The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has disclosed that 130 million Nigerians are poor, with over 50% of children across the country affected.
In its 2022 Multidimensional Poverty Index Survey released in Abuja on Thursday, the NBS said the figure represents 63% of the nation’s population adding that the poverty index is mostly experienced in rural areas especially in the north with women and children being the most affected.
While the multidimensional poverty index stood at 27% in Ondo State, the figure is estimated at 90% in Sokoto state, making it the worst hit by the socio-economic issue.
In his remarks, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Adeyemi Adeniran, noted that 56,610 households were surveyed and areas such as health, education, living standards, food security, water reliability, underemployment, security shocks, and school attendance were considered.
While the multidimensional poverty index stood at 27 per cent in Ondo State, the figure is estimated at 90 percent in Sokoto state.