The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?

Poverty is an insidious disease that incapacitates, depresses, and ultimately kills scores of people world-wide. Those afflicted can be old or young, black or white or brown, rich or poor, skinny or obese. Daily more than 50,000 people needlessly die from poverty. Nearly a billion persons unnecessarily suffer, some of them in the midst of plenty. alt

Yes, endowed persons can and do suffer deprivation and painful premature deaths. Our beloved Nigeria is an example. How could a nation so blessed with countless natural and human resources be so self-cursed that nothing works well? Every statistic that should be high is low and those that should be low are high. Be it about mortality, employment, crime, disease, accident, corruption, greed, human rights, you name it!

Facts are, within the Beverly Hills of the world, you will find poverty staring you in the face, albeit obscured. Inside their mansions, some materially rich folks are, in the prophetic words of Fela, "suffering and smiling". Poverty is as relative as it is universal. Depravity comes in various colors, shapes, sizes, and degrees. It's not just about money as some would erroneously portray. How you define it, is your version of poverty.

Poverty effects are profound on both the individual and society. Humanity should find an affordable cure; until then, each person should do what he or she can to prevent and treat this pandemic. Personal responsibility should be called to arms. Moreover, it's easier to steer a small boat (the individual)than it's to turn around a big ship(society). So it behooves one to start with one's self.

Poverty is slavery, per African (Somalian) adage. The Book says the poor will always be among us. Gandhi stated “poverty is the worst form of violence”. And Einstein said no problem could be solved by the same level of consciousness that created it. I ask what can one do to minimize depravity? alt

We all have heard or witnessed "rags to riches" stories. Books have been written to show us how to better ourselves. There are road maps to improve ourselves, both individually and collectively. It's never easy! Are we willing to work harder, sacrifice more, and implement better strategies to improve our lot? Or are we going to be shy and perpetuate the cycle of poverty by blaming everything and everyone but ourselves? Or are we going to put our feet down and say "enough" and break this miserable cycle? "With God, all things are possible", but we need to do our part.

Education and implementation: It's important to know what to do. However, it's critical to put that knowledge to perpetual praxis.

Foster Relationship With Right People: Knowing lots of people is good, knowing the right kind of people is even better. Beware, that receptionist may aid you more than the manager. As the saying goes, "it's not what you know; it's who you know". Be ready to "give" before you can "receive".

Financial Planning: Start saving early and often. Little drops of savings do make the mighty ocean of wealth. Create additional income sources. Don't take too much or too little risks. Capital preservation should be paramount. First acquire money management skills and then impart folks you can reach. Most people are embarrassed to discuss these life skills. They fear that if they catechize about saving money, they would be labeled "have it all or know it all". As I wrote in a previous article, that mentality makes "money" a dirtier word than sex. Neither should be dirty; both are pertinent when used as intended!

Do As Romans: Adopt the habits of the rich who earned their keeps the right way, not stole them. There are habits that make people either rich or poor. Try to acquire the traits that make you successful. Save, work hard, treat your customers as you would like to be treated. Be positive.

Healthier Living: Make exercise and healthier living a priority in your family. Watch what you eat and what you feed your children. One sick family member affects the lives of all members. Sedentary lifestyle prematurely kills. The healthy you, is a wealthy you!

Family Planning: Consider having as many children as you can afford. When is enough really enough? The God that gave you children does not want you to raise them in poverty.

Era of Self-reliance: It's prudent to help others in need. However, each person needs to hold his or her end of the bargain. Politicians are raising this alarm with their code words for budget and deficit reduction. Governments can't do it all.

Eschew Culture of Poverty: Lavish funerals and excessive title rituals set wasteful precedents and should be curtailed. Expensive funerals did not raise any Pharaoh from the dead then and will not resurrect any Lazarus today. It's unfortunate that even educated Nigerians are fanning the amber of waste and promoting this culture of poverty. Why not invest the resources on the living as tribute to the dearly departed?

It's proactive to express your wishes as to where and how you wish to be buried: cremation or formal burial, internment here or in Nigeria. And save to fund your choice. Don't leave it to the grieving spouse to deal with the fallout from your family members here and in Nigeria.

Terrible governments and (yes) citizens-supported corruption and other social problems have continued to plagued Nigeria. Many people suffer and die in the midst of abundance. Several have been forced into exile within and outside Nigeria. Insecurity and disease and crime alarmingly abound while few drain the collective coffers with impunity.

The bottom line is everyone's losing: both the rich and the poor, the rulers and the subjects, the sectarian victims and victimizers, the robbed and the armed robbers, the kidnapped and their kidnappers, and all of us abroad! For the betterment of all, let us reduce poverty, the slavery of today.

These words of musician John Mayer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBIxScJ5rlY) ring so true:

"Now we see everything that's going wrong


With the world and those who lead it


We just feel like we don't have the means


To rise above and beat it"

So how long are we going to "keep on waiting for the world to change"? Wouldn't we rather start with the masterpiece in the mirror?

Chuks U.C. Ukaoma and his family reside in Austin, Texas, U.S.A. Email: chuksucukaoma@yahoo.com



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Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Eire posted on 07-14-2012, 18:25:17 PM
Very difficult to reason with Nigerians (especially the educated ones)

but my take is simple solution and I am sure it is probably beyond your African mind.

Make children only when and if you can afford to feed yourself and the kids. Never mind corruption and government, if you have very basic and simple means with small families, decent family planning and population control...poverty will be no more than found in Eastern Europe.

I'm sure you rather have the people multiplying at will and blame it on government and lavish funerals.
Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Superego posted on 07-14-2012, 20:18:55 PM
I have always said there are 3 things we ask of from our terror government. If they provided those two things, we will make Nigeria Hong Kong!

1. Uninterrupted power(But the oil barons/cabal will never allow that happen as the oil for generators doubles the income they make).
2. Provide us security. Police force that do their duty and works.
3. Build our roads, railways and proper transportation network.

That's it. Don't worry about us having jobs. Don't worry about our health, don't worry about nothin. Just give us these three things and see what we the people will do for ourselves and the rest of the people.
Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Eire posted on 07-15-2012, 05:04:04 AM
Superego,
I was in India, China, Indonesia and Thailand, These countries have the infrastructure (and more) you are asking for but the sheer number of people on the streets, homes and families is too much for families and government to cope with. There are just too many mouths to feed, educate and provide social services to.

Population must grow as the the economy allows for. You people with your backward african mentality cannot grow population simple because you have land to put the people and because you think the government is at fault and when you get good leadership it will equal the number of people available to feed. It is wrong, it is backward and primitive...and makes you a laughing stock in the eyes of the developed world.

I visited Eastern Europe during and after communism, the average eastern european family is 1-2 children, most have 1. There was leadership problem but the people kept their family sizes according to the state of the economy and increased child birth as good leaders emerged and the economy grew - that is commonsense!!!
Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Iyke posted on 07-15-2012, 08:09:44 AM
Commonsense, Eire commit suicide, that will be one subtraction and
Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Shinycoin posted on 07-15-2012, 15:13:26 PM
Ours is not a poverty of money, but a poverty of sense!!

The sooner we accept and face that, the better for us.
Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Superego posted on 07-15-2012, 15:23:29 PM
QUOTE:
Superego,
I was in India, China, Indonesia and Thailand, These countries have the infrastructure (and more) you are asking for but the sheer number of people on the streets, homes and families is too much for families and government to cope with. There are just too many mouths to feed, educate and provide social services to.

Population must grow as the the economy allows for. You people with your backward african mentality cannot grow population simple because you have land to put the people and because you think the government is at fault and when you get good leadership it will equal the number of people available to feed. It is wrong, it is backward and primitive...and makes you a laughing stock in the eyes of the developed world.

I visited Eastern Europe during and after communism, the average eastern european family is 1-2 children, most have 1. There was leadership problem but the people kept their family sizes according to the state of the economy and increased child birth as good leaders emerged and the economy grew - that is commonsense!!!


Our numbers are still small. I can provide u stats to prove. This is not the reason for the poverty.
Lots of Europe is now much poorer than much of Africa, despite their small numbers.
Europeans are beefing us and sponsoring strife in us to make us suffer and broke as they are.

IMF boss, Lagarde came to Africa with a 'begging bowl', this January.

South Africa snubs IMF's Christine Lagarde!

http://newsrescue.com/south-africa-snubs-imfs-christine-lagarde/
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Re: The Growing Poverty In Nigeria: What Can We Do To Reduce It?
Superego posted on 07-15-2012, 15:28:57 PM
Long, but you may benefit by reading

QUOTE:
There is a GLOBAL FAMINE

January 10th, 2012
The Riots are all about food!

Famine in Somalia {ScrapeTV}

NewsRescue- There is a Global Famine, happening right now. At the NewsRescue desk, we work to bring you the news you miss. The things you have to research and sift through the tons of garbage in the media to figure out. Our readers are aware of the riots, instability and chaos with regime change globally, but were not informed by the big business driven corporate media of the true reasons and cause of the global eruptions. From the 'Arab Spring' riots in the Middle East through the 'Robin-hood' riots in the UK, to the 'Occupy' protests in North America and across Europe. There is a single trigger denominator, purposely hidden to the view of the common observer: Industry, corporate and technology driven food scarcity. The world is in a crises! Prices of all staples, from corn, to wheat and eggs, are skyrocketing by double digit percentages.

Related update[February 18th, 2012]: NewsRescue- Hunger Crises in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria

We see the 2011 riots in Egypt that removed Hosni Mubarak have yet not subsided. There is gross unrest in North Nigeria, which coincides with the highest poverty level in the Nation, 75% poverty level, comparable to Somalia and Eritrea, which share similar levels of instability...


Read more: http://newsrescue.com/there-is-a-global-famine/#ixzz20j15Irbv
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