Nigeria is a country blessed with mineral resources and is made up of 36 states. Her ethnic group are so diverse that more than five of these groups can be found in each state. These states are meant to be productive based on their available natural resources and are meant to have a strong and honest government capable of managing these natural resources to generate its revenue.
Unfortunately, the reverse is the case as some states are towing the poverty line down by 70 per cent.
Here, we have listed the poorest states in the country according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), using infrastructural development, state of the economy, literacy level, security and governance to compile this list of 10 poorest states in Nigeria.
Top Ten (10) Poorest States in Nigeria 2019
1. Sokoto state
Sokoto state is rated as the poorest state in Nigeria, ranking 81.2% on poverty level. Its harsh climate conditions has made it a no go area and has prevented foreigners and foreign investors from investing in the state. It is also the seat of the Caliphate.
2. Kastina state
Located at the deepest part of the North-Western area of Nigeria, Kastina state made it in the list of poorest states in Nigeria because it has fewer or no solid investment or sector that generates revenue for the state. It is the home state of the present President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.
3. Adamawa state
Adamawa state has nearly been brought to her knees due to the incessant attacks of the deadly Boko Haram sect. Adamawa state’s economy has crippled as a result of its citizens fleeing from the state because of safety. It has affected the state poorly to a poverty level of 74.2%. It is the home state of former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar.
4. Gombe state
Gombe state is located in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. She is also facing security issues which has, in turn, crippled her economy to a 73.2% poverty level.
5. Jigawa state
A state situated in the North-Western part of Nigeria and basically populated with the Hausa/Fulani tribe. With low a literacy level and low economic growth, the poverty level of Jigawa state stands at 72.1%.
6. Plateau state
Although Plateau state is one of the highest populated states in Nigeria and has some tourist attractions to her name, it has also suffered a long timely tribal conflict which has carelessly destroyed its economy by 71%. The state is also one of the coldest in Nigeria.
7. Ebonyi state
The South-Eastern state is the only state from the region to make the list that falls under the top poorest states in Nigeria with a poverty rate of 70.6%. Illiteracy is said to be high in the state. It is one of the youngest states in Nigeria. It was one of the six states created in 1996 by the then federal military government of General Sani Abacha.
8. Bauchi state
National Bureau of Statistics shows that the majority of residents in the state lack the basic amenities of life and it is a war torn zone. The mortality rate recorded after the various insurgent attack is overwhelming.
9. Kebbi state
Kebbi is a state in north-western Nigeria. Its capital is Birnin Kebbi. The state also listed among the 10 states that have the highest poverty rate in the country. Its rating is 72%.
10. Zamfara state
With 70.8 percent poverty rate, Zamfara has been ranked by the NBS among the poorest states in the country 2019. Strife, disease and hunger affects the residents of this state a lot.