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112 million nigerians living in poverty – OXFAM

The Inequality report released by Oxfam International in 2017 revealed that the combined wealth of five richest Nigerians, put at $29.9 billion, could end extreme poverty in the country. Photo: THEWILL

A report by Oxfam says 82 per cent of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one per cent of the global population.

It added that the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth during the period.

The report, titled “Reward Work, Not Wealth”, revealed how the global economy enabled a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are struggling to survive on poverty pay.

“Billionaire wealth has risen by an annual average of 13 per cent since 2010; six times faster than the wages of ordinary workers, which have risen by a yearly average of just two per cent,” the report showed.

“In Nigeria, more than half of the population still grapples with extreme poverty, while a small group of elites enjoys ever-growing wealth.

Oxfam Nigeria acting Country Director,  Mr Constant Tchona, said while more than 112 million people are living in poverty, the country produces at least 2 billionaires every year.

Similarly, the Programme Coordinator, Governance at Oxfam, Mr Celestine Odo, said to address inequality in Nigeria, Government needs to invest in pro-poor sectors like education, health and agriculture.

He also called on government to increase its social investment in the school feeding programme and Conditional Cash transfers.


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