A Global Citizen to End Extreme Poverty, Ambassador Victor Asije, has reminded the Federal, state and local governments of the urgent need to evolve workable measures to end extreme poverty in Nigeria.
Global Citizen is a platform dedicated to achieving the end of extreme poverty powered by a community of millions of Global Citizens, who strongly believe in one world, one people – where everyone has an equal chance to thrive.
Asije, in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday, also called on more Nigerian philanthropists, well-meaning individuals, the private sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to urgently begin to rededicate themselves to ending extreme poverty in Nigeria.
The Global Citizen, who said that he was not unaware of governments past and current efforts at reducing poverty, added that millions of Nigerians are increasingly grappling with extreme poverty.
“Because we at the Global Citizen strongly believes in one world, one people – where everyone has an equal chance to thrive, I am drawing our governments’ attention to the current menace of extreme poverty in and around Nigerians.
“I do know that extreme poverty, like every other human challenge, is global; but I am humbly appealing to our governments to be selfless in ending extreme poverty in this country just as governments in other countries of the world are also currently being called to do.
“As governments, some of us know and should know the dehumanising effects of extreme poverty. Extreme poverty slows down personal and national development, retards, stunts, blinds, disappoints, deforms, provokes anger, crime, rudeness, disobedience, misdirection, cluelessness, misunderstanding and other emotional and psychosocial problems.” he said.
According to Asije, extreme poverty is the most severe type of poverty, defined by the United Nations as “a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information.”
The International Society of Diplomats (ISD) Special Emissary on Media to Nigeria said that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBA), in its November 2022 report, revealed that 133 million Nigerians were “multi-dimensionally poor”.
“In that report, the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) said that 63 percent of Nigerians were poor due to a lack of access to health, education, living standards, employment and security.
“A UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in World (SOFI) report in the same year, found out that the prevalence of hunger is highest in Africa. And when you talk of Africa, you are technically referring to Nigeria” he said.
The envoy said that it has become vitally important and urgent for Nigerian governments at all levels, the private sector, individuals and civil society organisations (CSOs) to become selfless, and work cooperatively to end extreme poverty in the country.
“As elected representatives, I want you to know that there are people in your country, states, constituencies, councils and communities, that in this very minute, are in extreme poverty.
“This should prick our consciences to take immediate actions to end extreme poverty, and make life liveable for these other millions of Nigerians.
“Our Creator, Jesus Christ, is daily reminding us all of the need to be our sincere brothers and sisters’ keepers in these words ‘Verily I say unto you inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me,” Asije said.
The Global Citizen said that Nigeria had had silo-bunkered human development polices and programmes, adding that some of the successive governments’ policies and programmes failed because of policy summersaults.
Asije said that government should be a continuum that should sustain and improve on local, state and Federal development polices and programmes to enhance the overall wellbeing being of every Nigerian..…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>