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FG charged to boost productivity through improved economic policies

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To eradicate poverty and reduce unemployment in the country, the Federal Government has been charged to provide enabling policies for business and build adequate infrastructure to boost productivity and fast-track development.

Former Secretary General, Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), Owei Lakemfa made the call at the 12th Annual Lecture of the Wilson Badejo Foundation held at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.

Delivering a lecture titled “Nigeria, A long prayer searching for an Amen,” Lakemfa said the country is suffering from underdevelopment and is presently home to over 70 million poor people and 13.2million out of school children.

According to him, to get the country out of it self-inflicted problems, the Federal Government must run the economic system in ways that it will tackle the twin problems of poverty and unemployment and ensure the welfare of the people, stressing that the government can only combat pervasive poverty by putting in place social welfare policies. He also called on Nigerians to make politics economically less attractive and reduce cost of governance to keep out desperate and corrupt individuals out of government.Founder of the foundation, Wilson Badejo stressed the need to eradicate poverty in the country and give people hope. The event saw the presentation of the WBF publication titled, “Giving Hope to the Poor.”

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