82.9m Nigerians Are Poor Says NBS, Reveals Poorest States In Nigeria

The latest report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has put the figure for the number of Nigerians that are poor at 82.9 million persons.

Naija News reports Nigeria has an estimated population of about 200 million people.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its report on Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria 2019, released on Monday says about 40 percent of Nigerians are poor by national standards.

It explained that an average of four out of 10 individuals in Nigeria had real per capita expenditures below N137,430.00 per year.

This means the monthly income of an individual in this category is less than N11,500 while income per day is N38.00

The report also listed Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Yobe and Adamawa as the top poorest states in the country.

The NBS said Sokoto State had 87.73 percent poverty headcount rate followed by Taraba with 87.73 percent, then Jigawa which has 87.02 percent and Ebonyi with 79.76 percent.

It disclosed that Lagos, Delta, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, and Anambra States had the least in terms of poverty level.

According to the bureau, Lagos State has 4.50 percent poverty headcount rate and it is been trailed by Delta with 6.02 percent followed by Osun State with 8.52 percent.

The report indicated that after Osun, Ogun was next with 9.32 percent, while Oyo has 9.83 and Edo has 11.99 percent as well as Anambra with 14.78 percent.

This online medium recalls Nigeria was recently listed as the poverty capital of the world.

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