Poverty has risen in Nigeria, with almost 100 million people living on less than a $1 (£0.63) a day, despite economic growth, statistics have shown. The National Bureau of Statistics said 60.9% of Nigerians in 2010 were living in "absolute poverty" - this figure had risen from 54.7% in 2004.
The bureau predicted this rising trend was likely to continue. Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer but the sector has been tainted by accusations of corruption.
According to the report, absolute poverty is measured by the number of people who can afford only the bare essentials of shelter, food and clothing.
Before the outbreak of covid 19, the poor have been coexisting with the rich, managing the best they can. However, since the Coronavirus came, things haven't been easy. The rich have been struggling to get back on top, let alone the poor. Most people are out of jobs now, their lively hood taken due to the lockdown, people are now really suffering.
Despite the government's effort to alleviate the plight of the poor, most people haven't gotten palliatives of any sort, this is alarming as some have resulted to stealing and other vices for the purpose of survival. They may be blamed but the truth is that once someone is out of options, any idea will come to mind. The plight of the poor at this time includes.
Inability to feed: Since covid 19 surfaced, the tables have turned for most families, their bread winner might have died, is sick or lost his source of income, thus leaving his family at the mercy of his friends, relatives and the society. There are many in this situation where they have to sell their properties in order to feed.
Housing is difficult: A lot of Nigerians are unable to pay their house rents, besides someone having a problem with feeding will be unable to pay for shelter. Aside from the poor who can afford to pay their rents, we still have those who were displaced by insurgents or even flooding and the rains have come. What people without shelter go through is unimaginable.
Healthcare is unaccessible: This was seen especially during the lockdown, diabetes patients without the financial ability were not able to get their regular insulin dose. These are not the only cases, some people have to work to get the money to treat themselves and as such they go through a great ordeal.
Many are not finding it easy now, there are some scenarios that can give us a feel of what the poor are passing through.
Imagine a man whose children are crying, tears rolling from his wife's eyes and the man confused because his family is hungry and they are homeless or a woman whose husband is sick and they lack the resources to take him to the hospital, both mother and children are crying.
These are things that happen to the poor and they are more common in this covid 19 era, look around you there are many people undergoing this challenges. The plight of the poor shouldn't be ignored, we all need each other now more than ever, if we all lend a helping hand we will definitely survive this trying times.
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