Nigeria has met the target in the fight against hunger and poverty ahead of the 2015 dealine for meeting the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has said.
In a statement by its Director-General, José da Silva, FAO listed Nigeria among the 38 countries that have met the targets by reducing the number of people living below $1 a day by half.
This feat makes Nigeria one of the countries that have met MDG number one which aims to “Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than one dollar a day”.
However, it is not clear where the country stands with regard to MDG target 1.b which stipulates achieving “Decent employment for women, men, and young people”.
According to the statement, the progress of the affected countries was measured between 1990 to 1992 and 2010 to 2012.
The news that Nigeria has met MDG target of poverty reduction is totally incorrect and misleading. The reality on the ground totally contradict this. Whatever survey method FAO used is not correct. We have majority of our youth unemployed and in some cases unemployable. Even agriculture, which is the highest employer of labour is seasonal. Underemployment is the norm. Right now, where I live people are eating leaves of plant called ‘Diya Diya’ just to survive. Some households can’t get food to eat daily. We are used to self reliance and avoid government support. The government and some aid agencies are actually not trusted because of many unfufilled promises.
I challenge FAO to please release full report of their survey, including sampling methods and validations done if any.
Do your own survey and give your report since you will never accept anything pro-Jonathan. If
It is a negative report now, you will comment with satisfaction. “Northern Presidency”