Eradicating Poverty Through Technology [Writer's contest]

This is an entry for the Pulse writer's contest by Owoeye Emmanuel oluwasegun. "...If national policies are not directed to helping the poor majority in the rural areas, how then can poverty be eradicated?..."

Poor people in a rural area

Poverty, as defined by Advanced Oxford Learners' Dictionary is the state of being poor or scarcity of a quality. Most Nigerians poor are in rural areas and neglecting them is what is responsible for Nigeria's poor rating in several national well-being indices e.g. maternal and infant mortality, access to ICT, access to pipe-borne water etc.

If national policies are not directed to helping the poor majority in the rural areas, how then can poverty be eradicated? The following are the ways by which poverty can be eradicated from the societies and country as a whole through technology:-

1. Science schools should be established in rural areas so that rural kids can develop local technologies to help improve the output from local occupations.2. Technology should be adopted in conjunction with foreign experts, who will reside in the rural areas to ensure technology transfer.3. With the use of technology in local occupations especially in agriculture, output will increase, spoilage will reduce and prices of foodstuffs in the cities will drop and become more affordable to the urban poor.

4. Building of good linkage roads between the rural and the cities so as to ensure access to local and international markets. By doing this, it will help to improve their incomes and socioeconomic status. 5. Lastly, focusing on developing the rural areas will reduce rural-urban migration, reduce poverty in the villages and cities and it will also reduce crime rate.

NAME: OWOEYE EMMANUEL OLUWASEGUN

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