Breaking—-82.9m out of 200m Nigerians are poor – NBS report

Akin Akinbobola

No fewer than 82.9 million out of the 200 million Nigerian citizens are poor, according to a recent report released by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The details of the ‘2019 Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria: Executive Summary’, released May 2020, also expatiate on the methodologies adopted to arrive at the position.

As encapsulated in the report, in Nigeria 40.1 percent of total population were classified as poor.

On the average, 4 out of 10 individuals in Nigeria has real per capita expenditures below N137,430 per year.

The food poverty line is estimated at N81,767 per person per year.

For individuals living in households whose per capita annual basic needs, in value of poverty line equal to N137,430 per person per year. The consumption expenditures is below N137,430 are considered poor by national standards.

Analysis of the Nigeria’s living standards survey conducted for year 2018/19 on the poverty headcount rate on state-to-state basis (excluding Borno State) showed that: Abia has 30.67%; Adamawa – 75.41%; Akwa Ibom – 26.82%; Anambra – 14.78%; Bauchi – 61.53%; Bayelsa – 22.615; Benue – 32.90%; Cross River – 36.29%; Delta – 6.02%; Ebonyi – 79.76%; Edo – 11.99%; Ekiti – 28.04%; Enugu – 58.13%; Gombe – 62.31%; Imo – 28.86%; Jigawa – 87.02%; Kaduna – 43.48%; Kano – 55.08%; Katsina – 56.42%; Kebbi – 50.17%; Kogi – 28.51%; Kwara – 20.35%; Lagos – 4.50%; Nasarawa – 57.30%; Niger – 66.11%; Ogun – 9.32%; Ondo – 12.52%; Osun – 8.52%; Oyo – 9.53%; Plateau – 55.05%; Rivers – 23.91%; Sokoto – 87.73%; Taraba – 87.72%; Yobe – 72.34%; Zamfara – 73.98% and FCT – 38.66%.