Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, yet three in every five Nigerians live in poverty. Inequality has reached such extreme levels that the country’s five richest men – worth $29.9 billion – could lift 86 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty for one year. Worse still, poverty continues to rise, as recent reports suggest that Nigeria may become the country with the poorest people in the world by 2018.
Our economy has grown without creating adequate opportunities for the broader population. Resources are unevenly distributed, resulting in persistent inequities across generations and regions. The poor are poor because the rich are rich; such an exclusion of the common man in the growth process hinders long-term economic growth and weakens national solidarity, evident in recent terrorist activities and calls for restructuring. Inequality in Nigeria is worse than it looks, social infrastructures dilapidating, incessant strike has become part of the education curricular, unemployment has become a norm for graduates, social unrest and violence has become the order of the day; this and other factors increase the chances of the poor getting poorer.
If only we all could make our parts in making the life of the deprived communities better, life would be better. As an organization concerned with the health status of individuals in or living in a deprived state, we provide medical assistance and develop medical intervention programs to make life liveable. When there is life, they say there is hope, and that’s why our watchword is; Hope, Love, and Peace.