- The NBS has named Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa as states with the highest poverty rates in the country
- The agency noted that nine in 10 people earn less than N377 per day in the aforementioned states
- Following closely behind the above states are Ebonyi and Adamawa where eight in 10 people earn N377 daily
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its 2019 poverty and inequality report revealed that Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa state have the highest poverty rates in the country.
The data published by the NBS showed that nine in 10 people earn less than N377 per day in Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa states.
The agency further disclosed that following closely behind the aforementioned states are Ebonyi and Adamawa, where eight in ten earn N377 daily.
The NBS said seven in ten earn people earn N377 per day in Zamfara, Yobe, and Niger states.
On the other hand, the NBS stated that states with low poverty rates are Lagos (5 in 100), Delta (6 in 100), Osun (9 in 100), Ogun (9 in 100), and Oyo (10 in 100).
The report indicated that 15 of the 17 states with the majority of poor residents are in the northern part of the country.
It stated that the south-eastern states of Ebonyi (80%) and Enugu (58%) are the other two poorest states.
The NBS stated that Kwara, Kogi, Benue and the FCT, all in the north-central, are the only other northern states below the nation’s poverty line.
According to the NBS, below is a list of the poorest states in Nigeria:
16. Rural Kebbi
Below is the full data from the NBS:
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria has been presented an unprecedented opportunity to reset critical sectors of its economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Osinbajo revealed this during a virtual media conference on Thursday, May 14, where the Global Citizen, announced a collaboration with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to establish the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund.
According to the organizers of the media conference, the initiative is targeted at mobilizing Nigerians both at home and abroad to support the nation’s fight against the pandemic.
Though the amount the fund will be targeting was not announced, the NSIA was revealed to act as the fund manager.
The vice president on his part described the initiative as a creative, forward-looking and thoughtful response to the challenge facing the country due to the pandemic.
In another report, a projection by the federal government has indicated that gloom awaits state governments in Nigeria as the country's federation account takes a free fall.
Federal, states and local government councils have lost massive projected revenue which will affect their plans for this year.
Accordingly, many states may be unable to meet their critical obligations, including payment of workers’ salaries, following the huge reduction in their revenue inflow from the federation account.
The states expected to share N3.3 trillion this year will not have more than N2.1 trillion.
The councils, which were projected to share N2.5 trillion will not get more than N1.5 trillion. The federal government’s share, which should have been N4.8 trillion will now be N2.4 trillion which is 50 per cent of the expected accruals.
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