take delight in keeping a retinue of poverty-stricken personnel at their beck and call, then poverty will be a constant factor.
He asserted that as long as insincere leaders get into power through whatever means, and as long as the people remain docile in the face of official looting, then poverty cannot be alleviated; a factor which the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) may beg to differ to.

MDG on Poverty… – http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/poverty-in-nigeria-between-alleviation-and-eradication/137986/

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