The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that over 82.9 million Nigerians are poor by the nation’s standards.
The NBS announced this in its report on Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria 2019, which was released on Monday.
The NBS explained that the figure indicated that 40.1 per cent of Nigeria’s total population was regarded as poor. The Bureau also added that in other words, an average four out of 10 individuals in the country had real per capita expenditures below N137,430.00 per year.
By calculation, this shows that the monthly income of an individual in this category is less than N11,500 while income per day is N38.00
The report released by the NBS indicated that states like Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Yobe and Adamawa are the poorest states in the country.
The NBS mentioned Sokoto, a northern state in Nigeria, had 87.73 per cent poverty head count rate followed by Taraba with 87.73 per cent, then Jigawa which has 87.02 per cent and Ebonyi with 79.76 per cent.
The Bureau also disclosed that Lagos, Delta, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo and Anambra States had the least i poverty levels in the country.
According to the NBS, Lagos State has 4.50 per cent poverty head count rate and it is been trailed by Delta with 6.02 per cent followed by Osun State with 8.52 per cent.
The report also showed that after Osun, Ogun was next with 9.32 per cent, while Oyo has 9.83 and Edo has 11.99 per cent as well as Anambra with 14.78 per cent.
Nigeria, regarded as the largest black nation in the world, has a population of over 200 million, according to the Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations Data.