ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 1|
Page No: 96
Title: POVERTY AND THE CHALLENGE OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
GOGA ABUBAKAR MUHAMMED*&NBSP;AND&NBSP;SULEIMAN DAYYABU MOHAMMED**
*MUHAMMED AND **MOHAMMED ARE LECTURERS, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMIN. ABU, ZARIA
The paper examines poverty and the challenge of socio-economic development in Nigeria. In analysing the issues raised, the paper anchored on an approach using social exclusion theory. And using mixed paradigm (quantitative and qualitative) and specifically content analysis, the paper established among others that, a lot of efforts have been made in poverty reduction through poverty alleviation programmes in Nigeria. However, nothing much had changed in the living conditions and standards of the people. The paper concludes that poverty alleviation in contemporary Nigeria requires policies geared toward (sustainable) socio-economic development. Thus, there is a need for given priority in educational reforms, vocational training, water and sanitation, health care delivery, agriculture, housing and power generation. These should be anchored on collectivism and not individualism, with the political will giving, to make a landmark achievement.
Conclusively, while there is no doubt that some progress have been recorded by the government in its poverty alleviation efforts, the fact that independent international organisations say that significant number of the country’s over 160 million population live below the poverty line casts a pall on the efforts of the government. The facts remain that the programmes were politically based and anchored on corruption, with the failure to institute a system of assessing the success of the programmes and feedback mechanism to hear directly from the poor on their effectiveness or otherwise.