5 Nigerian Government Poverty Alleviation Schemes That’ll Vex You

October 28, 2020

President Buhari’s last televised message to Nigerians has been living in my head, rent-free. Not only did he ignore most of what he was supposed to talk about, he somehow used most of the time to brag about how much his government has done to alleviate poverty in Nigeria. Which is insane because:

This happened in 2018 btw. 3 years after Buhari came into power.

Buhari’s constant bragging made me look up some of the poverty alleviation schemes that have been initiated by members of the government since he came into power in 2015. Here are 5 I found.

1) That time the First Lady of Bauchi State distributed bags of pure water to women as start-up capital.

Yes. In June 2020, Dr Aisha Bala Muhammed empowered some women in the state by giving them 10 bags of pure water each so they could start businesses with. To understand how insane this is, a bag of water costs like N100. You do the math.

2) That time a member of the Zamfara House of Representatives distributed basins, coal irons, and detergent to the youths.

Kabiru Amadu, popularly referred to as Mai-Palace, did this in July 2020 as a way to empower the youths in his constituency.

3) That time the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, flagged off a Federal Government Special Grant of N20,000 to 700,000 rural women.

Financially empowered with N20,000? Girl…

4) That time the Nigerian Presidency’s Twitter account announced that payments of N30,000 were ongoing to 330,000 artisans across Nigeria in an Artisan Support Scheme but this happened:

Girl, I…

5) That time they gave out tricycles and moped scooters.

This is funny and infuriating because whenever Nigerian youth do exceptional shit in world-class fields (e.g. Paystack’s recent acquisition), the government tries to take credit for it.

But keke napeps are their idea of youth empowerment. Tueh.

Zikoko Donation Banner

Help Zikoko keep making the content you love

More than ever, people are turning to Zikoko for stories that matter and content they love. But still, we, like many media organisations, are feeling the financial heat of these times. If you find us valuable, please make a contribution to help keep Zikoko zikoko-ing.

Thank you for your support.

We are also cool with Crypto.

Donation Close
Zikoko Logo

Complete Your Commitment

Donation confirm

Your Contribution is confirmed! Amount

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

December 4, 2020

Lawal Adijat Opeyemi of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) will be contesting in the Lagos East Senatorial by-elections which is scheduled to hold this Saturday, December 5, 2020. The by-election became a necessity after the death of Senator Bayo Osinowo earlier this year, who represented Lagos East Senatorial district, following a brief illness. A […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

March 24, 2020

While we know that a lot of the best Nigerian artists deservedly have fans across generations, that won’t stop us from attempting to guess how old you are based on your taste in Nigerian music. So, take this quiz to see if we got it right:

November 19, 2019

Regardless of what society has tried to tell us, enjoying sex is not something to be ashamed of. So, in a bid to celebrate our generation’s sexual agency, we’ve created a quiz that will accurately (again, keep your complaints to yourself) infer how many people you’ve spelt with. Try it out: 11 Quizzes For The […]

November 27, 2019

Do you have a face that could make angels jealous, or should you really be walking around with a nylon bag over your head so you don’t scare children? Well, this quiz is here to answer that by telling you exactly how good-looking you are. Take and find out: 11 Quizzes For People Who Aren’t […]

January 2, 2020

Do you have even a single romantic bone in your body? Well, if you’re not sure about just how sweet and thoughtful you can be to someone you love, that’s what this quiz is here to answer. 11 Quizzes For Nigerians Who Are Ready To Marry  Are you ready to marry? Take these quizzes.

More from Citizen

January 28, 2022

Today’s subject on Abroad Life visited Seychelles in 2021 and got the shock of her life when the airport officials found out her nationality. She takes us through the ordeal she endured at the airport which went as far as digital privacy invasion and getting her passport seized, and why she decided not to leave immediately

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X