Population Displacements and Poverty in Nigeria between 1980 and 2015



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Terna Paise Agba, PhD. (2018). Population Displacements and Poverty in Nigeria between 1980 and 2015. Liwuram - Journal for the Humanities, 19(1), 136 - 146. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/liwuram/article/view/54


“Population Displacements and poverty in Nigeria between 1980 to 2015” has historicized the interface between population displacements and poverty in its various dimensions. It identifies sources of population displacement during the period to include violent conflicts, and environmental insecurity- natural disasters. The paper argues that the population displacements created fertile grounds for the exacerbation of poverty including deprivations to food, income opportunities, access to healthcare and education facilities, self-esteem, security, participation among other poverty dimensions. It also examines the roles of government, non-governmental organizations and individuals alike in salvaging the poverty conditions of the displaced persons and found out that the efforts made proved less significant due to the following factors:- lack of funds, no prior readiness to tackle population displacements, and corruption among others. The paper therefore recommends as follows: - there is the urgent need by government to locate the roots (the immediate and remote causes) of displacements and tackle them appropriately; the state and those saddled with the responsibility of seen its political affairs should ensure to give protection to the lives and property of citizens at all times. This is achievable through responsible and sensible governance that is built on democratic tenets; Nigerians on their part should uphold the principles of peace and dialogue in all circumstances. Data and information for analysis and presentation were sourced from oral, written and internet sources.


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