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Corruption worsens child poverty in the Niger Delta –CSO

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A civil society organization in the Niger Delta, Policy Alert, has described corruption as one of the factors that makes human development outcomes worse for children and their families in the region.

Latest Nageria newspaper report that Civil Society declared this on Friday at an event commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019 celebrated in Uyo, capital of the state of Akwa Ibom.

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The Communications Alert and Participation Officer of Policy Alert Stakeholders, Utibe Archibong, who spoke on the theme of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this year 2019 ‘Act together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty ‘, he said that the Niger Delta lags behind the national average in several development indicators.

Latest Nageria newspaper report that However, he expressed concern that the situation may get worse if corrupt practices in public institutions are not controlled.

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While acknowledging the efforts of the Niger Delta Institutions established to close the development gap in the region, Archibong noted especially that such efforts over the years have been well below what the region requires, and added that The development deficit in the region can be linked to a deficit of transparency and accountability in public institutions.

According to her, “Corruption is a crime against the next generation. Whether in health, education or sanitation, corruption steals opportunities and denies our children their potentials still unexploited. It is the main reason why children and their families in the Niger Delta region have remained poor.

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“The focus of this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is therefore appropriate, as it draws our attention to the links between poverty and the next generation, therefore, all stakeholders, including their own Children should work together more closely to help children and their families. to escape poverty. ”

Latest Nageria newspaper report that The Day was marked internationally to call attention to the difficulties of people living in poverty throughout the world. This year’s edition coincides with the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989.