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Published On: Fri, Sep 25th, 2020

Expert says more Nigerians are drifting towards poverty

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

An expert on Social Protection, Mohammed Kabir, has averred that more people are falling into poverty in Nigeria with a poverty escape rate of 4.3.
He stated this during a presentation titled: “Making The Case for Social Protection – Why Invest in it?” at a 3-day training for members of Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition, (KADSPAC) organized by Save the Children International (SCI), in kaduna yesterday.
The expert said countries that invest their Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in Social Protection have developed economy resilience and prevents further decline into poverty, as it provides efficient economic stimulus, among others.
According to him, without Social Protection Policies put in place, a country will fall into poverty.
He outlined some of the multidimensional impacts of social protection to include; poverty reduction, human capital development, by investing in children’s brain.
Others are; Livelihoods, risk management, and economic resilience.
Similarly, the State Team Lead of SCI, Tanko Muhammed, said the training is to acquaint partners particularly the media which plays a vital role at ensuring that the activities of SCI is spread in such a way that citizens properly understand what Social Protection (SP) is all about.
He said SCI would be creating more awareness so that people buy into it and also gain ownership of Social Protection programme.
Tanko Muhammed explained that SP has multidimensional impacts, because a poor person is vulnerable to all issues cuts across all strata of life.
The State Team Lead commended the Mal. Nasir El-Rufai led administration in the state, saying part of what the governor is driving at is to see that education is free and a must for every child in the state.
“This is what the governor has achieved through the Home Grown school feeding programme because experience showed that those schools that started the programme has astronomical increase in enrolment and retention of pupils,” he said.

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