As the 2023 general election approaches, the International Organization for Food, Housing and Empowerment (IOFSE) has called on emerging leaders at all levels to address the issues of poverty and other forms of deprivation in Nigeria.
IOFSE Executive Director, Ambassador Declan Okwudiri Oguine, gave the advice on Wednesday in Ideato, Imo State, when speaking about the upcoming 2023 general election due to be held on February 25, 2023.
It should be recalled that the National Bureau of Statistics in November 2022 revealed that N133 million Nigerians, representing 63 percent of the population, are multidimensionally poor.
The NBS said the large number of poor people in the country was due to a lack of access to healthcare, education, standard of living, employment and security.
According to the World Bank, Nigeria’s poverty exceeds the global projection and has described the country as the poverty capital of the world.
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Giving more information about the level of poverty in the country and the interventions of the global organization, Chief Oguino, who was flanked by the Country Director and the Director of Operations, said that although they have no interest in partisan politics, IOFSE is purely concerned about the unnecessary unpleasant situation faced by the people of Nigeria, adding that with the enormous human and material resources available in the country, the people of Nigeria have no reason to wallow in poverty and acute suffering as they have been the case in the country for years.
He said that none of the administrations that have governed Nigeria over the years have been able to find a lasting solution to the malaise of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, quality education and others.
However, the IOFSE chief executive acknowledged that there have been laudable attempts by some ministries and agencies in the past and present to address the issues, saying that the efforts have not yielded the expected results.
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For this reason, he stated that despite the campaign promises of the candidates for president, governors and legislators at all levels, the incoming leaders must take the battle to confront poverty and empower the people as the front line.
“What we believe at IOFSE is that ending poverty, which means designing and deploying policies that empower people, to be self-sufficient and able to employ others, must be the main concern of the incoming administration at all levels. .
“This must be seen as an emergency, because almost every other aspect of governance is linked to poverty and deprivation. The deprivation and the pressure that comes with it is one of the main causes of insecurity and crime,” he stated.
The IOFSE Executive Director, who said that the day’s program coincided with the organization’s annual distribution of palliative and empowerment, said that it has become unavoidable to distribute food, shelter materials and money for empowerment to individuals and communities as a way of intervention to alleviate the palpable suffering that is evident everywhere.
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“On yuletide alone, we distributed 650 bags of rice, cooking supplies, and cash for empowerment in this Ideato community alone. We did the same in other parts of Imo state. We have sent many students to top-tier universities in Nigeria and abroad, especially in science and technology, as well as building technical colleges to equip young people with the skills to face the future,” he said.
He also urged the population to go to obtain their Permanent Elector Credential to vote for the candidates of their choice.