Multidimensional poverty is a risk to state capacity and effectiveness if left unchallenged: Obi


Peter Obi, the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, has warned that failure to address Nigeria’s growing multidimensional poverty will damage the capacity and effectiveness of the state and thus throw economic and social policies into disarray.

Obi revealed this in a statement on Thursday night while reacting to Nigeria’s recent Multidimensional Poverty Report.

He said it is time to end politics as usual, time to disband the army of greedy and selfish politicians in Abuja and elect those who are connected to the people.

Obi stated that the trend of multidimensional poverty, if not stopped immediately, will damage the capacity and effectiveness of the state and thus disrupt economic and social policies that will reverse the trend in the future.

  • “Rural part of Nigeria is trapped in extreme poverty; we are leaving our children miserable and uneducated. 27% of school-age children do not attend school and are poor; 29 percent of all school-age children are out of school and 94 percent of out-of-school children are very poor.
  • “The multidimensional poverty index is the best reflection of the failure of governance in the country, despite generating trillions in oil revenue, despite borrowing trillions of naira for infrastructure development,” he said.

He added that almost half of Nigerians are poor and close to two thirds of Nigerians do not have access to basic sanitation, access to basic education, lack basic nutrition and do not visit hospitals.

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  • “This is a terrible disgrace and disservice to a country with our tremendous natural and human resources. The political economy of this report should be made clear to all Nigerian voters because what it simply means is that the government is not working.
  • “It means that the State is working for a few, and not for all the citizens of the country. It means that the future is dire for all Nigerians, young or old, rich or poor.
  • “Unless the situation is stopped, with a population estimated at 400 million in the next 28 years, Nigeria would become a security risk for all of sub-Saharan Africa.

Not Shocking Government Policy: He warned that Nigeria still would not have been able to reduce its poverty rate by any percentage because this administration’s policy has no impact on poverty and urged that now is the time to end policy as usual, the time to dissolve the army of greedy and selfish politicians in Abuja and elect those who are connected with the people and those who share the pains and deprivation of the working and unemployed youth.

  • “We can end multidimensional poverty in less than a decade. Let’s do it together, let’s end corruption and incompetence with our votes,” he is stressed.

For the record: The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that 63% of people living in Nigeria (133 million people) are multidimensionally poor.

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  • 65% of the poor (86 million people) live in the north, while 35% (almost 47 million) live in the south. Poverty levels between states vary significantly, with multidimensional poverty incidence ranging from a low of 27% in Ondo to a high of 91% in Sokoto.
  • More than half of Nigeria’s population is multidimensionally poor and cooks with dung, wood or charcoal, instead of clean energy. Large deficiencies also appeared at the national level in sanitation, time for medical attention, food insecurity and housing.



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