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NAPEP to Slash Poverty Rate 15% by 2015

By on October 29, 2012

The poverty trap has ensnared millions in Nigeria


In respect to current efforts by the Federal Government, the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), has projected that the overall global poverty rate will fall below fifteen per cent by 2015.

This declaration was made by the National Coordinator, National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), Mukhtar Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

He said the development can be attributed to the current efforts by the Federal Government, through its poverty eradication programme.

He disclosed this at the 2012 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty IDEP, with the theme, ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty; Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace.’

He said, “As the transformation agenda of this administration gets underway and with improvements in our Gross Domestic Products (GDP) the expansion of our domestic productivity, we shall achieve significant success in our fights against poverty.

“According to the Secretary-General of United Nation, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the poorest of the world are being left behind, we need to reach out and lift them into our lifeboat. According to Ki-Moon, now is the time for equity, inclusion, sustainability, and women’s empowerment.”

“NAPEP will ensure that the President’s agenda of transformation is carried out to the letter, its ultimate target is the eradication of poverty among Nigerians, and this task will ensure that Nigerians are provided with an inclusive growth as provided by the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) that seeks to provide steady source of income, basic health facilities.”

“Quality education for all children, skills acquisition for our teeming unemployed youths, access to micro-credit facilities for eligible able bodied women and youths as well as stable and affordable power supply to hasten the development of small and medium enterprises that will move the country and our people forward”, Balewa added.

According to the national coordinator, the agency targeted 100,000 benefiting households with school-age children. Through it Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) throughout the federation they will ensure that they are in school.

He said, NAPEP has gone ahead to design programmes that will touch the poorest of the poor, he named, the promise keeper programme, post flood management programme, farmers’ empowerment programme and youth empowerment programme as some of the programmes.

According to the Secretary of Programmes, Aliyu Yahaya Gusau, by 2015 people living in excessive poverty whose income is less than one dollar a day will be doubled to two dollars a day.