Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State over the weekend condemned the uneven distribution of resources within Nigeria, stating that such attitude will only keep a great number of Nigerians in abject poverty.

Aregbesola who said this while playing host to Nigerian Guide of Editors (NGE) in Osogbo, the Osun State capital attributed the ravaging poverty in Nigeria to lack of productivity amongst majority of Nigerians, saying more than 70 percent of the nation’s oil resources goes to less than one per cent of the total population.

The governor berated over-concentration of the nation’s common wealth in the hands of the few, without pragmatic economic will for productivity and sustainable development.

Aregbesola said the menace of abject poverty amongst Nigerians would remain for a long time if the consciousness of hard work and value-added engagements were not institutionalised.

“If we have ever paused to ask why we are how we are in this nation, we will discover that lack of productivity is at the root of our economic problems.

“The large chunk of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of few while majority wallow in abject poverty, and these resources are not utilised for any development.

“Sadly, work does not pay in Nigeria today as those who work very well are the most poor. Our inability to develop values out of nature brought us to this abysmal level of poverty.

“For as long as we don’t work for this wealth, it will lead to lack of productivity, work must be the major attraction for all of us rather than our heavy reliance of rent seeking oil economy of the present,” Aregbesola stressed.

While acknowledging the indispensable role of the media in democratisation and nation-building, Aregbesola,however, cautioned media practitioners on the need to be conscious of the impact of what they write on the society.

Author: Yemi Olarinre