By Victoria Ojeme
ABUJA — Senior Special Assistant to the President and National Coordinator of National Poverty Eradication Programme,NAPEP, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, has said that the country was yet to come up with a good and adequate policy to eradicate poverty in Nigeria.
Dr. Kpakol stated this on the occasion of the 2010 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty IDEP held in Abuja.
He said that “we really don’t have programmes that can fight poverty, this means that we are not serious to fight poverty”.
Kpakol further said that the provision of good roads, power and other infrastructural facilities in the country was the only way to bring down poverty rate in the country because these would lead to creation of jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.
Also speaking, the minister of Labour and productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, said that his ministry had established a data bank for the unemployed in Nigeria as part of its efforts to create decent jobs for its citizenry.
He said these would provide the necessary data for the design and implementation of policy that would make for a sustainable project implementation in the fight against the scourge of poverty.
“We recognise that the majority of the victims of poverty are the youths, the Nigerian Youths must be adequately skilled to compete favourably with their counterparts all over the world if we are to realise our development dreams as a strong economy by the year 20,2020”, he said.
He maintained that “Nigerians must acquire the skill that are competitive and recognisable anywhere for any meaningful growth to take place and provide decent jobs for themselves and bridge the gap between us and the so- called developed economies.