Academic Leadership: The Online Journal (2003-2012)


John Inyang


Poverty has become a major socio-economic problem in present day Nigeria. A disturbing observation about poverty in Nigeria is that it is on the increase, both in incidence and intensity despite the wide variety of national and international measures undertaken to eradicate it during the last three decades. The failure of these measures have been attributed to a multiplicity of causes, of which the most frequently mentioned and emphasized include: inadequate conceptualizations of poverty and development; failure to identify the root causes of the problem; lack of adequate organizational requirement for effective program implementation, wrong prescriptions given as solution to the problem of poverty and various combination of these shortcomings. An excursion through the vast literature on poverty and development would reveal that current perceptions of and approaches to the problem of poverty are partial in scope and often reflect the case of the proverbial blind men and the elephant, in which men mistook the individual parts for the whole beast.


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