The consequences of poverty in our society include:
1. Poor quality life
2. Inaccessibility to education
3. Proneness to violence
4. Tendency for criminal activities.
1. Poor Quality Life: Poor quality life means the absence of basic and essential things of life such as good drinking water, education, clothing, good food, good roads, electricity, good health care system. Most people in developing countries find themselves in this ugly situation and they constitute the bulk of the entire world’s population. Poverty stricken families can hardly afford good and balanced food and medication and improved life necessities. Some of them live in urban or city slums, shanties and exposed shelters with poor environmental sanitation, poor drainages etc. This exposes or makes people very vulnerable to diseases.
2. Inaccessibility To Education: Access to formal education is not common to Nigeria. The cost of education is high and out of the reach of the common man. Despite the efforts of the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme, education has continued to be the privilege and right of the rich in the society. Education conquers poverty by providing an opportunity for a secure future. Lack of quality education therefore encourages poverty.
3 And 4. Violence And Tendency For Criminal Activities: There is an adage that, “a hungry man is an angry man”. When people are poor and lack the necessities of life, they resort to violence and criminal activities for survival. Violent crimes like armed robbery, hostage taking, kidnapping, murder are now on the increase in the society due to most youths are unemployed and jobless. Poverty is a great threat to human existence, that is why governments must do everything possible to eradicate poverty. Drug abuse, drug trafficking, child trafficking and prostitution are consequences of widespread poverty in our society.