Engineers decry rising poverty in Nigeria
• Confers fellowship on 40
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly expand economic opportunities for the citizens, as a pathway to tackling the crippling poverty in the country.
Speaking during the conferment of fellowship on 40 engineers in Abuja, NSE President, Adekunle Mokuolu, said following reports which described Nigeria as having the highest number of extreme poor people in the world, government must prioritise the process of lifting Nigerians out of poverty.
He said: “President Buhari had declared in his speech at the inaugural Democracy Day ceremony on June 12, that with leadership and sense of purpose, the federal government can lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. We believe him. We strongly hold the view that the most potentially devastating insurgence that government needs to fight is the insurgence of poverty and hunger.
“Nigeria was described as having the highest number of extremely poor people in the world in two reports released in 2018, by the Brooklyn Institution, and World Poverty Clock.
“Those Reports were recently corroborated by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she described Nigeria as the ‘poverty capital of the world’ during her visit to the country in March, 2019. The situation seems gloomy.
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