National Poverty Eradication Programme

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National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) is a 2001 program by the Nigerian government addressing poverty in Nigeria and related issues. It was designed to replace the Poverty Alleviation Program.


Poverty in Nigeria remains significant despite high economic growth.[1] Nigeria has one of the world's highest economic growth rates (averaging 7.4%[2] over the last decade), a well-developed economy, and plenty of natural resources such as oil. However, it retains a high level of poverty, with 63% living on less than $1 per day,[3] implying a decline in equity. There have been governmental attempts at poverty alleviation, of which the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and National Poverty Eradication Council (NAPEC) are the most recent ones.[1]


National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) is a 2001 program by the Nigerian government aiming at poverty reduction, in particular, reduction of absolute poverty.[1] It was designed to replace the Poverty Alleviation Program.[1] NAPEP and NAPEC coordinate and oversee various other institutions, including ministries, and develop plans and guidelines for them to follow with regards to poverty reduction.[1] NAPEP goals include training youths in vocational trades, to support internship, to support micro-credit, create employment in the automobile industry, and help VVF patients.[4]

The program is seen as an improvement over the previous Nigerian government poverty-reduction programmes.[1] According to a 2008 analysis, the program has been able to train 130,000 youths and engaged 216,000 people , but most of the beneficiaries were non-poor.[4]


Several concerns over corruption have been raised.[5]

In late May 2011, the program website was targeted by Nigerian hacktivists during the inauguration of Goodluck Jonathan.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mike I. Obadan, POVERTY REDUCTION IN NIGERIA: THE WAY FORWARD, CBN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL REVIEW, VOL. 39 N0. 4 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cenb" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ Nigeria: Country Brief, Worldbank
  3. ^ Nigeria: Overview, DFID
  4. ^ a b Karl Wohlmuth; Reuben Adeolu Alabi; Phillippe Burger (November 2008). New growth and poverty alleviation strategies for Africa: B and regional Perspectives. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-3-8258-1542-4. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Nicholas Ibekwe, N600m stolen from poverty eradication programme
  6. ^ Cyber-hacktivism, The Economist, Jun 9th 2011

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