They ascribed the neglect been experienced in the hands of successive administration as an elusive impact, structured on self enrichment and corruption, as mechanism use to impede their delivery on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals target, living the country economic fortune in despair.
They challenged government of all tiers to engage the citizens oriented projects that would encourage small and medium scale empowerment by introducing soft loans to willing citizens with qualitative education, structured on the people oriented programme, as developmental framework of the UN, recognized for tackling extreme poverty.
Correspondent, Bamidele Ajayi cites the opinions of residents of Anambra on this regard, as part of activities to mark this year international day for poverty eradication, with the theme : Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms.
The transition of the United Nation Millennium Development Goals, from (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which was expected to be the benchmark for structural programmes of the international body to eradicate extreme poverty In the third world countries.
The project, adjudged to recognize that poverty was not as a results of lack of basic amenities alone but of many indifferent programmes, with interrelated factors that affect human lives in relation to poverty.
Despite the efforts put up by government and private individuals to end poverty under the MDGs projects, structured to improve the living standard of most of the people living in the third world states,nwhich is recorded as been inappropriately applied on developmental projects, while corruption and lack of political will by the political class impounded the flow of poverty to wealth initiative of government.
The issue of rural to urban migration, neglect of agriculture, poor agricultural practises, non utilisation of available technology, lack of energy and appetite for foreign consumption, mono-economy, policy inconsistencies as parts of factors responsible for unabating poverty in the land, the lawmakers called for new mindsets among the populace.
The people however tasked government to focus more on grassroots development which would reduce rural to urban migration and provision of loan facilities to intending citizens to engage in small scale investment as the instrument that would banish poverty and fast tracked accelerated development in the society.
They challenged government to provide regulatory framework that would effectively monitor projects christened to empower the citizens, as well as introducing other poverty alleviations initiatives that would handle youths engagement in technology development programmes which would in short time bring great succor to the famished citizenry
They solicited that improvement of living standard of people living in the rural areas should be structured in the quality of public administration and service delivery to people in the areas through effective people’s participation in decision-making processes that would go a long way to bring relief to the citizenry.
The residents noted that the greatest challenge of the 21st Century is inequality, a situation that had seen the world fortunes concentrated in the hands of few individual and communities.