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After conducting a survey, the National Bureau of
Statistics revealed the 10 poorest states in Nigeria,
that is states with over 70% poverty rate.
Sokoto topped the list with poverty rate of 81.2%.
Sokoto has unfriendly climate conditions with
temperature going as high as 45C on a normal
day.Most part of the state are rural areas and over
eighty percent (80%) of the inhabitants of Sokoto
practice one form of agriculture or another.
Katsina is a state in North central Nigeria and has the
highest poverty prevalence amongst all states in the
Formed in 1991 from the extinct Gongola state,
Adamawa has of late been terrorized by the Boko
Haram terrorists, disrupting it’s economic
development and growth.
Gombe is another North eastern state which suffers
sporadic attacks from terrorists.
Plateau State is the twelfth largest state of Nigeria
haunted by some terrorist attacks and tribal clashes
from time to time, especially clashes between Fulani
herdsmen and its inhabitants.
Ebonyi is the only south eastern state among the top
9 poorest country.
Recently the governor was blasted for the “alarming
scope of economic dangers and its potential threat to
the economic development of the state,” by the
Zamfara Budget Working Group.
Niger is the state with the lowest poverty rate which
is 33.8%. It was followed by Osun (37.9%) and Ondo
(45.7%). Bayelsa (47%) and Lagos (48.6%) have less
than 50% poverty rate.
The average poverty rate in the Northwest
geopolitical zone is 71.4%, which remained the
highest in the said area. It is followed by the
Northeast region which has 69.1% and the North
central region which has 60.7%. Poverty was least
dominant in the Southwest (49.8%), South-South
(55.5%), and South-East regions (59.5%).