The poorest states in Nigeria have been revealed, according to the UK Economic Research Center within Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) 2014 report revealed that Bauchi led the chat.
The report also puts the percentage of Nigerians living in poverty at 43.3 per cent, as it stated that Bauchi State has the highest percentage of people living in extreme poverty, followed by Kebbi State.
According to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (2014) “Nigeria Country Briefing”, which measured multidimensional poverty index (MPI) for Nigeria noted that 19.3 percent of the population remained vulnerable to poverty while 25.3 percent of Nigerians live in severe
The report further stated that 26.6 percent of Nigeria’s over 170 million people are destitute, while 68.0 percent and 84.5 percent of the Nigerian population lived below $1.25 per day and $2 per day respectively in 2010, the report said.
In its report, it highlighted that, a person is identified as multidimensionally poor (or ‘MPI poor’) if they are deprived in at least one third of the weighted indicators, including years of schooling, school attendance, child mortality, nutrition, electricity, sanitation, water, floor, cooking fuel and assets. These 10 indicators are grouped under three dimensions; education, health and standard of living.
Nigeria’s 10 poorest States, according to the report are:
– Bauchi, with the highest percentage of MPI poor.
– Kebbi State