Abuja - The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) slammed the government’s response to the African Development Bank’s assessment of the country’s chances of eliminating poverty by 2015.
AfDB dismissed such projections in its recent 2013 African Economic Oulook.
The bank stated Nigeria’s prospect of halving poverty by 2015 seemed “weak.”
The proportion of people living below the national poverty line, AfDB stated, had worsened from 65.5 percent in 1996 to 9 percent in 2010 while poverty was higher in rural area at 73.2 percent than in urban area at 61.8 percent.
This drew criticism from the government, which dismissed the report as “devoid of truth and political, containing bogus claim and disingenuous innuendos.”
Nigeria claimed the figures used had been overtaken by events by the various intervention of the Goodluck Jonathan regime and Nigeria was doing better than any other country of its size in the continent.
CNPP slammed the reaction.
Osita Okechukwu, the National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, said the group had reviewed the Marking Scheme of the AfDB and agreed with its findings.
“CNPP notes with regret President Goodluck Jonathan administration’s miserable response to the poor mark awarded to Nigeria,” Okechukwu said.
The official argued that true to the AfDB report, malnutrition was widespread while rural areas and disadvantaged groups were particularly vulnerable to chronic food shortage and unbalanced nutrition.
About 40 percent of Nigerian children are stunted, 9 percent wasted or thin and 23 percent are underweight, added Okechukwu.
– CAJ News