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  • 2nd November, 2023


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      Federal Government of Nigeria Launches Cash Transfers of ₦25,000 for Households to Alleviate Poverty: A Critical Examination of the Initiative

      Federal Government of Nigeria Launches Cash Transfers of ₦25,000 for Households to Alleviate Poverty: A Critical Examination of the Initiative

      In a significant move aimed at tackling poverty in Nigeria, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, announced on October 17, 2023, that the Federal Government plans to disburse 1.3 trillion to 15 million households, benefitting approximately 61 million Nigerians. This announcement, made on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, was met with a mix of hope and skepticism. While the initiative signifies a step toward addressing the dire economic challenges faced by many Nigerians, there are crucial concerns that need to be addressed to ensure its effectiveness and sustainability. 
       

      Objective Conditions and Long-term Impact:  

      One of the fundamental questions surrounding this initiative is whether it will lead to a tangible improvement in the living conditions of the beneficiaries. While the cash transfer scheme provides immediate relief, its long-term impact remains uncertain. After the three-month period, will the cost of living suddenly decrease? Will the Nigerian Naira appreciate? Addressing these concerns requires comprehensive economic policies beyond short-term financial assistance. 

      • Scale of Impact vs. Poverty Rate: Despite the ambitious scope of the program, it is crucial to acknowledge that the number of people targeted for assistance falls short of the estimated 100 million Nigerians living in multidimensional poverty according to the World Bank. While the 25,000 per household can alleviate immediate financial stress, it raises questions about the adequacy of the initiative in making a substantial difference in the lives of the most vulnerable Nigerians. 
      • Historical Context and Scepticism: President Tinubu's characterization of this initiative as "renewed hope conditional cash transfers" raises concerns given the historical context. Previous cash transfer programs faced criticism for political manipulation and lack of transparency, leaving many deserving individuals without aid. Rebuilding public trust in these programs is paramount for their success. 
      • Challenges with International Models: Critics argue that international models for poverty alleviation, such as cash transfers, might not align with Nigeria's unique challenges. Nigeria's economy relies heavily on consumption, and rampant corruption hampers the effectiveness of such policies. Additionally, focusing solely on cash transfers neglects the need for creating a conducive environment for individual talent to flourish, emphasizing the importance of productivity and economic diversification. 
      • The Role of Leadership: Addressing the root causes of poverty requires visionary leadership and strategic planning. Nigeria's industrial decline, marked by the transformation of factories into places of worship, underscores the need for policies that promote economic growth, job creation, and entrepreneurship. Mere financial assistance cannot replace the transformative power of robust governance, accountable leadership, and investment in education and skill development. 

      In conclusion, while the Federal Government of Nigeria's cash transfer initiative represents a step in the right direction, it must be complemented by a broader, multi-faceted approach to poverty alleviation. Sustainable economic growth, anti-corruption measures, investments in education, and creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship are crucial components of a comprehensive strategy. By addressing these fundamental issues, Nigeria can move beyond short-term relief and build a future where prosperity is accessible to all. Only then can poverty truly be eradicated, not just on paper but in the lives of every Nigerian citizen. 

      • Published: 2nd November, 2023


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      Mozoba Chibuike favour
      2 months ago

      Thanks to Federal Government

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      ISAH ILIY
      2 months ago

      So I want appreciated how. To bola Ahmed Tinu continuous pay poor and vulnerable household in Nigeria

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      Tortiv Sughnen savior
      3 months ago

      Poverty

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      Alice Sampson okon
      3 months ago

      Palliative

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      Kolafe Temilade
      4 months ago

      Thanks for your hlep

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      USMAN SADI ISHAQ
      4 months ago

      I would like to get this support

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      Eche Sunday ofukocho
      5 months ago

      May god help

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      Abubakar Ahmed
      5 months ago

      For food

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      Aliyu Buhari
      5 months ago

      For the increase of food

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      Aliyu buhari
      5 months ago

      For

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      Dornu Barilee
      5 months ago

      Thanks to the Federal government if this is real

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      Yusuf Usman
      5 months ago

      Can disting rich everybody in Nigeria

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      Ibrahim Aliyu
      5 months ago

      Ibrahim aliyu

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      Ibrahim aliyu
      5 months ago

      Slm

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      Hassan ungo kore
      5 months ago

      Beneficiary

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      Hassan Kore ungo
      5 months ago

      If would me base on my social amenities


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