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Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria

Author(s): Cyprian Clement Abur | Emmanuel Eche | Japheth Terande Torruam

Journal: International Journal of Basics and Applied Science
ISSN 2301-4458

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 504;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Poverty reduction/ eradication | Sustainable development | Millennium development goals | Policy

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are targeted at eradicating extreme hunger and poverty in the 189 member countries of the United Nations (UN). Nigeria as a member of the United Nation keyed into the implementation of the framework of the goals by formulating the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS), NEEDS as a policy is targeted at eradicating poverty and bringing about sustainable development. This is done through the establishment of Agencies like the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP). However, the scourge of poverty is till been felt by the majority of the citizens of the country who do not have access to primary health care, water and food. This paper analyses the effect of eradicating poverty in Nigeria via the instrumentality of the MDGs and concludes that government at various levels must come up with genuine poverty reduction programme if the challenges of poverty must be tackled. The study recommends that long-term strategic plans that address unemployment, taking into consideration the educational curriculum and the needs of the labour market as well as strengthening the human and financial capacity of poverty alleviation institutions in the country.
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