Poverty: A Constraint to Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria’s Socio- Economic Resources During the 21st Century
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 4 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-4-April-2006
Poverty has become a major socio-economic problem in present day Nigeria. A disturbing observation
about poverty in Nigeria is that it is on the increase, both in incidence and intensity despite the wide
variety of national and international measures undertaken to eradicate it during the last three decades.
The failure of these measures have been attributed to a multiplicity of causes, of which the most
frequently mentioned and emphasized include: inadequate conceptualizations of poverty and
development; failure to identify the root causes of the problem; lack of adequate organizational
requirement for effective program implementation, wrong prescriptions given as solution to the problem
of poverty and various combination of these shortcomings. An excursion through the vast literature on
poverty and development would reveal that current perceptions of and approaches to the problem of
poverty are partial in scope and often reflect the case of the proverbial blind men and the elephant, in
which men mistook the individual parts for the whole beast.