82.9m Nigerians Are Poor — NBS

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that more than 82.9 million Nigerians are poor by national standards.

This was made known by NBS in its report on Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria 2019, released on Monday,4Th May,2020.

It explained that the figure showed that 40.1 percent of total population­ were classified as poor, adding that in other words, an average four out of 10 individu­als in Nigeria had real per capita expenditures below N137,430.00 per year.

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

The report indicat­ed that Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Ebonyi, Zam­fara, Yobe and Adamawa top the poorest states in the country.

The NBS said Sokoto State had 87.73 percent poverty head count 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 head count rate and it is 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.

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