Sunday, May 28

FG Blames Rising Poverty In Nigeria On State Governors

By Joseph Albert (Umunna TV)

State Governors are responsible for the rising rate of poverty in the country, the Federal Government has said.

Speaking in Abuja, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, blamed the Governors for priotising construction of heavy pieces of infrastructure such as bridges and airports in cities rather than improving the lives of the rural poor.

He said 72% of Nigeria’s poor live in neglected rural communities, but the Governors had abandoned the critical demography, preferring to spend state resources on the capital cities instead. “The governors are basically functioning in their state capitals. And democracy that we preach about is delivering the greatest goods to the greatest number of people.

He explained that Nigerian demography shows that the greatest number of people live in rural areas, regretting that the Governors are not working in the rural areas.

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