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Education, A Major Tool To Combating Poverty and Corruption – Elisha Mamman Tells Youths

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A young entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Elisha Mamman, has called upon youths in Nigeria to reposition themselves and be prepared for the challenges ahead.

Elisha, who is the Convener/pointsman of “The Winning Mindset”; a motivational platform has called out to youths in the country, to embrace education and see it as the right weapon that can be applied in fighting poverty, which he described as a “common enemy”.

The motivational speaker made this call during the 2ND Year Anniversary of ‘The Winning Mindset platform in Kaduna,  which also coincided with a Symposium organized for members of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Kaduna South Zone, titled: Poverty, Corruption and Insecurity in Nigeria; “A Fight For Today”.

During his presentation at the Symposium, Elisha noted that, according to the United Nations SDGs vision, eradicating poverty is the No 1 goal. It is simply because every other thing stems from this single epidemic.

“Poverty”, according to him, “as an enemy; though Man-Made, is surely an enemy worth fighting against.

“We must take a firm stand against poverty because, if we don’t, the poor will eventually make life uncomfortable for the rich”, he stated

“Using Global World Poverty clock, the convener noted that Nigeria in 2018, overtook India as the world’s poverty capital. India with a population of 1.3b has 71.5m people living in extreme poverty while Nigeria, with a population of about 200m people, has 86.9m of her population living in extreme poverty. Which means; they live below $1.90 (N684)”, he said.

Revealing that eradicating poverty is no longer an option for any of us as individuals, communities or nation, Elisha Mamman stressed that poverty has consistently, unleashed its power on the citizenry and has left in its wake, devastating effects on humanity and the environment.

“Its effects are far-reaching for some, considering the emotional, health and psychological impact on the lives of many Nigerians. We must take a stand and fight this scourge with all that we have so that, we can make Nigeria a better place for all. Corruption can be traced to poverty and poverty can be traced to corruption”, he disclosed.

Calling on members of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, to see this as a challenge, the youth entrepreneur urged them to see this as a matter of urgency and make up their minds to overcome it; not just for themselves but, for their families and country.

“If we truly want to deal with this enemy, we should equip ourselves with these ammunitions, which are: Education; Invest in skill acquisition; and Create solution to the nations problem.” he added.

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