THE PITILESS POLITICISATION OF POVERTY

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The argument between federal and state governments on pauperism alleviation is hollow, insensitive and diversionary, writes Monday Philips Ekpe

The recent exchanges between federal and state governments over who to blame for the country’s challenged growth and poverty must not be swept away by our usual casual, resigned attitude to critical national issues. First, President Muhammadu Buhari accused governors of undermining development in their states by misappropriating local government funds. Whatever happened to the move by this same administration to directly send the revenue allocations of the third tier of government to it? Then, it was the turn of the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, to lambast the second tier of government for the nation’s whirlwind poverty profile. According to him, the governors have abandoned the large population of rural dwellers to their fate. 

The governors promptly picked up the challenge. A statement by…



Source: Thisday Newspaper