International Day for Eradication of Poverty; Over-dependence on oil identified as cause of increased poverty

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2018 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty today, government at all levels have been blamed for the increasing poverty in Nigeria following their over-dependency on oil and neglecting other sectors of the economy.

Reacting to the 2018 theme “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity,” an elder statesman, Okon Isong who spoke with Planet News said the government has not done enough to create wealth in the country, adding that a conscious effort must be channeled into the elimination of poverty in Nigeria.

According to Isong, rather than depend on oil, state governors should be interested in developing the natural resources accrued to them and create jobs which would engage the people positively.

Our correspondent Bassey Ibiatisuho reports that the former member of Nigeria’s foreign service decried the proposed twenty five thousand new minimum wage by the federal government, saying that such an amount was a prove that government was not ready to tackle poverty in the country and called on the wages of politicians to be reduced in order to increase the minimum wage of workers in the country to meet the current economic reality.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is marked yearly on October 17 to underscore the importance of reaching out to people living in poverty and building an alliance around their priorities with citizens from all backgrounds to end extreme poverty.

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