Federal Government Blames State Governors For Rising Poverty
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on November 30, 2022
The Federal Government has said state governors were partly responsible for the rising rate of poverty nationwide.
The Federal Government blamed the state chief executives for prioritising the construction of heavy pieces of infrastructure such as bridges and airports in cities rather than improving the lives of the rural poor.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, made this assertion while briefing State House correspondents shortly after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Agba, who noted that 72 percent of the nation’s poor reside in rural communities, said the governors had abandoned the critical demography, preferring to spend state resources on the capital cities instead.
Citing the findings of a recent survey he conducted across the 109 senatorial districts nationwide, the Minister said Sokoto state ranked the highest on the poverty scale, followed by the oil-rich state of Bayelsa.
He urged state governors to channel their resources into providing “food, nutrition, housing and clothing for our people before we begin to think of how to go to the moon and begin to build flyovers and airports in the state capital.