Zamfara Home To Highest Number Of Poor Nigerians

 Zamfara Home To Highest Number Of Poor Nigerians

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According to data from the National Social Registry, Zamfara State has the highest number of the poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria, with a record of 3,836,484 people from 825,337 households.

The Communications Manager of the National Social Safety-Net Coordinating Office, Joe Abuku, who made the data available, said the Federal Government has documented 35,267,966 poor and vulnerable Nigerians in its National Social Registry as of May 31, 2021.

NASSCO was established in 2016 through a partnership between the Federal Government and the World Bank to help end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.

The NSR was created as a core mandate of NASSCO to keep a reliable database of poor and vulnerable households in Nigeria.

According to the data, while Zamfara State has the highest number of documented poor and vulnerable people, Ekiti State has the least number of 94,923 from 32,949 households.

Kebbi State recorded 3,745,427 poor and vulnerable people from 807,261 households, while Kano recorded 2,697,160 people from 542,764 households.

Borno State recorded 157,841 people from 30,957 households, while Ondo recorded 171,119 people from 48,518 households.

The Federal Capital Territory documented 511,353 people from 141,776 households, while Lagos recorded 1,848,767 people from 466,120 households.

However, the World Bank recently said in its ‘Nigeria Development Update’ report, that inflation pushed about seven million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020, despite the poverty alleviation programmes established by Muhammad Buhari’s regime.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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