The fight against poverty, which has remained a major and overwhelming socio-economic problem in most countries of the world, especially developing countries, is one of the major concerns of responsible governments.
While some governments tend to view poverty as a purely economic problem that could be overcome through carefully planned and implemented economic programs, others see it as a threat that has deeply eroded the tissues of human existence. , caused major crises, including insecurity and other socio-economic problems and the proactive measures needed to address them.
Often, in the absence of careful planning, most of the methods adopted to combat poverty tend to scratch the surface without any visible improvement in the standard of living of the masses, leaving the problem still uncertain.
In Nigeria, for example, despite its abundant agricultural resources and oil wealth, poverty is widespread. A significant portion of the population lives below the poverty line with limited social services and infrastructure.
The rural poor of the country depend on agriculture for their food and income. Smallholder farmers, who are largely rural dwellers, cultivate small lands and depend on rain-fed agriculture for their survival, produce around 90 percent of Nigeria’s food. The fact that this category is made up of rural dwellers underscored the need for aggressive rural development efforts. In Nasarawa State, the incumbent administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule has taken a multidimensional approach to reducing poverty in the state by creating wealth and jobs through sustained rural development efforts.
Rural development efforts aim to increase business activities in communities and reduce insecurity to a significant level.
Upon taking office, Governor Sule created a Rural Transformation Agency that will help bring government closer to rural areas.
In such a short period of time, the Agency’s footprint is visible almost everywhere in the state, as it has constructed over 600 miles of feeder roads across the state. This has opened up rural areas to a wide range of activities and reduced crime in these areas.
Most importantly, roads connect areas where farmers can easily access markets to sell their produce without depending on middlemen.
For example, in the Kokona Council region of the State, the works on the road from Angoro to Bassa have helped to resolve the problem of insecurity and increase activities in the Arusu and Arusu markets. Amba, all located in local government areas.
In addition, the agency has embarked on the construction of the Sisinbaki-Kwarra road in the local government of Wamba. The road had until then been a death trap.
The works on these rural roads have greatly contributed to reducing the level of poverty while connecting different communities.
Not surprisingly, residents of most rural areas continued to give good testimonies while congratulating the governor on the efforts made. Christopher Dakum from Sisinbaki village praised Governor Sule for prioritizing rural development, insisting that his approach has wiped away tears and reduced hardship for locals.
Likewise, Gowon Ali from Moro community in Akwanga local government area said the opening of the Moro road has brought relief to farmers in the area.
Nuhu Muhammad of Assakio also said that works on the Assakio-Obi road have significantly improved economic activities in the region, especially the farming communities along the route. Likewise, a farmer, Maryam Adamu, said the road made it easier for them to access their farms.
Likewise, residents of Angwa Bem village, a Tiv community where one of the new bridges is located, expressed their joy at the bridge’s completion.
It is interesting to note that the works on the Assakio-Obi road connect six villages and made it possible for the villagers to easily bring their goods to the market, to access school and medical care as a health care center. primary and a public primary school are located along the road.
In the Jangwa region of Awe local government, residents said that the ongoing construction of the twin bridge along the Ribi-Jangwa road is already having a positive impact as daily food trailers are transported out of town. the state to different parts of the country.
Clearly, the state government’s rural development program to help farmers and rural people has opened up farming communities and linked them to urban centers.
This went a long way in revealing the vast agricultural potential of the state. Of course, this very important sector supports over 80 percent of the livelihoods of the population.
Different communities, including Shabu, Gambo, Dogo Yaro, Sabon Pegi, Samunaka, Doka, Arugababa, Arugbalamu and Lakio, have all benefited from the government’s renewed emphasis on rural development.
Indeed, the state government’s approach to rural development is helping tremendously to change the narrative of poverty in the state, as it allows farmers to access and from rural areas. who continuously transport their agricultural products to markets without leaving or hindering.
– Garba d’Alhaqmedia Concepts wrote of Lafia