"Poverty levels vary significantly across states, with the incidence of multidimensional poverty ranging from a low of 27% in Ondo to a high of 91% in Sokoto," it said.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirms that over 133 million Nigerians live in poverty. According to the report, this figure represents 63% of the country's population.
Nigeria Breaking News Today: NBS reports that 133 million Nigerians are impoverished
The NBS revealed this in its "Nigeria Multidimensional Poverty Index," released Thursday. Reports say that more than half of the poor cook with dung, wood, or charcoal rather than cleaner energy.
According to the report, high deprivation is also evident in sanitation, access to healthcare, food insecurity, and housing. In addition, multidimensional poverty is more prevalent in rural areas, where 72% of the population lives in poverty, compared to 42% in urban areas.
According to the bureau, 70% of Nigeria's population resides in rural areas, but these areas also house 80% of the country's poor.
According to the report, the first poverty index survey released by the statistics bureau since 2010, 86 million people, or 65 percent of the poor, residing in the North, while 37 million people, or nearly 47 million people, do so in the South.
Reports also state that "poverty levels differ significantly across states, with the incidence of multidimensional poverty ranging from 27% in Ondo to 91% in Sokoto."
As for the report's claim that Sokoto, Bayelsa, Jigawa, Kebbi, Gombe, and Yobe are the poorest States, we cannot determine which of these is the poorest because of the overlap in their confidence intervals.
According to the NBS, the prevalence of monetary poverty in most states is lower than that of multidimensional poverty.
40.1% of Nigerians are poor based on the national monetary poverty line for 2018–19, and 63% of those were categorized as multidimensionally inferior based on the National MPI 2022.