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April 26, 2024

Africa’s Poverty Plague, by Donu Kogbara

Africa’s Poverty Plague, by Donu Kogbara

According to an article in a Bloomberg publication: “The average government expenditure per capita across Africa is approximately $500. These funds go toward servicing a country’s debt, building infrastructures, developing institutions, paying salaries, defense, security, education, healthcare, and social protection programs.

“In France, Norway, and the United States, government expenditure per capita is $24,000, $41,000, and $30,000 respectively.”

According to Patrick Okigbo III, founding partner of Nextier, a multi-competency advisory firm: “Although Nigeria shed the infamous sobriquet, the Poverty Capital of the World, 63 percent of its population (or 133 million people) are multidimensionally poor.

“The situation is worse in rural Nigeria, where 7 out of 10 people are poor. Note that 70 percent of Nigerians live in rural areas. The Northern part of the country is worse off (65 percent of the poor), but the Southern parts are not immune from the problem.

“For instance, the South-Eastern region, performing relatively better in the last survey (2018), is worse today…”

As I have said on many occasions in the past, I don’t understand why ordinary suffering Nigerians are so docile in the face of the chronic injustice that is inflicted on them by uncaring billionaire politicians!

There is absolutely no excuse for the massive gap between rich and poor in this oil-producing country. Why should anyone be struggling to survive at gutter level on a continent that is so blessed with numerous natural resources?

A lot of people blame the Western World – slavery, colonialism, neo imperialism, racism, etc – for the miseries that most Africans endure every day of their wretched existences. I blame us. And I will explain why in some detail at a later date.

In the meantime, if you want to hear an interesting discussion about this topic, you can tune into a Nextier webinar titled THE WAY OUT OF POVERTY. It will take place between 3pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday May lst, which by the way, is a public holiday, so most of us will be free to do non-work things.

Okigbo will be talking to Olushola Afolayan, a Poverty Reduction expert, and they’ll be asking and answering the following questions:

“What are poverty’s multifaceted dimensions in Nigeria? What are the root causes? How is the government collaborating with its partners to address this challenge? Which poverty prevention programmes succeeded or failed, and why? What are the elements of a successful poverty alleviation programme? What are the challenges with creating such a programme? How can an engaged government implement programmes to change our poverty narrative?

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EFCC GETS IT RIGHT THIS TIME

The Chairman of the 

Economic and 

Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, has sworn to follow the prosecution of former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, to its logical conclusion.

In a chat with journalists at the EFCC Headquarters in the Jabi area of Abuja on Tuesday, the anti-graft chairman assured his audience that he would resign as EFCC chairman if Bello is not prosecuted.

He vowed that all those who obstructed the arrest of the former governor would be brought to book.

The EFCC wants to arraign Bello on 19 counts linked to money laundering, breach of trust and misappropriation of N80.2 billion.

Olukoyede sounds genuinely determined to stand firm against those who will no doubt try to derail his efforts to liberate us from grand larcenists. And I salute him for this stance. But I can’t forgive him for being one of Bobrisky’s persecutors; and I hope that he will henceforth continue to concentrate on catching obvious thugs…and leave harmless eccentrics like Bobrisky alone!

WHY ARE THEY SURPRISED?!

Some of the Boko Haram insurgents 

who have surrendered their arms to 

the government and renounced banditry and terrorism happen to be women.

But we are told that attempts to reintegrate them back into society and the communities they come from are not going well because they are finding it difficult to get husbands.

They are having this problem because law-abiding men avoid them.

Hardly surprising, one would think.

 As one village head put it: Men are scared of venturing into romances with them lest they suddenly revert to their violent old ways, slaughter their husbands and flee back into the bush.

What amazes me is that these ex-insurgent females are somewhat taken aback by their zero eligibility for marriage! They even have the audacity to complain about the absence of suitors.

Talk about lack of self-awareness!!!

DONU’S WORLD

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Today, I’ll be following up on last week’s Sweet and Sour column by talking about Bobrisky, the controversial cross-dressing young man who is languishing in a Lagos prison for spraying naira at a party.

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