2050: Buhari's Katsina State Could Become Global Headquarters Of Poverty
Statistics, graphs and projections may be boring and unattractive to you but our reality and future is in our hands and this ballooning population.
There are over 200 million people in Nigeria - we do not need a census to prove that anymore. Birth rates continue to soar but sources of national revenue continue to shrink.
The world's richest man, Bill Gates, has a message for Nigerians and the Nigerian government - "two countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the most people; the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria - will represent 40 percent of the entire world's people living in extreme poverty by 2050".
He said this while making a presentation on what needs to be done to save Africa from becoming the headquarters of poverty by 2050.
Mr. Gates presents a detailed analysis of growth patterns and increasing birth rates that could eventually hunt Nigeria if it's youth are not quickly empowered, educated and given access to basic amenities.
"If we quickly zoom in to Nigeria and say where exactly in Nigeria would we find this extreme poverty; we can see that there is a part variability of the progress here.
"As you can see from 2013 data that it is not spread evenly across the country.
"As you move towards the north, there is far more poverty than in the south. So this gap you can see there, rose quite a bit over time.
"What this means is that this poverty will soon become a feature of life in some of these places and these are places where there are the fewest opportunities", he said.
On a closer look at the most deeply rooted state where poverty could have its stronghold in 2050- Bounce News discovered it is Katsina state - the birth place of President Muhammadu Buhari.
There could be about 4 million people living in extreme poverty in Katsina state by 2050.
Mr. Gates goes on to list some of the idiosyncrasies of these places where poverty is biting deep and has the potential to bite even harder.
1. These places are prone to violence.
2. There is a lack of stability - social, economic and political.
3. These places have tasted the impact of climate change. It is making the life of subsistence farmers more difficult.
4. The government in these places is not providing primary health care and education at the basic level.
5. These places are where we are experiencing rapid population growth.
The entire presentation was published on his Youtube Channel on October 31, 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efnHiz0USQE