North Ranks Highest In Poverty And Illiteracy Levels, Says FG

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Sunday has disclosed in Katsina that the northen part of the country ranks highest in the country’s poverty and literacy index.

The Federal Government further added that it has been churning out initiatives that are directly targeted at not only improving the lots of the poverty-stricken citizens but also addressing other numerous social problems bedevilling the country and the north particularly.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Miriam Yalwaji Katagun during the launch of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Area Office complex located on Dandagoro Road, Katsina.

The minister also disclosed that illiteracy, poverty and unemployment in the north and indeed in Nigeria can be reduced by creating the necessary infrastructure for the capacity building of Nigerians.

She said: “You will recall that during his address marking the June 12 celebration of 2019, the president made a commitment to the nation that his administration will strive to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

”True to his promise, the president has been churning out initiatives that are directly targeted at not only improving the lot of the poverty-stricken in the country but also address other numerous social problems bedevilling the country, particularly the north.

”According to statistics, there are about 13-14 million out of school children in the north today. The region also ranks highest in terms of poverty and illiteracy levels. It is in this regard that I commend the ITF for its efforts to expand its existing infrastructure in order for more Nigerians to access its services.”

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Also speaking at the event, the Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph N. Ari, maintained the new ITF area office is expected to boost the output of the staff of the area office and make the activities of the fund more visible and impactful in Katsina State.

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