- A report by NBS on the poverty statistics in Nigeria has courted controversy
- Governor Aminu Tambuwal has rejected the bureau's record naming Sokoto as one of the poorest Nigerian states
- Tambuwal said the process NBS used to arrive at the submission does not reflect true poverty figure of Sokoto state
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Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, has raised an eyebrow against the report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) enlisting the state as one of the poorest in the country.
Reacting to the report on Monday, June 29, Governor Tambuwal described the NBS record as spuriously defective.
The governor said he does not want to engage NBS on the statistics and urged the bureau to come clean on its assessment of the states based on their poverty level.
Legit.ng recalls that NBC, in its April 2020 Nigerian Living Standards Survey (NLSS) report covering the year 2019, said nine out of ten poorest states in the country are from the northern region.
The bureau went on to name Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa states as being the poorest in the country as the poverty benchmark of Nigeria exceeded 82 million.
Governor Tambuwal said the report lacks conviction and is fundamentally defective. According to him, the process NBS used to arrive at the figure is wrong considering the fact that Sokoto state has embarked on several programmes to eradicate poverty in the state.
"We know that something must be fundamentally defective and wrong with their processes and the outcome of those processes," the governor said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as residents continue to protest in the northern part of the country against banditry and insecurity, a prominent monarch in the region, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to advice.
The respected monarch who is also the president-general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam said the president should listen even if the advice is coming from perceived enemies.
He disclosed this in a statement signed by the JNI secretary-general, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
The sultan who said Nigerians, especially northerners have the right to protest insecurity, told the government to stop condemnations and instead take decisive action.
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