Welfare deal for Nigeria's poor

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The Nigerian government is launching a welfare scheme to help poor families.

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15 Responses to “Welfare deal for Nigeria's poor”

  1. Dominic says:

    Welfare is not desirable social invention, and in any case, Nigeria does not have nearly enough money to run even a minimalist a welfare system. Nor do we have the organizational backend to support such a system. What Nigerians need, more than anything else infrastructure to drive and support economic activity. Let’s have electricity, good roads, security, urban planning. If these basic needs can be met, our native creativeness will take care of the rest.

    • Amadikwa nwamaka diana says:

      Actually wat we need is good governance.Definitely they wil let go of our money n allocate it to projects dat concerns on potential needs of Nigerians.Build infrastructures, especially electricity!

    • Ernest says:

      The right of a citizen in any civilized culture is access to basic means of livelihood, weather physically challenged, unemployed or aged. That is what social security stands for. Failure to recognize the importance of social security in the society, result in high rate of violent crimes, normlessness, and other forms of societal alienation. It is time Nigerians wake up and demand their citizens right from the government.

    • Ernest says:

      What happens to a farmer in the village at 65 years old!
      What happens to a graduate, which is unemployed after 10year after graduating from the university !
      What about people with disability!
      How will such ones have access to shelter, food and medicine!

  2. alukome says:

    Dominic:

    I completely agree with you.

    However, in the interim, there are too many RIGHT NOW who need some kind of welfarist intervention. Those will be happy to be provided some relief.

  3. Ifedayo says:

    Uncle Bo,
    We still need to have some organizational setup in place to deal with the needy few. Otherwise, the money will end up in the wrong hands as usual. If government concentrates on establishing and maintaining the needed basic infrastructure, the economy will improve from increased productivity at all levels and there will be jobs and earnings for Nigerians.

  4. alukome says:

    Dayo:

    If these stop-gap welfarist programme is directed through faith-based and secular non-governmental organizations with strict performance indicators and controls set up, government can still have time to “concentrate on establishing and maintaining the needed basic infrastructure, the economy will improve from increased productivity at all levels and there will be jobs and earnings for Nigerians.”

  5. Olamide says:

    I generally agree with the comments provided so far. However, I am convinced there are those in need of immediate welfare intervention such as those with severe disabilities, the long term unemployed, the dirt poor, the mentally incapacitated etc. Such people cannot afford to wait on the long term benefits of a solid infrastructure.
    Unless we want to foster a beggar under class these people need to be catered for and given a little dignity. This will artificially narrow the bridge between the haves and have-nots in the short term and give the government time to roll out a proper infrastructure as opposed to the pay as we go patchwork projects nigeria has endured to this point.

  6. cuzamere1 says:

    Create another government-funded agency in a country full of government agencies that are plagued with civil servants who steal from them, then take the money to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of Italian shoes???

    …Yeah, genius. That’ll work. And when it does, can you please find out if Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere of Edo State South can take some of that welfare money to take care of his daughter Tara A. Uzamere??? Seems like the cheap bastard won’t take one penny of his millions to care of his own daughter. He abandoned her when she was a baby. Right now she needs money for books and tuition at Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, New York. I’m disabled so I’m not working right now. I’m giving her $100.00 tomorrow for books but it is not enough…

    Cheryl D. Uzamere
    The REAL Wife of Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere

    P.S. For more information about how yet another HONEST Nigerian politician, please visit the following websites:

    http://africandiasporal.tripod.com/thecriminalandimmoralactsofchiefehigieedoborakagodwinuzamere.

    http://www.edoradio.com/page/page/4897359.htm

    By the way, Senator Uzamere is currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for lying on his citizenship application. When he filled it out, he was married to me and Iriagbonse at the same time. He married me in 1979. He married her in 1982.

    Bigamy is not legal in the United States OR Nigeria. Check out the websites listed below if you are still foolish enough to believe that bigamy is legal in Nigeria:

    (http://www.nigeria-law.org/Marriage%20Act.htm, paragraphs 39, 40, 45, 46, 47; paragraph 49 — Nigeria must recognize foreign marriages)

    Please forgive me for having no faith in Nigeria or Nigerians. The welfare idea is dumb-assed. Just another agency for dishonest Nigerians to rip off.

    Unfortunately, some of Nigeria’s hungry are just going to have to try eating dog meat (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6419041.stm).

  7. cuzamere1 says:

    Create another government-funded agency in a country full of government agencies that are plagued with civil servants who steal from them, then take the money to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of Italian shoes???

    …Yeah, genius. That’ll work. And when it does, can you please find out if Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere of Edo State South can take some of that welfare money to take care of his daughter Tara A. Uzamere??? Seems like the cheap bastard won’t take one penny of his millions to care of his own daughter. He abandoned her when she was a baby. Right now she needs money for books and tuition at Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, New YorkCreate another government-funded agency in a country full of government agencies that are plagued with civil servants who steal from them, then take the money to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of Italian shoes???

    …Yeah, genius. That’ll work. And when it does, can you please find out if Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere of Edo State South can take some of that welfare money to take care of his daughter Tara A. Uzamere??? Seems like the cheap bastard won’t take one penny of his millions to care of his own daughter. He abandoned her when she was a baby. Right now she needs money for books and tuition at Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, New York. I’m disabled so I’m not working right now. I’m giving her $100.00 tomorrow for books but it is not enough…

    Cheryl D. Uzamere
    The REAL Wife of Senator Ehigie Edobor Uzamere

    P.S. For more information about how yet another HONEST Nigerian politician, please visit the following websites:

    http://africandiasporal.tripod.com/thecriminalandimmoralactsofchiefehigieedoborakagodwinuzamere.

    http://www.edoradio.com/page/page/4897359.htm

    By the way, Senator Uzamere is currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for lying on his citizenship application. When he filled it out, he was married to me and Iriagbonse at the same time. He married me in 1979. He married her in 1982.

    Bigamy is not legal in the United States OR Nigeria. Check out the websites listed below if you are still foolish enough to believe that bigamy is legal in Nigeria:

    (http://www.nigeria-law.org/Marriage%20Act.htm paragraphs 39, 40, 45, 46, 47; paragraph 49 — Nigeria must recognize foreign marriages)

    Please forgive me for having no faith in Nigeria or Nigerians. The welfare idea is dumb-assed. Just another agency for dishonest Nigerians to rip off.

    Unfortunately, some of Nigeria’s hungry are just going to have to try eating dog meat. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6419041.stm).

  8. OLUWAFEMI VICTOR WALSH says:

    INTRODUCTION

    The Faith in Nigeria Project envisions . . .

    . . . a Nigeria in which:

    Nigerians feel proud to be Nigerians;

    Like respect, patriotism has to be earned; it cannot be coaxed from citizens by a country that is insincere with the handling of the national treasury, practices selective justice, pays lip service on issues of social responsibility to its citizens, and is generally mediocre in all ramifications of human endeavour. A Nigerian cassava producer can be said to feel more pride in his country than the average basketball player, since the cassava farmer carries in his bosom the satisfaction of knowing that, because of his trade, Nigeria produces more cassava than any other country in the whole world. Pride in a nation does not end with the rhetoric of politicians or well meaning class room history teachers; there must be substance in the sentiment of pride, else we would have to wonder,

  9. Benjamin Raymond Oraka says:

    i am a Nigeia and i love my country so much no matter what we are gpoing through right now as a Nation, with time Nigerian will over take the world bet me. our leaders will soon realise the true reason of human existance, and i believe when they do, they will cry for Nigera, and build it to the highest level.
    thank you from Engr. Benjamin Raymond Oraka.

  10. Demas Jonah says:

    Nigeria should do something on welfare development

  11. Ds boucher says:

    To whom it may concern. I hereby would like to apy for some of support as my granddaugjters farther waz killed in lagos and we have no means ofany support as he waz thebread winner, so now she has to grow up with nothing andi feel nigeria has to support us both as my husband was.murcded thete, ease could you give me some advice. Asap pr ill have to lopk somewhete else tbs d boucher. 

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