Trade and Investment Minister, Okechukwu Enelemah, says Nigeria will keep getting poorer as they continue having children they can’t provide food for. The Minister said this while responding to the Brookings Report that evaluated Nigeria as the most impoverished individuals on the planet.
Enelemah reportedly said, the battle against neediness in Nigeria would be won if all Nigerians put in endeavors,
“In this way, I figure we should move up our sleeves as a people and take every necessary step on the grounds that, in the event that we don’t do it, our people keep on bearing children clearly, they would get poorer,” he said.
He additionally questioned the statistics and data used by the worldwide poverty report as of late discharged, saying the information was gathered at time of economic recession.
I think, first, we need to understand when we get these reports that there are reports that are lagging in indicators, which means, people are reporting on history. So, when you get reports from Brooking Institution or all sorts of people, you need to look at the context. Somebody may have written a report when we were in a recession. Remember that if you are in a recession, what it means is that even though your population is growing, people don’t stop procreating… which means that in theory depending on how they run those numbers, you will be going the other way. There is absolutely no question that there is an urgency to create employment in Nigeria. What I can tell you, with certainty based on one’s background in business and economics, is that if we complete the things on infrastructure and you implement these reports we are doing, that is what I mean by a leading indicator, poverty will go down. There is no magic to it. But you have to do it first, you have put in the infrastructure, you have to implement the economic programme which is what will create the opportunities, they don’t drop from the sky.”