Increase in General Price Level
Dr. Yemi Kalejaiye - DG, National Bureau of Statistics

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says more than 82.9 million Nigerians are poor by national standards. The NBS made this known in its report on Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria 2019, released on Monday. The Bureau explained that the figure showed that 40.1% of the total population was classified as poor.

In other words, an average of four out of 10 individuals in Nigeria had real per capita expenditures below ₦137,430.00 per year. This means monthly income of an individual in this category is less than ₦11,500 while income per day is ₦38.00

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% poverty headcount rate followed by Taraba with 87.73 %, then Jigawa which has 87.02% and Ebonyi with 79.76%.

It disclosed that Lagos, Delta, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo and Anambra States had the least in terms of poverty level. NBS stated that Lagos State has 4.50% poverty headcount rate and it is been trailed by Delta with 6.02% followed by Osun State with 8.52%.

Meanwhile, after Osun, Ogun was next with 9.32 %, while Oyo had 9.83 and Edo had 11.99 % as well as Anambra with 14.78%. #Bureau of Statistics says 40.1% of Nigerians are poor