IWD: Group tasks FG on hardship in Nigeria

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By Naomi Sharang

The Ideal Women for Better Society (IWBS), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has appealed to the Federal Government to tackle the hardship being faced in Nigeria, ahead of the March 8 International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration.

The President/Co-founder, IWBS, Mrs Juliet Anyata, said this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Anyata urged the government to take urgent action to address the root causes of hunger and hardship in the country.

“This includes addressing poverty, inequality, and conflict, as well as providing immediate humanitarian assistance to those in need.

“We disapprove of the current crisis worsened by previous economic instability, insecurity, and climate changes, leaving many Nigerians struggling to feed and meet their daily basic needs.

“Women and children are the most affected, facing widespread food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty, and even domestic violence.

“We cannot stand idly by while hunger kills the children and husbands become depressed.

“Many widows are already living on the streets because they can no longer afford house rents, looting and kidnapping are on the rise due to aggressive hunger,” she said.

She said that data from the World Food Programme indicated that over 20 million people in Nigeria were faced with severe food insecurity with millions of children at risk of malnutrition.

“The situation is particularly dire in conflict-affected areas where access to food and essential services is limited,” she said.

Also, the group’s secretary, Mrs Linda Ameh, called on the government to prioritise support for the most vulnerable people including children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. (NAN)

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Edited by Ayodeji Alabi/Ali Baba-Inuwa

Philip Daniel Yatai

Principal Correspondent, NAN Abuja

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