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FG’s poverty alleviation interventions unimpactful as NBS declares 63% of Nigerians as very poor

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ln spite of special interventions by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, at least 63 percent of the Nigerian population of over 200 people are poor and live in abject poverty, according to a National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) survey.

The official figures released by NBS confirm that 63 percent of Nigerians are poor as at 2022.

This is contained in a report obtained by Persecondnews titled, “The National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Survey results for 2022″, launched in Abuja on Thursday.

It also states that 67.5 percent of children of ages of 0-17 years are very poor.

Buhari said at the launch that the multidimensional way of understanding poverty has been helpful in highlighting beyond monetary income based poverty measurements.

”This multidimensional way of understanding poverty has been helpful in highlighting beyond monetary income based poverty measurements.

‘The stark reality of poverty in each state’s and across the 909 senatorial district. “According to the report, the incidence of monetary poverty is lower than the incidence of multidimensional poverty across most states where 40.1 percent are poor according to the 2018/2019 National Poverty Line.

“But 63 percent, a big jump, are multidimensionally poor according to the 2022 MP1 report.

“Furthermore, this report shows that multidimensional poverty is higher in rural areas where 72 percent are poor compared to 42 percent of people in the urban area.

“So that we see that poverty at the phase of rural origin, nature and also as we soon see subsequently the phase of women,” Buhari represented by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, his Chief of Staff, said.

According to him, globally, people that are very vulnerable to poverty are very often women and children.

Buhari stressed: “It is, therefore, commendable to see that this report also include child poverty numbers. Children are a strategic population of concern as nearly all Nigerians are children under the age of 18.

“Two third that is 67.5 percent of children within the ages of 0-17 are poor according to the National MPI and 51 percent of all poor people are children.

 

“So poverty at the phase of rural, phase of women and of the phase of children.”

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