70% of Nigerians live in poverty, says Opeyemi, Olanipekun

70% of Nigerians live in poverty, says Opeyemi, Olanipekun

Oyebanji tells Ekiti elites to emulate the philanthropy of Babalola and Olanipekun.

Senate Majority Leader Opeyemi Bamidele and Senior Advocate Wole Olanipekun (SAN) said at the weekend that over 70% of the population is rudderless due to extreme poverty, calling for concerted efforts to lift Nigerians out of poverty. called out.

They said Nigeria, where the majority of the population lives in poverty, cannot be safe and appealed to society’s elites to show concern by helping the government extend a helping hand to its people. .

This came as Ekiti State Governor Abiodun Oyebunji called on Ekiti state elites to emulate the philanthropy of Chief Afe Babalola and Olanipekun by returning to their hometowns to help their people.

They all made the remarks during the 27th Wole Olanipekun Foundation Scholarship Award Scheme and 4th Empowerment Program hosted by luminaries of the legal world in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Senate Majority Leader, who presided over the occasion, said that the people were facing difficulties of various dimensions due to past economic mismanagement, and said that the current administration was continuing to make efforts to correct the situation.

He therefore encouraged those in the privileged classes who had taken Olanipekun’s tutelage to learn from him how to give back to society and lend aid to the less fortunate.

Meanwhile, Mr. Olanipekun said in his speech: “There are many people in this country today who are hungry. There are many people who are naked and living in poverty. Many people are out of work, unable to make a living and wandering on the streets.

He said the level of poverty in the country is not only frightening but appalling. Mr. Oyebunji said while urging prominent indigenous peoples of the state to take cues from the commitment to society of Mr. Babalola and Mr. Olanipekun. I was looking at the brochure and it says over 600 people will benefit in some way. We would like the beneficiaries to start preparations to start an association and give back to the people.

“Government is looking to create access and opportunities for Ekiti indigenes to thrive. We plan to publicize it at the appropriate time and support this foundation to lift many people in Ekiti State out of poverty.” .”

Source: guardian.ng

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