Prevalence of Poverty and Insecurity Potentialities in North Western States of Nigeria: Perspectives and Challenges

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Prevalence of Poverty and Insecurity Potentialities in North Western States of Nigeria: Perspectives and Challenges

NURUDDEEN MUHAMMAD KOKO
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO, NIGERIA nmuhammadkoko@gmail.com fabijiks@udusok.edu.ng

Being the Text of Paper Presented at the National Conference on Peace and Conflict Resolution for Sustainable Unity in Nigeria, Multipurpose Conference Hall, HUK Polytechnic, Katsina. From 4th – 8th June 2012

Abstract
Poverty has continued to be the most prevalent social problem in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Equally so is the rise in insecurity of frustration bent. Yet, it is incontestable that many efforts were made by successive governments in Nigeria to eradicate poverty, but most of the measures have been fraught with frustrations and failures. Against the above background, this paper discusses the contemporary rise and trends of insecurity, often with disastrous consequences. It behooves on the North Western states to map out an interstate strategy that would ensure effective capacity building for poverty eradication. Doing so, it concludes, will plow the insecurity (threats) situation in the states.

Introduction
There is little doubt that Nigerians have reaped more deficits than dividends of poverty eradication programmes. In spite of the recorded economic growth in the country, the State demonstrates ineptness and impotence in bringing about social and infrastructural development. Thus, it can be innocuously argued that the State has failed to establish the institutional framework for the promotion, management, and maintenance of security and provision of public goods.
The case of poverty in Nigeria is undoubtedly and unequivocally critical. This is due in part to the astronomical increase in the number of those afflicted by poverty. In other words, the



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