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10 Poorest States in Nigeria

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According to the National Bureau of Statistics.

Nigeria is a country blessed with numerous natural resources among which crude oil is the most important.

Crude oil has over tome become the driving force that supports the Nigerian economy.

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This has made the country to be over dependent upon the crude oil revenue and other sources of revenue have been neglected.

Some states in the North have felt this blow tremendously.The poorest states in Nigeria, according the National Bureau of Statistics(2015), have a poverty rate of up to 70%.

Below are the 10 poorest states in Nigeria

1. Sokoto  81.2%

Sokoto is located in the extreme Northwest with very dry climate conditions. The temperature sometimes goes up to as high as 45oC on a normal day.

The majority of the state comprises of rural areas and more than eighty percent (80%) of the inhabitants of Sokoto are engaged in one form of agricultural practice or another.

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2. Katsina 74.1%

Katsina state is found in the North central part of Nigeria. The people of Katsina are predominantly farmers and this state ranks as the second poorest in Nigeria with a poverty rate of 74.5%.

3. Adamawa 74.2%

This state is located in the North East and was carved out in 1991 from the now non-existent Gongola state.

It has a poverty rate of 74.2% and this has been worsened by the recent attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group. This has also caused further disruption of its economic development and growth.

4. Gombe 74.2%

This state is located in the North East and was carved out from Bauchi state. It has a poverty rate of 74.2%.

The people of Gombe are also predominantly farmers. Mineral deposit and petroleum deposits have recently been discovered in the state.

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5. Jigawa 74.1%

Jigawa state is located in the North West of the Nigeria and was carved out from Kano state. The predominant tribes here are the Hausa and Fulani and it has a 74.1% percent poverty rate.

Focusing more on agriculture can however help these states to become more productive and economically viable.

6. Plateau – 74.1%

Plateau State is the twelfth largest state of Nigeria, and is roughly located in the center of the country. Governored by Jonah Jang of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Plateau has naturally col climate and a wide range of tourist attractions and boasts of a bubbling state capital, Jos.
The state is haunted by some terrorist attacks and tribal clashes from time to time, especially clashes between Fulani herdsmen and its inhabitants.

7. Bauchi – 73%

Bauchi is a Northern Nigerian state formed in 1976 when the former North-Eastern Stat ewas broken up.

In Hausa the word Bauchi meansthe land of freedom and tourism. However recent Boko Haram adventures in the area, though few, have driven tourists away from the area.

Last year Gov. Isa Juguda told Arewa that economies of Northern states is finished due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

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8. Ebonyi – 73.6%

Created by Gen. Sanni Abacha in 1996, Ebonyi is the only south eastern state among the top 9 poorest country. It is governed by Martin Elechi who currently claims his enemies have set aside N3bn for his impeachment.

The state is besieged by corrupt office holders and the EFCC recently froze accounts of the state’s local governments.

9. Kebbi – 72%

Kebbi State is a north-western Nigeria state formed from part of Sokoto State in 1991. It is bordered by Sokoto State,Niger State,Dosso Regionin the Republic of Niger and the nation of Benin.

There isn’t much to be written about the state’s economy but things are looking up. The recently concluded Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport (SABIA), stands out as one of Nigeria’s most sophisticated airports and is expected to boost the state’s economy.

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10. Zamfara – 70.8%

Formed from the Old Sokoto state in 1996 and located in northwestern Nigeria, Zamfara is governed by Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party.

Agriculture is the most important occupation of the people of the state, hence its slogan “farming is our pride”

Recently the governor was blasted for the “alarming scope of economic dangers and its potential threat to the economic development of the state,” by the Zamfara Budget Working Group.

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