THE ROLE OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) AND PLANNING IN POVERTY AND HUNGER ERADICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Charis O. Onuoha, Akujuobi C. Igwe, Ijeoma C. Anyakoha

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The field of planning and Information professionals in poverty and hunger eradication for sustainable development is a necessity for both developed and developing countries, Nigeria inclusive. This paper focused on planning and Information as an imperative to poverty and hunger eradication in sub-Sahara Africa. The highlights of the paper are conceptualization of poverty and hunger, the poverty scenario in Nigeria, reasons why poverty persist in Nigeria, necessity of eradicating poverty and hunger in Nigeria, and a review of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The paper examined the role planning and ICT towards eradication of poverty and hunger such as; the place of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) on the following: provision of information on the availability of credit facilities, provision of agro-tech information to rural dwellers, usage of demographic data in the location of public utilities to prosecute poverty alleviation programmes, dissemination of information on viable small and medium scale enterprises to both urban and rural dwellers, identifying gaps between the qualified and available jobs in relation  to facilities, location, and the affected in urban and rural areas, and awareness on misappropriation of resources for national development.


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