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Poverty Is More Prevalent In Northwest Nigeria – Report


– Poverty is said to be endemic in the northwestern region of Nigeria

– This is despite the fact that Boko Haram insurgency is restricted to the northeastern region of the country

– The report is contained in the United Nations Development Programme’s Multidimensional Poverty Index

A report has indicated that poverty is more endemic in the northwest region of Nigeria, despite the fact that the Boko Haram insurgency is restricted to the northeastern region of the country.

This report is contained in the United Nations Development Programme’s Multidimensional Poverty Index, Punch reports.

We gathered that the report indicated that states in the northwest have lower multi-dimensional poverty indices.

According to the report, five states scored least in the MDI, and they include Sokoto, Jigawa, Yobe, Kebbi and Gombe. Three of these states are in the northwest.

Four sectors are considered in measuring poverty in the country. They include health, education, standard of living and unemployment.

The global body stated: “The MPI presents the number of people who are multi-dimensionally poor and the deprivations such people face at the household level. It is the share of the population that is multi-dimensionally poor adjusted by the intensity of deprivation.

“Poverty is not merely the impoverished state in which a person actually lives in, but a lack of real opportunities due to social and other constraints and circumstances that inhibit living a valuable and dignified life.

“The concept of poverty goes beyond absence of or low income to inadequate amenities, but include health and nutrition; low education and skills; inadequate livelihoods; poor housing conditions; lack of jobs and social exclusion, as well as lack of participation in household decisions.”

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