By Jummai Ahmadu
Today in Nigeria there is a malaise of poverty which has resulted in the problem of insecurity faced today. The twin problem of illiteracy caused by excessive poverty has bedeviled and hampered the development of our country. According to the statistics and data reported and disclosed by the world health organisation, the countries in the rub saharan Africa are mostly hit by this malaise and if this countries do not take major step in arresting this problem it has a spiral effects that can stunt the development of the sub region particularly Nigeria which is presently facing the problem of the BOKO HARAM insurgency and the farmers and herders clash.
The peace, tranquility and survival of a nation is tied to the way the government implements programme of action to bring down the level of poverty and in the process reduced the numbers of willing youths and adult who are the basic tools used in insurgent activities. Nigeria do not have any business with poverty due to the abundant natural and material resources placed at its disposal by providence. The proponents of this insurgent act used poverty which is a direct ingredients of illiteracy as a basic weapon to blackmail their adherents into submission. A HUNGRY MAN IS AN ANGRY MAN so says an African adage which explain why most people submit to the proposition of this insurgent masters. The government in particularly have a critical and pivotal role to play in reducing to the barrest minimum the effects of poverty among its citizens. A well fed nation is a peaceful nation. Our Agricultural policies must be reviewed and strengthened to give it the required impetus to serve the purpose of its formulation. Our people need to be educated on their roles in this fight against poverty and insurgency. Insurgency has caused our country dearly both in terms of life lost and material resources. Budgetary allocations meant for the wellbeing of citizen are being appropriated for military hardware as security votes to the detriment of other sectors of the economy like education, health care, agricultural imputs and the growth of infrastructural facilities.
The road to peace and stability of our country depends on what we as a people and our government do to end insecurity through the eradication of poverty. Enough budgetary provision must be made to reduce the rate of poverty as a deliberate policy. Nigeria has arable lands fertile enough to feed her teaming population. We shall only get it right when our governments get the policy framework right and also when the rightness of this policies are achieved the implementation agencies and institution must see it as a call to duty to help the government achieve its set objectives.
The nations parliaments must as a matter of urgency deliberately make good laws free from political considerations to make us succeed in the twin battle of the total eradication of poverty and insurgency. The National Orientation Agency have a critical role to play in educating Nigerians on the need to go back to the farms in the short term to ameliorate their present sufferings instead of waiting for the governments who are facing the problem of shortages in oil revenue accruals to the three tiers of governments. The call by the president for our economy to be diversified must be supported by all.
when our economy is diversified the governments and other tiers of government will have enough revenue accruable to it to carry out programmes to enhance the quality of living of our people. The infrastural deficit being experienced in our country will be adequately attended to improve growth and development in its physicality .As stakeholders in our country’s development effort we must all remember that the present trends in insurgent attack witnessed in our country is the resultant effect of our past irresponsible leadership who decimated our national patrimony on white elephant project to the detriment of our people. We must come together urgently to hold our leaders accountable in the provision of basic growth and poverty reduction projects. We must as a priority vote only persons who see the urgent need for investment on education, agriculture, health, employment and security into responsible position of authority. We need to fund basic infrastructural needs of disadvantaged zone regardless of political consideration as insurgent acts anywhere in our country affects all. Finally, The present trend of poverty and insurgency ravaging our country is a direct indictment of us all and our government present and past. We need to change our ways by fighting poverty and illiteracy for the peace of our nation.
Dr (Mrs) Jummai Ahmadu sent this piece from Abuja