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No Poor Person Should Go To Bed Hungry- Philanthropist.

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

As the poverty gap in Nigeria continues to widen, a non-governmental organisation, NGO, ‘Drugs for the Needy’ is in the vanguard to ensure no poor person goes to bed hungry.

Speaking to Journalists on the sidelines of an event to mark the international World Food Day recently, the Founder of the organisation, Nigerian philanthropist and top-class pharmacist, Mr. Vast Emordi called on healthy Nigerians to help cater to the needs of the poor in society saying – no poor person should go to bed hungry

He further urged that food and drugs should be provided by either the government or rich Nigerians to make life easy for the poor.

According to Mr Vast “Poverty and growing inequality is one of the underlying causes of food insecurity. He added that Poverty erodes the rights to adequate food, housing, health, safe water, education, and others.

While quoting the United Nations on food security Mr. Vast said” Poverty and human rights such as the right to food and social security are interrelated. The right to adequate food is a basic human right, yet hundreds of millions remain food insecure.

On social protection, he harped on the need for social protection stating that” That can play a vital role in the progressive realization of the right to adequate food for all. Social protection programmes contribute to the eradication of poverty and hunger by transferring resources to people living in poverty, enabling them to generate income, protect their assets and accumulate human capital.

He revealed that Drugs for the Needy was created out of the need to support the poor who are unable to buy drugs and food whenever they fall ill.

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