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Fayemi decries mass poverty, inequality in Nigeria, urges action


Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Saturday decried the increasing mass poverty, mass unemployment and massive inequalities in Nigeria which he said were already generating disaffection among the citizens.

Fayemi, who stated this while delivering a lecture at the 21st anniversary of Mambayya House in memory of the renowned nationalist and founder of the Northern Elements Progressives Union, Mallam Aminu Kano, in Kano, identified access to qualitative education, healthcare delivery and the deliberate creation of job opportunities as urgent steps needed to restore citizens’ confidence.

He said investment in education and job creation would help address the challenges “generating various discontents in insurgencies, criminality, banditry and various extremisms”.

The governor, who spoke on ‘Democracy, Good Governance and the Question of National Integration in Nigeria,’ at the lecture also attended by the Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Abubakar; Director-General of National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari; Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, kano, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, also canvassed a return to politics of ideology which he premised on the need for a constant flow of fresh and refreshing ideas for national rebirth and advancement.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said, “It does not take a magician to see that we are confronted with a highly combustible cocktail of mass poverty, mass unemployment, and massive inequalities that are already generating various discontents in insurgencies, criminality, banditry, and various extremisms.

“Nigeria and Nigerians need a new Sawaba Declaration that will constitute our collectively-shared national manifesto of emancipation from poverty, unemployment, inequality, marginalisation, and generalised unemployment.”

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