This year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty marks the 30th anniversary of the first call to action against extreme poverty, by Father Joseph Wresinski, which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty and the recognition by the United Nations.
The theme for this year’s celebration: “Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: A path towards peaceful and inclusive society” underscores the call to eradicate extreme poverty in the world by the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
Speaking on the theme of the event, the Founder and President, Youth Resource Development, Education and Leadership Centre for Africa, YORDEL Africa, Mr. Godwin Ogenyimaintained that inclusion of the poor in the process of formulating policies aimed at eradicating poverty would help to fashion out programmes that have direct impact on the needy.
He said that extreme poverty would be difficult to eradicate in the society, if the opinion of the people was not sought while deciding on the policies aimed at eradicating it.
Mr. Ogenyi who described extreme poverty as the root cause of most challenges in the society such as inequality, frustration, crimes called for proper and massive educational system that inspire innate capabilities of individuals.
While speaking on what people should do to liberate themselves from poverty, an Entrepreneur and Industrialist, Chief Chijioke Ugwueze advised the people to understand their environment, explore it and be focused to earn decent living.
Chief Ugwueze called for proper orientation of the people especially the youths to assist them pull out from poverty zone, noting that insincerity of some government officials had been one of the major setbacks in achieving a poverty-free society.
The Enugu State Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction Deacon Obinna Mbaeke who maintained that poverty was a product of actions and inactions of man explained that government was not relenting in its efforts towards eradicating extreme poverty in the State.
He explained the State Government had embarked on skills acquisition programme for the teeming unemployed youths and widows in the State.
Mr. Mbaeke encouraged the poor to always embrace good government policies aimed at lifting them above poverty line.