The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS has said 82.9 million Nigerians (40.1 percent) of the population are poor.
This was revealed in its 2019 Poverty and Inequality in Nigeria study released on Monday.
The stat involved data on household and individual demographics (age, gender, marital status, among others), access to education, health and basic services, employment, assets, and income.
According to NBS, with Nigeria’s 40.09 percent poverty rate, the nation still have 12.85 percent poverty gap index and 5.63 percent poverty squared gap index.
On the urban and rural scale, Nigeria recorded 18.04 percent poverty rate in the urban areas, 4.47 percent gap index and 1.68 percent gap square index, the in the rural areas the study shows 52.10 percent poverty rate, 17.42 percent gap index and 7.78 percent gap square index.
On the state by state basis, Sokoto and Taraba led with 87.73 percent and 87.72 percent poverty rate respectively, while Lagos and Delta state led the chat on the less poverty ravaged states with 6.50 percent and 6.02 percent.