Poverty, unemployment, drivers of crime – Commissioner

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Poverty and unemployment have been described as conflict and crime drivers in most capitalist economies.

Plateau State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Bulus Bot made the observation while addressing newly employed staff of the outfit recently in Jos, the capital of the state.

The commissioner also observed that as the country was facing economic deterioration, governments at all levels were considering series of Public Private Partnerships to provide jobs and infrastructure.

He regretted that shortage of funds due to increasing demands and dwindling crude oil prices, which constitute the country’s largest source of income, have weakened governments’ capacities to provide jobs.

Mr. Bot noted further that with the partnerships governments are entering into, more jobs would be created, leading to greater successes against poverty and its attendant effects.

According to him, the successes in this regard are  to include the training of thousands of unemployed citizens in various trades, the absorption of earlier employed adhoc staff into the state workforce as well as the reinstatement of some 3,000 teachers dismissed by the previous administration in the state.

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