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Alleviating Poverty in Nigeria through the Improvement of the Labour Conditions in the Informal Economy

A Socio-ethical Enquiry


Samuel Rapu

«Just wage and just working conditions have always occupied a central position in Catholic social ethics. The social teaching of the Catholic Church has however preoccupied itself for a long time with the employment relationships in the formal economy. Consequently, the self-employment and the other individual economic activities in the informal economy, highly important in developing countries, have until now not been ethically reflected upon. In this excellent study, the author takes the Nigerian situation as a point of departure from which he offers new opportunities for developing a poverty alleviation strategy that aims, above all, at creating Decent Work opportunities in the informal economy. This is indeed an excellent contribution not only to the further development of the Catholic social ethics for the African context but also to the current efforts in the continent at reducing poverty in a sustainable way.»
Professor Dr. Bernhard Emunds, Frankfurt am Main


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My profound gratitude goes first and foremost to God almighty. “What I am now, I am through the grace of God.” (1 Cor. 15:10). My gratitude goes also to Aid to the Church in Need and to the Catholic Diocese of Fulda, Germany for partly financing this project. I would also like to specially thank my bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Michael Elue for giving me the permission to proceed on further studies and also for his immense support. Special thanks also to His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Akubeze, the then chairman of the Further Studies Commission. Thanks also to someone who was like a father to me, the late Bishop Emmanuel Otteh. My sincere appreciation goes also to my moderator, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Emunds and to the second Moderator, Prof. Dr. Josef Schuster S.J. for their faithful guidance. Thanks also to the entire staff of the Nell-Breuning institute, especially Markus Demele and Wolf-Gero Reichert. I also express my in-depth gratitude to the numerous authors whose works I have consulted for this dissertation. I am indeed indebted to my brother-priests and colleagues from whom I was privileged to draw inspiration at various stages of my doctoral programme: Rev Fr. John Nwanze, Rev. Prof. Dr. Patrick Isichei, Right Rev. Msgr. Dr. Peter Uzor, Rev. Dr. Pius Benson, Rev. Dr. Clement Akinselonyi, Rev. Dr. Hubert Opara, Rev. Dr. Jude Okocha, Rev. Dr. Blaise Okpanachi, Rev. Dr. Ifeanyi Emejulu C.S.Sp, Rev. Frs. Augustine Aghogba, Vincent Jijingi, Augustin Nkwain, Joseph Abitiya, Norbert Uchuno,...

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