FG committed to supporting 133m multidimensionally poor Nigerians – Bagudu 

“Together, we can create a Nigeria where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, where no one is left behind, and where the dream of prosperity and well-being becomes a reality for all.”

FG committed to supporting 133m multidimensionally poor Nigerians - Bagudu 
Photo Credit: Sadik Gulec
Fg committed to supporting 133m multidimensionally poor nigerians - bagudu 
Photo credit: sadik gulec

The Federal Government says it remains committed to supporting the implementation  of the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2022.

Sen. Abubakar Bagudu, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, said this at a Stakeholders Technical Dialogue on the “Operationalisation of the Multidimensional Poverty Index as a Policy Tool in Nigeria” in Abuja on Thursday.

BRANDPOWER reports that the 2022 MPI report revealed that 63 per cent, that is  133 million Nigerians are multidimensionally poor out of an estimated population of 211 million.

Bagudu said the Federal Government would support the MPI implementation through the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) and the implementation of the eight -Priority Areas of the present administration.

The minister, represented by Mrs Adeshola Oloyede, the Director overseeing office of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry,  said the MPI provided a nuanced understanding of poverty’s complexity.

“By measuring factors such as access to clean water, electricity, schooling, and healthcare, we can identify specific areas where interventions are needed, ensuring that no one is left behind.

“Remarkably, the MPI is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda, ‘leave no one behind’, as it shows the interlinkages of deprivations experienced by poor people.

The minister said the operationalisation of the MPI in Nigeria was  a clarion call to action.

“It is a call to embrace a holistic approach to poverty reduction, one that recognises the interlinked deprivations affecting millions of Nigerians.

“By leveraging the MPI, we can craft informed, targeted, and effective policies that address the root causes of poverty and promote sustainable development.

“Let us commit to this transformative journey with determination and unity.

“Together, we can create a Nigeria where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, where no one is left behind, and where the dream of prosperity and well-being becomes a reality for all.”

Mr Adeyemi Adeniran, the Statistician-General of the Federation and CEO, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said for the statistical System, operationalising the MPI was a welcome development and was well overdue.

Adeniran said there was a need to align the data from the MPI survey with interventions to tackle the issue of poverty in Nigeria in a sustainable way.

“This means going beyond making the necessary data and evidence available to designing targeted  programmes and policies to address the issues identified within the data.

“Only when these two things align (the data and the interventions) will we begin to see meaningful and sustainable changes in the lives of the citizens confronted with poverty.

“Therefore, we need to build on the success of the 2022 MPI survey by ensuring that the data is used for the benefit of the citizens.“

He said there was a need to invest in continuous training and technical capacity building of personnel to be able to produce data timely and in a sustainable manner.

Adeniran said this would enable the government to have the appropriate tools to effectively monitor and track the impact of the interventions, and where necessary design new interventions to address any lapses.

“While this means more resources from the government side, it also necessitates more donor support and assistance, both financially and technically.”

Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire,  the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),  said her office was working closely with both state and non-state actors.

Orelope- Adefulire, represented by Dr Bala Inusa, said it would guarantee an inclusive, participatory and collaborative implementation of the SDGs in Nigeria,

“Such strategic partnerships demonstrate our collective commitment to the transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development  that is to Leave-no-one- behind.

“It is my hope that this dialogue will strengthen our commitment to work closely together as policymakers and development practitioners in support of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Nigeria.“

Ms Elsie Attafuah, the Resident Representative, UNDP,  said multidimensional poverty in Nigeria was complex and multifaceted and would require several approaches as reflected in the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report.

According to her, poverty in Nigeria goes beyond money but it is  about millions of people struggling with things we often take for granted.

Attafuah , represented by Dr Jose Levy, the Deputy Resident Representative, said stakeholders must  focus on -energy poverty in Nigeria.

“The right investment in energy can turn out to be a game changer in a bid to brighten the future for millions of people and remove them from energy poverty.

“By focusing on targeted investment in clean energy , education, healthcare and social protection we can foster inclusive growth and create a more equitable society.”

She pledged UNDP’s continued support to Nigeria’s development journey.

Beatrice Eyong, the  UN Women Country Representative, emphasised  the importance of incorporating a solid gender dimension into the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) programming framework.

“By integrating gender-specific indicators and analysis, we can ensure that the MPI report highlights the disparities and drives targeted interventions that uplift and empower women and girls.”

Eyong, represented by Zapania Aura,   said the inclusivity of the MPI report was paramount, adding that it was essential to consider the voices and experiences of marginalised groups.

“By making the MPI more inclusive, the Nigerian Government  commits to  developing comprehensive strategies that are integrated and aligned with the National Development Plan and leave no one behind, thereby, advancing an equitable and just society.”