ACF carpets FG over unscientific distribution of N5bn palliatives

ACF carpets FG over unscientific distribution of N5bn palliatives

The recent allocation of N5 billion in palliatives and grants by the Federal Government to various state governments has come under scrutiny, as the Spokesman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Professor Tukur Muhammad-Baba, expresses concern over its shambolic and unscientific nature.

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In an interview, the Professor of Sociology highlights the inadequacies of distributing the same amount to states with varying populations and demographics.

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Professor Muhammad-Baba raises a pertinent point about the lack of focus in the distribution of N5 billion to each state, emphasizing that a one-size-fits-all approach is not suitable when populations and the number of eligible beneficiaries differ vastly among states.

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He aptly questions the rationale behind providing equal amounts to states like Lagos, Oyo, Kano, and Bayelsa, which vary significantly in terms of population and poverty statistics.

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The Professor criticizes the distribution method as akin to a “hunter’s pack” strategy, where planning and strategy seem to be lacking.

This approach, he argues, fails to make a significant impact on poverty reduction and demonstrates a lack of thoughtful consideration.

Professor Muhammad-Baba emphasizes that the government’s intervention should be well-planned and targeted to truly aid the poor, rather than being a mere announcement.

Highlighting the fundamental flaw in the government’s strategy, Professor Muhammad-Baba points out that poverty is not a uniform issue across all states.

With over 140 million poor people in Nigeria, the variation in poverty levels between states like Lagos, Oyo, Kano, and those like Bayelsa, Taraba, or Jigawa is substantial.

The lack of consideration for this disparity undermines the effectiveness of the palliative measures.

The criticism extends to the government’s accompanying offering of 30,000 bags of rice, with the Professor questioning the reach and effectiveness of such a gesture.

He cites the example of Sokoto, a state with a population of over seven million people, indicating that 30,000 bags of rice would barely scratch the surface of the state’s hunger problem.

This reinforces the argument that a more nuanced and targeted approach is necessary to make a substantial impact.

Professor Muhammad-Baba underscores the importance of scientific intervention in poverty alleviation.

While acknowledging the necessity of aiding the poor, he reiterates that the strategy must be meticulously planned and executed to prevent the government’s efforts from being a mere drop in the ocean.

By employing data-driven analysis, the government can tailor its interventions to the unique needs of each state, thereby maximizing their impact.

“The concerns raised by Professor Tukur Muhammad-Baba shed light on the inherent flaws in the N5 billion FG palliative distribution.

“His critique underscores the need for a more thoughtful and scientific approach that accounts for the varying degrees of poverty across different states.

“By embracing a targeted strategy, backed by accurate data and analysis, the government can ensure that its efforts truly alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable populations, creating a meaningful impact in the fight against poverty,” a socio political analyst, Mohammed Tanko said.


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