by Rachel Ogbu
Information obtained on the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) website reveals that Sokoto is the poorest state in Nigeia.
According to reports, the northern state has 81.2 per cent poverty rate. Next on the list is Katsina with 74.5 per cent; Adamawa, 74.2 per cent; Gombe, 74.2 per cent; Jigawa, 74.1 per cent; Plateau, 74.1 per cent; Ebonyi, 73.6 per cent; Bauchi, 73 per cent; Kebbi, 72 per cent and Zamfara, 70.8 per cent.
The record showed that poverty was more prevalent in the North as states with the lowest poverty rate was Niger with 33.8 per cent, followed by Osun with 37.9 per cent and Ondo with 45.7 per cent.
Bayelsa State with 47 per cent and Lagos State, 48.6 per cent.
The average poverty rate of the states in the North-west geopolitical zone remained the highest at 71.4 per cent followed by North-east 69.1 per cent and North-central, 60.7 per cent.
The South-west was less hit with poverty with an average of 49.8 per cent, followed by South-south, 55.5 per cent and South-east, 59.5 per cent.