Oxfam International says by the year 2030, 25 percent of the world’s extreme poor will live in Nigeria, and the country may not be able to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr Constant Tchona, Oxfam International Country Director made the disclosure at the organization’s Programme Quality Review and Planning meeting in Abuja.
According to him, no fewer than 94,470,535 million people in Nigeria live below extreme poverty line, according to the latest World Poverty Clock report.
“The number of people that live below extreme poverty level as at April was 91,501,377, making Nigeria the World Capital of Poverty. As if that was not bad enough, at the moment, six months later, the number has jumped up to 94,470,535 people.”
“What this means is that we have added 2,969,158 people more into extreme poverty. By comparison, this number is more than the population of Gambia and Cape Verde combined.”
He therefore stressed the need to improve public accountability and citizen’s engagement through Open Government process and also brainstorm on new organizational model that will improve the country for good.
“We have to look at at the country’s program and review them in such a way that will improve the standard of living of the people. While at the same time design programmatic priorities for the country’s operational plan.”
The Country Director also stressed on the need to bring about positive change in all facet of the economy.
“There is need to engage and build movement for change, we need to strengthen the interaction between active citizens and governments. We need to open up governance to the ordinary citizens such that they believe that government exist to meet their needs, concerns, and demands and not to serve self.”