Report: 133 Million Nigerians Living Below Poverty Line – NBS

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A survey conducted by the Federal Government and some international organizations revealed that 133 million Nigerians, representing 63 per cent of persons in the country are living in poverty.

The figure was presented at the launch of Nigeria’s Multidimensional Poverty Index, (MPI) Survey in Abuja on Thursday.

The survey was conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics, (NBS), National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office, (NASSCO), United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, (OPHI).

According to the survey, the measure used to calculate the figure was based on Multidimensional Poverty Index, (MPI) with five components of health, living standard, education, security and unemployment.

The survey, which sampled over 56,000 households across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, conducted between November 2021 and February 2022, states that 65 per cent of the poor, 86 million people, live in the North, while 35 per cent, nearly 47 million live in the South.

It identified Sokoto State as having the most poverty levels across States, with 91 per cent while Ondo has the lowest with 27 percent.

The Statistician-General of Nigeria, Semiu Adeniran, said it is the first time they will conduct a standard multidimensional poverty survey in Nigeria.

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