133 million Nigerians multidimensionally poor, says NBS –

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), more than 133 million people, or 63 percent of Nigeria’s population, are multidimensionally poor.

That’s according to the agency’s 2022 National Multidimensional Poverty Index Report, released Thursday.

The report also noted that the country’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) was 0.257, indicating that Nigeria’s poor experience just over a quarter of all possible deprivations.

“More than half of the multidimensionally poor cook with dung, wood or charcoal instead of cleaner energy sources. Severe deprivations are also evident in sanitation, health care time, food, insecurity and housing,” the report states.

The report also notes that multidimensional poverty is worse in rural areas, where 72 percent of the population is poor compared to 42 percent in urban areas. About 70 percent of Nigeria’s population lives in rural areas, but rural poverty is also higher: 42 percent in rural areas compared with 37 percent in urban areas.

It also added that 65% of the poor (86 million) live in the North, while 35% (nearly 47 million) live in the South, while poverty levels vary widely across states, with the proportion of the population (incidence) living in multidimensional poverty From 27% in Ondo to 91% in Sokoto.

The report also lists the poorest states, including Sokoto, Bayelsa, Jigawa, Kebbe, Gombe and Yobe, using the proportion of people living in poverty and their poverty levels.

The NBS noted that the Nigeria MPI (2022) survey was conducted in 109 Senate constituencies to establish a baseline for the Local Government Area (LGA) survey due in 2023 and the biennial national survey in the future.

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