Oxfam in Nigeria says three of the richest Nigerian citizens are wealthier than 83 million others put together.
This is contained in a report titled ‘Davos 2023 Inequality Report’ unveiled at a media briefing yesterday in Abuja.
Aliko Dangote the owner of Dangote group of companies, Abdulsamad Rabiu, the owner of BUA group of companies and Mike Adenuga, the owner of Globacom, a telecommunications conglomerate are amongst the top richest men in Nigeria.
Ahead of the global conference of world leaders scheduled for next week in Davos Switzerland, Country Director, Oxfam in Nigeria, Vincent Ahonsi, presented the report.
Represented by the Deputy Programmes Director and Budget Business Development Manager of the organisation, Regina Afiemo, Ahonsi presented the report alongside Executive Director, Connected Development, Hamza Lawal; Coordinator, Climate Justice Project, Oxfam in Nigeria, Kenneth Akpan and Project Coordinator, Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction, Henry Ushie.
They said there must be higher taxation of world’s super-rich persons to breach the inequality gap in many sectors, and that for the past decades they extraordinarily grabbed half of all new wealth, at the expenses of other citizens.
They also said there must be higher taxation of world’s super-rich persons to breach the inequality gap in many sectors, and that for the past decades, the super-rich persons extraordinarily grabbed half of all new wealth at the expenses of other citizens.
According to the report, while billionaire fortunes are increasing by $2.7bn daily; at least 1.7bn workers now live in countries where inflation is outpacing wages.
The report also said a tax of up to five percent on the world’s multi-millionaires and billionaires could raise $1.7trn a year, enough to lift two billion people out of poverty.
According to the report, in Nigeria, the richest 0.003 percent Nigerians (6,355 individuals worth $5m and above) have 1.4 times more wealth than 107m other Nigerians.
“A wealth tax of two percent on the millionaires, three percent on those with wealth above $50m and five percent on the Nigerian billionaires would raise $3.2bn annually. This would be enough to double health spending.”