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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Dangote Blasts State Governors For High Poverty Rate In Northern Nigeria

Image may contain: 1 personAliko Dangote who spoke at the 4th edition of the Kaduna Investment Summit (KadInvest 4.0) in
Kaduna on Wednesday, blasted state Governors who according to him are responsible for the
high poverty rate in Northern Nigeria. Aliko Dangote who is Africa's richest man, blasted
Northern Nigeria state governors who he accused doing little to end the high poverty rate in the
region. He noted that 60 per cent of northerners lived in extreme poverty, saying it was
unacceptable for a people with vast arable land for agriculture to live in poverty.
According to him: “Nigeria is ranked at 157th out of 189 countries on the human development
index. While the overall
socio-economic condition in the country is a cause for concern, the
regional disparities are in fact very alarming. In the North Western and North Eastern parts of
Nigeria, more than 60 per cent of the population lives in extreme poverty.

“It is instructive to know that the 19 Northern states which accounts for over 54 per cent of
Nigeria’s population and 70 per cent of its landmass, collectively generate, only 21 per cent of
the total subnational IGR in the year 2017. Northern Nigeria will continue to fall behind if the
respective states governments do not move to close the development gap.
“And that is why we are always saying the biggest challenge that we have and what we have
been praying for is to have 10 governors like Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to move the northern Nigeria
forward. Closing the gap requires multi years investment and government will not be able to
raise the require capital funding, only the private sector can raise the capital to fund the level of
investment that this country needs."

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Micheal Callix Oyibo

He too can be of help if he really wants to help
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Daniel Orji

He is not a true advocate of national development!
He is almost monopolizing all the business in Nigeria, how wont there be poverty in the states?
Its not about employing laborers....its about making millionaires(establishing people)
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Okwy Maria

Nigeria is ranked at 157th out of 189 countries on the human development
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Anuforo Osinachi James

In addition to Alh Dangote, the north are seriously wasting the climate in their region. Their source of power should be primarily solar energy.
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Aruoture Goodie

Hmmmm.. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
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Chibuzo O. Anozie

Everyone complains no action to back it up

Wisdom Udoh

What has he done to alleviate the plights of the people of his region, being the richest man in Africa. Or is it a case of him take over the prosperity of the rests of the people all for himself, while they leverage in penury?
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Niyeck Nandack

Endy, Dangote has spoken the mind of millions in Northern Nigeria. When NNAMDI KANU spits fire, the Northern Elder Forum, reacts and issues a press statement. When the Niger Deltans complain about the perceived unfair sharing of national resources, the Arewa Consultative Forum will react and blast them. Some of us in the Middle Belt have always asked: What is our business with the Igbos, the Niger Deltans and others? It is their problem with the Federal Government and they can sort it out. We leave our huge problems to go and poke nose into other people's problems. We are in the lowest rung of the ladder of development in everything.
Education
Zamfara has almost 80% illiteracy rate. The cut off mark (UTME) for getting admission into university in less than 120, yet very very few children attain the mark. About 13 million children out of school in the North.
Security
As we speak, only Gusau, the capital can be said to be safe. Most people in remote local governments have run and sought refuge in the Republic of Niger. Many are in the capital Gusau as IDPs. In Katsina, the governor confessed that he is not safe. It is just 2 weeks ago that kidnappers released the mother of his second wife. In Bornu, the village of the governor is presently under the control of Boko Haram. He was boasting a month ago that he will still go back to his village after 29th May. See what is happening in Southern Kaduna and Kaduna-Abuja road with killings kidnapping. Almost 70% of children in the core North are malnourished and some are under a feeding programme of UNICEF( Katsina, Kaduna, etc). Lamido Sanusi said in 2016 that if Northern Nigeria was a country of its own, it would be the poorest country in Africa. That should be our concern in the North. Imagine a region with about 80% poverty rate. All the elites in Northern Nigeria have their students enrolled in prestigious institutions in the UK USA, etc. We have had a good number of leaders from our region but look at the sorry state of the region. Dangote must not stop at lamenting. He must start a very robust advocacy for the integrated development of Northern Nigeria. It is important to let people know that in the 21st century, a man should not be giving 12 twelve children to his wife. Only animals should do that. A 70 years old man should not be getting married to a 12 years old innocent girl.
Our leaders, including Babangida, Buhari, past and present governors, NASS members, past and present, retired generals, business men, have all failed the region. They are selfish, wicked, demonic.
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Ogunmade Horlamilekan

So he is not concern about the killings over there.......and the selling of there votes
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