Social Justice Is Key To Sustainable Development
Many African countries are disadvantaged when it comes to social welfare and economic development due to lack of social justice. The higher the level of social justice practices in a society, the faster the rate of sustainable development.
Social justice is fair distribution of communal benefits, opportunities, and privileges within a society; as well as responsibilities, such as payment of taxes.
Unfortunately in Nigeria, the leaders and many of our people ignorantly or deliberately fail to recognise and apply the principles of Social Justice as stipulated in Sections 14 and 16 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
Social justice is at stake in Nigeria because the resources of the society benefit only the interests of very few people, while majority of the people are denied basic needs and are forced to live in abject poverty.
It is just like pouring water on the head and it stops at the shoulders, without getting to the feet.
The fact that there are provisions on Social Justice in the 1999 Constitution makes it tenable in Nigeria.
Hence, there is need to create awareness by drawing the attention of our leaders to the importance of social injustice and also let the people know and demand their rights under the law for impartial share of the common wealth.
The ASJEV Initiative is appealing to the leaders’ consciences and drawing their attention to the problems of crimes and underdevelopment created by social injustice.
The areas in which government policies gives rise to social inequality and injustice include, but not limited to:
* Education, with large number of Out of School children all over the country.
* Healthcare, with high infant and maternal mortality rate.
* Housing, decent houses are not affordable to low income families.
* Youth employment and empowerment, to mention a few.
The negative impacts of lack social justice in Nigeria are many, which include:
* Insecurity due to high rate of crimes and violence.
* Untold hardship on our people, who are subjected to poor standards of living.
* Prevents the inflow of foreign investments, which results in youth unemployment and underdevelopment.
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