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TOWARDS STAGING ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION EXERCISE IN NIGERIA

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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. In the words of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, a former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, in a papertitled:”Peace and Pluralistic World” delivered in London on March 18, 1989,Anyaoku noted that: “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 starving. It has been stated that Africa, nay, Nigeria have no reasons to be poor. The problems that create pervasive poverty are multidimensional. A key factor is that the enormous resources of Africa have not been fully tapped or utilized to the advantage of the continent. It is believed that the continent has untapped resources that outstrip those of any other region in the world. President of the African Development Bank, Dr. AkinwumiAdesina has asserted that “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.” In remarks at the 2017 G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, last year, Adesina expanded on this vision when he said that “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.’’ On its part, Nigeria, the largest economy…

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