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Security expert urges FG to tackle poverty, unemployment, insecurity

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An Ibadan-based security expert, Mr. Seyi Alaba, has urged the government to address poverty, wants and unemployment to tackle insecurity in the country, warning that the challenge will keep escalating if the government fails to address the menace.

Alaba, who is the President of Rotary Club of Ibadan, Jericho Metro, maintained that there was a correlation between poverty and security.

He stated this during the third food outreach for some less-privileged people organised by the club at Agodi, Yidi, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

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Alaba said: “The purpose of this monthly outreach is borne out of the economic situation. We felt that in our little way, whatever we can do to affect lives we should do it. We started something like this when Nigeria clocked 60.

“We discovered that a lot of people could not even afford a bottle of drink. So, we organised people together to celebrate with us.

“After that, we got a sponsor and partner from the United States (U.S.) who is a citizen of Ibadan. They felt that they have been doing this abroad and they could do it in Nigeria. They looked for a reputable organisation to link up with the people.

“So, we started with feeding 100 people. Second time, we did like 150 but today we are feeding 300 people. This is the third edition and the number keeps increasing. We started in January. We are looking at having it once a month.

“When the economy is very bad, its end result is poverty, which will breed insecurity. When people lack financial empowerment, it will increase criminal thinking and behaviour. Such an environment and society cannot be safe and secure. If you look at it, there is a correlation between insecurity and poverty. If the economy is buoyant and stable, there is no need for people to engage in criminal behaviour. There won’t be anxiety and tension.

“I know the government is trying through Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) interventions. Government should look at making our economy stable. They should create more jobs and be very sincere about all economic policies. If they do those things, gradually, the problem of insecurity will be solved. If they can’t do that, people will engage in criminal activities.”

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