The United Nations Rescue Services (UNRS), has said Nigeria having 20 million of Africa’s estimated 40 million people living below the poverty line is unacceptable.
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The UN agency said it must be urgently addressed in the interest of future generations.
Steve Midalah, International Chairman of the organisation, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a news conference, during the unveiling of ambassadors of the organisation to realise its objectives.
According to him, the organisation is committed to reduce, if not eradicate poverty in the country, adding that there are activities and plans to achieve the organisation’s objective.
“One of the activities is the building of mass houses for those in abject poverty.
“We have concrete plans to achieve this, as those who actually needed it would be the beneficiaries.
“And this shall cut across the country,” Midalah said.
He also stated that the organisation has secured some parcels of lands in parts of the country, especially in the north, to ensure the success of the mass housing in the country.
He also stressed that the involvement of Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, in the empowerment for poor women program of the organisation, showed the seriousness it attached to tackling poverty and insecurity in the country.
Midalah said that the organisation is also out to boost rural housing scheme with a state government in the north offering the organisation 250 hectares of land for its mass housing scheme at the grassroot level.
He said the housing scheme is targeted at poor rural women who have been written off by society but will own houses to their name.
“We are also being offered a land to build 1,000 houses to boost affordable housing scheme for the Nigerian population in the FCT,” Midalah said.
On her part, Actress Tonto Dike said that her foundation will continue to make efforts to support humanity.