Conditional Cash Transfer, Again The Rich Robs The Poor.


Dear President Tinubu,

I am writing to you today with a heavy heart, fueled by a deep sense of honesty and sincerity. As a citizen who has seen poverty firsthand, experienced its devastating effects, and developed a burning opposition to it, I feel compelled to address an issue that has been weighing heavily on my mind.

Your initial plan to share 8000 Naira monthly to poor Nigerians for six months cannot be gainsaid to be one of the most ambitious and thoughtful decisions made in recent times. 

The idea behind Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs is not new, as it has been in practice in many developed nations. These programs target extreme poverty and provide the basic needs of poor households for a fixed period of time.

Countries like India have implemented such programs with resounding success, transforming the lives of millions of the poorest citizens.

Unfortunately, this decision was met with resistance from bourgeois and elitist minds who seem to view everything through the lens of their own privileged lives. These individuals, devoid of any real experience or understanding of what true poverty entails, dismissed the notion of CCT as a waste of resources. They failed to comprehend that poverty is not only an economic problem but also a social issue that requires a holistic approach.

While I do not deny the importance of initiatives such as an efficient public transportation system and an increased minimum wage, I cannot help but question whether the poorest of the poor stand to truly benefit from these measures.

The reality is that the farmers, blacksmiths, and other marginalized individuals residing in remote villages are the ones who are most heavily impacted by poverty. They have no business in the urban or semi-urban areas where these other initiatives primarily focus.

It is imperative that we recognize the dire situation facing these individuals and provide targeted solutions to uplift them from the depths of poverty. The removal of subsidy on fuel, which would result in significant savings for the government, presents an opportunity to address both the immediate needs of the poor and invest in long-term solutions such as an efficient public transportation system.

Redirecting the savings from subsidy removal towards CCT programs would not only alleviate extreme poverty but also foster greater social cohesion and economic stability. By providing cash transfers to the poorest households, we would be empowering them to meet their basic needs, invest in their children's education, and break the cycle of generational poverty. This approach has proven effective in numerous countries and has the potential to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians.

Additionally, investment in an efficient public transportation system would not only improve mobility for all citizens but also create job opportunities, particularly for those living in remote areas. This would not only address the needs of the poor but also serve as an engine for economic growth and development. By enhancing connectivity and accessibility, we can bridge the geographical divide that exacerbates poverty and inequality in our country.

It is crucial to remember that poverty is not solely an economic issue but, rather, a result of systemic injustices, unequal distribution of resources, and limited opportunities. By adopting a comprehensive and inclusive approach, we can address the root causes of poverty and create a thriving society where everyone has the opportunity to flourish.

In conclusion, I urge you, President Tinubu, to reconsider your decision to abandon the CCT program. This initiative has the potential to uplift the lives of millions of Nigerians who have been left behind by the current economic system. By redirecting subsidy savings towards targeted cash transfers and an efficient public transportation system, we can take significant steps towards combating poverty, reducing inequality, and fostering a more inclusive society.

I implore you to lead with compassion, foresight, and a dedication to ensuring social justice for all. Together, we can build a nation where the wealthy no longer rob the poor, but rather, work to uplift and empower them.

Yours sincerely,

Mohammed Bello Doka. 
Publisher Abuja Network News. 

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