An international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, has launched the “End Extreme Poverty Now’ campaign, calling on governments, corporations and citizens to break the cycle of extreme poverty in the country.
According to the organisation, the campaign focuses on three critical areas, which are the empowerment of adolescent girls across the world, breaking systemic barriers that keep people trapped in poverty, and taking action on climate change.
The campaign is supported by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed; President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa; President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo; President of the Republic of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema.
The Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama, and former Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is expected to feature a calendar of major global events.
The events include the presentation of the Global Citizen Prize, the Global Citizen NOW Leadership Summit, the 10th Anniversary Global Citizen Concert in both New York and Africa, and the Global Citizen G20 Summit, which would be held in Bali, Indonesia.
Also, the organisation noted that it will rally millions of citizens throughout 2022, to demand that the world’s top political and business leaders stop delaying actions with longer-term timelines and focus on what needs to be done.
Speaking on the initiative, the Country Director, Global Citizen, Maimuna Maine, said the campaign will meet the needs of young women with immediate support for school meals, access to education, and health, including sexual and reproductive health services.
Founder of Lagos State Food Bank, Michael Sunbola, who spoke on breaking the systemic barrier to food security, nutrition, and livelihoods, said food security should be prioritised by directing significant climate adaptation resources to rural communities and smallholder farmers.
On his part, the Executive Director, Enough is Enough (EiE), Yemi Adamolekun, emphasised the need for political education, urging all non-governmental organisations to pay attention to government policies and governance issues as their interventions would help the citizenry make informed decisions.
Expressing support for the initiative, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said: “It is alarming to learn that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the very rich were getting richer and the very poor, poorer.
This is untenable and a threat to the future of mankind. Global Citizen is right; we must be our brothers’ keepers. We must act right now!”