Nigeria

Nigerian government blames governors for poverty levels

Prince Clem Agba, minister of state in charge of the federal budget and national planning, claims that the economy has grown despite global and local shocks.

The Federal Government has blamed State governors for the rising poverty levels across the federation.

The Minister of State for Budget and National planning, Clem Agba told newsmen after the Federal executive council meeting today that the Federal Government’s social investment plan has not impacted optimally, because of a lack of cooperation from the state governors.

Mr Agba further asserted that the governors concentrate on executing bogus projects, rather than improving lives in the rural areas.

In this file photo, Minister of State for Budget and National planning, Clem Agba exchanges a handshake with President Muhammadu Buhari.
While absolving the Federal Government of any blames, Mr Agba accused the governors of focusing on building gigantic projects such as flyovers, airports etc that are visible in the state capitals, rather than building roads that would halt post harvest losses for the farmers.

The minister pointed out that while states are in charge of lands for agriculture, they do not invest in them for a desired effect on their rural citizens.

He, therefore, asked Nigerians to hold the governors accountable while advising the state chief executives to focus on initiatives that can raise the people from the pits of poverty.

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