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Year: 2014|   Volume No: 3|   ISSN: 2360-9664|   Page No: 


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POVERTY REDUCTION IN NIGERIA: THE WAY FORWARD

SAIDU IDRIS AND MOHAMMED MUSA WAZIRIKIRFI

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, USMANUDANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

Poverty situations in Nigeria have over the years been on the increase despite the various anti-poverty programmes. Why are the Nigeria’s anti-poverty measures failing to address poverty pandemic problems? The paper investigated factors that impaired anti-poverty programmes in Nigeria and provided an alternative strategy to poverty reduction in the country. To achieve these objectives, the paper is situated within the ambit of Public-Private Partnerships model which advocates the need for partnering and alliance in the fight against poverty. Documentary research method was used in the generation of data. The paper drew its analysis from reports of World Bank, United Nations Development Programmes and other relevant sources. It is observed that lack of commitment by the governments, economic mismanagement, programme inconsistency, poor implementation, corruption of government officials, poor targeting mechanisms and failure to focus directly on the poor are the ostensible factors that impaired successful implementation of the programmes. The paper submits that scheming of people-centered sustainable development is the strategy that gives priority to the poor, enlarges their choices and opportunities, and provides for their participation in decision that affects them. It is recommended that for poverty situation to significantly reduce in Nigeria, both public and private sectors including the Non-Governmental Organizations should collaborate in the device of a more efficient and effective anti-poverty programmes. Overall, enhancing agricultural productivity and government empowerment schemes should be the critical point in the design of effective poverty reduction strategies

SUMMARY:

Poverty situations in Nigeria have over the years been on the increase despite the various anti-poverty programmes. Why are the Nigeria’s anti-poverty measures failing to address poverty pandemic problems? The paper investigated factors that impaired anti-poverty programmes in Nigeria and provided an alternative strategy to poverty reduction in the country. To achieve these objectives, the paper is situated within the ambit of Public-Private Partnerships model which advocates the need for partnering and alliance in the fight against poverty. 

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