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SAYINGS OF THE WISE

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One of the greatest unfortunate developments confronting humanity is the fight against poverty, that requires huge funds. Unfortunately, international assistance to the African region is largely linked to disasters. Too many people all over the world are hungry. And this is dangerous to the attainment of the United Nation’s objectives of promoting peace and international understanding. “There are, in absolute terms, more hungry people in the world today than ever before; and the numbers are increasing. ‘’The gap between the rich North and the poor South is widening on current estimates, and there are little prospects of this trend being reversed”. Evidently, there is a greater need, more than ever before, for African nations to address the question of poverty and economic development that stare the citizenry in the face. As already pointed out, Food Security is of utmost concern in order to prevent the populace from starvation.’’….. Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth,Chief Emeka Anyaoku, in a paper: ”Peace and Pluralistic World” delivered in London; 1989   ‘’ …Let us recognize that extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. ‘’Let us recall that poverty is a denial of human rights. ‘’For the first time in history, in this age of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity from this shameful scourge. Let us summon the will to do it.’’…. Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; in his address on the occasion of the UN’s Year 2002 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty   “The agricultural sector in Africa has four times the power to create jobs and reduce poverty than any other sector. “That is why we make the claim that we can diminish the migrant crisis in Europe by supporting agricultural transformation in Africa. “The future of Africa’s youth does not lie in migration to Europe” nor should it be “at the bottom of the Mediterranean. “For instance, the Democratic Republic of Congo alone, with the largest land mass in Africa is ten times the size of Britain, five times the size of France and three times the size of Nigeria. ‘’In terms of agricultural, energy and mineral resources, Congo has more than the combined GDP of Western Europe and the United States.’’Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank.   ‘’Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a…

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