Bishop Martins Uzoukwu of the Catholic Diocese of Minna on Wednesday appealed to political office holders to create projects that would alleviate poverty among the people of their various constituencies.
Uzoukwu told newsmen in Minna that democracy was all about meeting the expectations of the people through the provision of basic amenities that would impact positively on their development.
“Elected politicians and public-office holders must connect with their people and find out how best to alleviate poverty among them.
“They should support all economic programmes and trades of their people, irrespective of the political parties they belong,’’ he said.
He also called for the setting up of skills’ acquisition centres to train women and youths in various trades for them to become empowered.
He said that the centres would prepare the beneficiaries to with self sustaining skills to fight poverty.
Uzoukwu also advised government to institute a soft loan programme for the teeming unemployed youths.
According to him, unemployment and idleness have continued to widen the poverty gap in the country and pose a great threat to our collective existence.
He explained that providing job opportunities for the teeming youths would help to fight insurgency, cattle rustling and militancy in the country.
He appealed to Nigerians to support the efforts of the Federal Government in the fight against criminal activities by offering intelligence information to tackle crime and criminality in the society.
He said that only collective efforts from all residents would reduce crime in the society and also attract foreign investors for the overall development of the country.