International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017

Theme: "Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies”

One may wonder whether the picture in this piece is really a living place for a human being. Yes, it is and it is a living place for a fellow human being in Nigeria. An old woman actually lived in this shackle until SAID erected a descent one room for her. There are millions of people across Africa that still live in such a situation. What a tragedy in a country where billions of dollars disappear into private coffers without trace.

SAID joins the international community in marking the 25 anniversary of the declaration by the United Nation's General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It is interesting to remember this celebration was first began 3o years ago by the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski—"which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty—and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty".

The world has made some progress in fighting poverty. Through the MDG's poverty was reduced to halve in many countries. The Agenda 2030 of the UN is challenge the world to eradicate extreme poverty. Regrettably, Nigerians are poorer today than they were 30 years ago. It is our ethical and moral responsibility to fight to end poverty in all its forms in the world. This is the fight SAID has nearly a decade being fight. SAID fights the root causes of poverty and their impacts in all its forms. Our vision is a world without hunger in which human rights are respected and people have the opportunity to actualize themselves.