The Poor: Who Will Fight for them? Brother Ledum Borloo. May God go battle for us. Quite honestly, this is often the only battle cry for the poor. But God mostly fights through the efforts of people. So we need a few good men and women that can stand up and go to war for the poor. During 1964 and 1965, Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States in speeches, first at the University of Ohio and later at the University of Michigan unveiled something he called the Great Society, with the goals of eliminating poverty and racial injustice in the United States. New major spending programs that addressed education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation were launched during this period. The program was later expanded by the Republican Nixon Administration. Programs like Medicare, Medicaid and federal spending on education which exist to this day all originated from the Great Society in the fight against poverty. In 2000, Nigeriaâ€™s Peoples Democratic Party President Olusegun Obasanjo in his own war against poverty reviewed previous poverty alleviation programs and then created the National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP) to fight poverty and create jobs for the youth, in programs like YES (Youth Empowerment Strategy), MAP (Managed Attachment program), KEKE NAPEP (transportation program) and affordable microcredit. These programs, although very small in scope, were ultimately successful after initial political and efficiency issues. However, for inexplicable reasons, the NAPEP program was in theory scrapped by President Goodluck Jonathan also of the People's Democratic Party. Fortunately, it appears that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress Party has concern for the masses and is looking at strategies for re-combating poverty in Nigeria. The bottom line is that the poor are completely powerless to combat poverty by themselves, but can be resourceful if they have a hero and his or her institutional machinery to rally behind. Clearly, the number one antidote to poverty is well-paying jobs. But to get well-paying jobs you need education, good health, skills and an enabling environment that include infrastructure and then in addition you will need temporary safety nets for those that fall through the cracks. To be a good strategy these temporary safety nets must not be allowed to morph into addictive welfare programs. Now folks, before the government comes to the rescue, we must if we can, in every community, stand up as heroes in battle to lead victims out of poverty, because they can't do it by themselves. Our hidden economics for you.
Posted: May 3rd, 2016 @ 03:11:30 AM