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Deepening Poverty

Mr Adeniji has 3 kids. Not too many. After a long stay on the unemployment line, he secured a job with Kyke logistics.

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Mr Adeniji has 3 kids. Not too many. After a long stay on the unemployment line, he secured a job with Kyke logistics. He feeds his family from the job. He has no insurance. He could easily be hit by a drunk driver on Lagos roads. But he has to eat.

He resumes Monday. The staff are huddled. The promoter of the business is closing.

Reason: renewal of licenses are high and cost of doing business is crazy. The promoter will use his savings to buy treasury bills.

The Minister of Finance had announced the plan of govt to create jobs. To reflate the economy. To alleviate poverty.

Her colleague in another Ministry is thinking how to raise revenues. Not necessarily for government, but to fund crazy procurement. To award contracts to take cuts. The colleague has a list of requests from NASS. The oversight committee members that have allowed him/her get away with some shady deals.

Mr Adeniji goes back home. To tell his spouse that he is now jobless. He cannot pay rent. He will connect light illegally to avoid new tariffs. He sits down worried. How does he support his mother in the village? He feels the suffocating pressure.

Poor coordination, a lack of a shared strategy, the lack of consultations with the industry, sends thousands out of jobs. Another is planning street cleaning for those that have no jobs.

One is fetching water into a leaking drum. One has put holes in the drum.

The painful part of the story? Mr Adeniji is ready to fight to the death anyone accusing Buhari of poor leadership!

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