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2023: Make Poverty Eradication A Key Campaign Issue, CCD To Nigerians by Abel7777: 6:55pm On Oct 16, 2022
Mr. David O. Anyaele, Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), has said the current set of Nigerian leaders have failed to reduce poverty in the land as they have continue to consciously or unconsciously contributed to the growing number of persons with disabilities due to their inability to tackle the increasing number of Nigeria going into extreme poverty.

Anyaele in a press statement to mark the International day for the eradication of poverty also call on Nigerians as the 2023 general elections are around the corner to make poverty reduction a key campaign issue.

The statement reads: "October 17 annually is recognized as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It is a day to solidarize with people living in extreme poverty, in particular persons with disabilities, women, and children. It is also a day for sober reflection, and an opportunity to ask ourselves questions as a people on the extent we have contributed to the increase or reduction of poverty in our societies".

"The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Dignity for All in Practice”. The dignity of the human being is not only a fundamental right in itself, but constitutes the basis of all other fundamental rights. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights enshrined human dignity in its preamble:"

‘Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and, the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.’

"As an organization of, and for persons with disabilities, we are worried that while other countries of the world are taking steps to reduce poverty within their societies, the increasing number of Nigerians that are experiencing extreme poverty is very alarming. According to a World Bank report titled “A Better Future for All Nigerians: 2022 Nigeria Poverty Assessment", poverty reduction has stagnated since 2015, with more Nigerians falling below the poverty line over the years. The international organization projected that the number of poor Nigerians to hit 95.1 million in 2022".

"In other reports, Nigeria has been classified as the poverty capital of the world. This is because while the population of Nigeria is growing, the poverty situation is also competing with the population increase in the country".

"The most challenging aspect of this situation is that people living in poverty experience many interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations that prevent them from realizing their rights and perpetuate their poverty, including but not limited to dangerous, but degrading working conditions, unsafe housing, limited access to nutritious food, limits access to justice, stiffen access to political power and hinders access to healthcare services amongst others."

"This demoralizing poverty situation in Nigeria is manmade; fuelled by bad governance and corruption in the high places. Unfortunately, when people fall into poverty, their chance of acquiring disability becomes wider, as poverty has been linked as a major source of disability, even as disability pushes families into extreme poverty".

"The current set of Nigerian leaders have failed to reduce poverty in the land. They have consciously or unconsciously contributed to the growing number of persons with disabilities due to their inability to tackle the increasing number of Nigeria going into extreme poverty".

"As the 2023 general elections are around the corner, we call on Nigerians to make poverty reduction a key campaign issue. Political party candidates for the State Houses of Assembly, the Governorship, the National Assembly, and the Presidential must tell Nigerians how they intend to bend the poverty curves in Nigeria. Citizens should prepare to hold elected officials accountable for poverty reduction as the poverty situation in Nigeria is manmade, majorly because of bad governance".

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