The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF), has described the claim by the Federal Government that State governors are responsible for the rising poverty and economic hardship in the country as “baseless”.
The Forum, which consists of the 36 State governors, attributed the high level of poverty to the Federal Government’s failure to provide adequate security for lives and property.
The NGF made their position known through an issued statement by their Director of Media and Public Affairs, AbdulRazaque Bello-Barkindo, yesterday, in reaction to the Federal Government’s claim that State Governors are responsible for rising poverty and economic hardship in the country.
Recall that Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, was reported to have blamed State governors for the rising poverty rate and hardship in the country, particularly the rural areas. The minister noted that the majority of the country’s population live in rural areas and as result, efforts to eradicate poverty should be focused on them.
However, reacting to the Federal Government’s claims, the NGF said they were not to blame for the high rate of poverty in the country.
According to them, the Federal Government’s inability to secure lives and property was the main reason for the high rate of poverty across the country.
The National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS), recently announced that over 133 million Nigerians – about 63 percent of the country’s population – are living in poverty.