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Poorest States In Nigeria (2021)

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Nigeria has numerous resources spread across the 36 states in the country. However, the number of people living in poverty has risen over the years. And it has continued to rise daily with the insecurity problems now posing a threat to economic activities in several states.

1. Sokoto state

Sokoto state has been ranked as the poorest state in Nigeria after having a poverty level of 87.73% in 2019. Coming from the Northern region where poverty and insecurity are most severe, the state hasn’t been able to attract foreign investors to enable it to generate revenue internally.Sokoto is said to be the largest producer of onions, tomatoes, and other perishable goods; however, the abandoned road projects littering some parts of the state threatens the development of the state. The residents need easy access to places for the distribution of their goods and services.

2. Taraba state

Taraba state is a tropical state located in the North-Eastern part of the country. It shares a borderline with the Republic of Cameron. The state has almost the same poverty level as Sokoto state, having been placed at 87.72%. The main occupation here is agriculture with a focus on commercial farming.During rainy seasons, the deplorable condition of roads in Jalingo is being exposed. Residents have always lamented on the negligence of the government on the provision of good roads which has affected the economic development of the state.

3. Jigawa state

The third poorest state in Nigeria is also coming from the Northern region. Jigawa shares a border with the Republic of Niger. Being one of the states with the largest population, the poverty level is 87.2%. The state has a semi-arid climate and depends largely on agriculture.As part of the Nigerian government’s effort to provide infrastructure for economic development, the Kurnya-Babura road at the shared border with Niger was approved for construction to promote business across borders.

4. Ebonyi state

With a poverty level of 79.76%, Ebonyi is the first state from the South-Eastern part of the country to make the list of the poorest states in Nigeria. It was created just 25 years ago. The majority of indigenes aren’t educated so the mainstay is agriculture. The state is the leading producer of rice in Nigeria.When it comes to roads, Ebonyi is one of the states that can boast of having a good motorable road, as the state of roads has kept improving. The state government is focused on providing infrastructure for the development of the state.

5. Adamawa state

The incessant attacks from Boko Haram have posed a major threat to the economy of Adamawa state. With residents on the run for their safety, business is no longer as usual. This has placed them among Nigeria’s poorest states. The poverty level is 75.41%.Road networks in Adamawa state are said to be in poor condition and requiring rehabilitation. With floods washing away some highways, the state government came to the rescue in 2019 by flagging off the construction of some of the affected roads.

6. Zamfara state

Zamfara state is another state from the Northeast affected by ongoing attacks and abduction in the country. This has led to residents seeking safety in nearby towns, with many now struggling to earn a living. With many economic activities on standstill, the poverty level is now at 73.98%.The state of the road in Zamfara is rated as being fair. There’re potholes here and there while some roads are impassable.

7. Yobe state

Yobe state is an agricultural state located in the Northeastern region. The state is the major supplier of livestock in the country, yet they are among the poorest states. The poverty level in Yobe state is placed at 72.34%.There have been reports on the improvement of road conditions in the state. Earlier this year, the state government earmarked over $29 million for road and market project execution.

8. Niger state

Niger state is the largest state in the country and it’s in the middle belt region. Widespread illiteracy and climate shock affecting agriculture contribute to the poverty rate in the state. Also, the attacks of Boko Haram in some territories have affected economic activities thus bringing the poverty level to 66.11%.The federal roads in Niger have been reported to be in deplorable states. Some of the roads need rehabilitation, complete reconstruction and others need maintenance.

9. Gombe state

Gombe state is also facing insecurity issues. It’s located in the Northeastern part of the country where the insurgency has become the order of the day. And this has brought the poverty rate in the state to 62.31%.Motorists in the state have lamented the horrible state of some roads in Gombe. Flood has swept away a larger part of the roads. This frustrates motorists while posing an economic loss to the state.

10. Bauchi state

Bauchi state is one of the destination points for tourism, with the presence of the famous Yankari Game Reserve and Wikki Warm Springs. Sadly, the state is experiencing attacks and abduction from bandits. This alone has scared away tourists and investors. To that effect, the poverty rate in the state is 61.53%.There have been road constructions in the state. There are reports that the state government has completed 10 roads while 19 others are at different stages of completion.

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