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SDGs forum tasks FG on alignment national plan with poverty index

By Tina Abeku, Abuja
15 November 2022   |   6:00 am
As President Muhammadu Buhari gets set to launch the result of the Multidimensional Poverty Index, (MPI), today amidst concerns about growing poverty, economic experts at the High-Level Forum on the Social Development Goals, (SDGs), have called on the federal government to align its national plan and interventions with multi-dimensional poverty index.

L-R: Sadiq Usman, Director, Flour Mills Nigeria; Rushman Murtaza, Deputy Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Sola Afolayan, National Coordinator, Multidimensional Poverty Index; Semiu Adeniran, Statistician-General of the Federation; Yosola Akinbi, National Coordinator, Core Working Group on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on ‘Multidimensional Poverty’ organised by the High-Level Forum on SDGs on the sidelines of Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

As President Muhammadu Buhari gets set to launch the result of the Multidimensional Poverty Index, (MPI), today amidst concerns about growing poverty, economic experts at the High-Level Forum on the Social Development Goals, (SDGs), have called on the federal government to align its national plan and interventions with multi-dimensional poverty index.

Speaking during a special panel session at the ongoing 28th Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG 28), yesterday in Abuja, the experts said for Nigeria to make headway in reducing poverty for its teaming population, the multidimensional poverty index must be critically looked into and aligned with policies of the government that can impact and uplift the living conditions of Nigerians.

They said government intervention planning can be made more effective and result-driven when guided by verifiable statistics of where efforts should be deployed on targeted interventions.

Stressing the importance of data to planning for grassroots projects and programs, Statistician General of the federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS), Mr. Adeyemi Adeniran, noted that the National Poverty Index, (NPI), has played very key roles in major pro-poor interventions.

Adeniran added “the NPI will also help the government to unify the MDAs to work together to address all the issues in different sectors such as the gender inequality index, and the proportion of youths under poverty and complement money ventures,” thus allowing the government to key into relating sectors through aligning the statistics.

Director, of Flour Mills Nigeria, Sadiq Usman, linked multi-dimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia/Ukrainian war, which he said has affected global markets and commodities and resulted to food insecurity.

He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through the creation of economic opportunities for people through skills and the adoption of a private center approach to creating job opportunities.

Earlier, the panel moderator and National Coordinator for the MPI, under the National Social Insurance Project, office of the Vice President, Sola Afolayan, pointed out that the objective of the session is to highlight some of the results of the MPI and to proffer solutions on the use of data taking into consideration that a lot of data is being collected in Nigeria.

She said “We have what we call the data demand and use strategy which is meant to use by the legislative and executive arms of government, the private sector as well as international organizations.

“You see a lot of these international partners come to Nigeria to work and if their work is not coordinated and guided by credible data, they go addressing different issues but if they have data, then everyone can come around and understand what to do.”