An internationally acclaimed civil rsociety group, ActionAid has cried out to the Nigeria’s state over the growing poverty level in the country despite her exit from recession
The chairman of the governing board of the group, Patricia Donli, made this known in Abuja after the organization concluded her Annual General Meeting held recently.
In an address as rendered with theme “State of the Nigerian Nation,” Donli stated that the poverty level in the Nigeria has worsened to the extent that she is described as the country with the highest population of peopl living in extreme poverty.
“In 2016, the prevalence of people living below the poverty line ranged between 54 per cent -60 per cent but today, 82 million Nigerians are living below the poverty line of 1.9 dollars a day,”.
This development according to Donli, regarding the level of poverty,has placed Nigeria as number 187 out of 190 countries.
Mrs Donli said the population of people living in extreme poverty will reduce before the end of the policy timeline of 2020 if the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) policy is thoroughly implemented.
“Not discarding the efforts of government in the areas of improving the economy and security, we believe that much more can be done to make Nigeria better and safer for the citizens,” she said.
The Action aid boss declares that education at all levels had recorded noticeable decline threatening the sustainability of our human capital development as well as reduced the level of poverty.
While calling on the federal government to accelerate the implementation of the 2018 budget, already passed, to achieve timely release of funds.
The group pointed out on the need for the National Assembly to carry out its constitutional responsibility of oversight towards ensuring that the budget translates to improved welfare for nationals.
She went on calling on the executive to respect the democratic rule of separation of powers and to grant equal respect and regard to other arms of government while applauding the financial autonomy granted the legislature and more, urged that similar autonomy be accorded the local government system .