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Scirj Volume I, Issue V, December 2013 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Systems Study of the Impacts of ICTs on Rising Extreme Poverty in Nigeria

Emmanuel Ukpe, Mathias Fonkam , Ferdinand Che

Abstract: The rising tide of globalization over the last couple of decades has seen a corresponding increase in income gaps between the rich and poor of the world – with the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer. This has been the global pattern according to World Bank statistics [1]. However, this anomaly is even more visible within the countries of Sub-Sahara Africa where World Bank figures [2] show an alarming overall drop in house-hold incomes over the last 10 years – in fact, since the transition from colonial rule to independence, for most of these countries. World Bank statistics also reveal the emergence of a handful of extremely wealthy individuals in some of the poorest countries of this region. Many of these individuals command wealth on a global-scale; usually starched in the foreign banks of more developed countries. Nigeria presents an interesting case study of this problem. The sizeable number of its super-rich is well known to command more wealth together than the national Government, yet in numbers, this population is dwarfed, manifold, by the large pool of those living in extreme poverty. The rate at which that pool has been rising is alarming. This paper seeks to shed a perceptive light on this dynamics of the widening divide between the rich and poor in Nigeria. In particular, we will examine the critical role that ICTs can play in helping reverse that trend.

Reference this Paper: Systems Study of the Impacts of ICTs on Rising Extreme Poverty in Nigeria by Emmanuel Ukpe, Mathias Fonkam , Ferdinand Che published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume I, Issue V, December 2013 Edition, Page 54-59 ".

Search Terms: Nigeria, ICT, Poverty, Sustainable, Development

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