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Richest State In Nigeria 2013 Is Lagos; Sokoto Is The Poorest

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Jan 8, 2013 – Richest State In Nigeria 2013 Is Lagos; Sokoto Is The Poorest

Towards the end of last year, Sokoto State remained the poorest state in the country, with 81.2 per cent poverty rate, the records of the National Bureau of Statistics have shown.

According to the information on states of the federation, posted on the bureau’s website, other states with over 70 per cent poverty rate include Katsina, 74.5 per cent; Adamawa, 74.2 per cent; Gombe, 74.2 per cent; Jigawa, 74.1 per cent; Plateau, 74.1 per cent; Ebonyi, 73.6 per cent; Bauchi, 73 per cent; Kebbi, 72 per cent and Zamfara, 70.8 per cent.

The state with the lowest poverty rate was Niger with 33.8 per cent, followed by Osun with 37.9 per cent and Ondo, 45.7 per cent.

Others with less than 50 per cent poverty rate were Bayelsa State, 47 per cent and Lagos State, 48.6 per cent.

The average poverty rate of the states in the North -West geopolitical zone remained the highest at 71.4 per cent followed by North-East 69.1 per cent and North Central, 60.7 per cent.

The record showed that poverty was least prevalent in the South-West, with an average of 49.8 per cent, followed by South-South, 55.5 per cent and South-East, 59.5 per cent.

According to NBS, national unemployment rate stood at 23.9 per cent at the beginning of 2012.

There were no figures for 2011 but the 2012 statistics represented an improvement in the figures released by the bureau for 2010.

The Statistician-General of the NBS, Dr. Yemi Kale, had said 112.519 million Nigerians, representing 69 per cent, lived in relative poverty conditions.

He said this when he released the country’s 2010 poverty profile.

According to the NBS boss, the agency arrived at the 2010 figure, by collecting data from 20 million households having an average of four family members.

In that report, Sokoto had the highest poverty rate of 86.4 per cent, while Niger had the lowest — at 43.6 per cent.

It would be recalled that as at 2004, Jigawa State had the highest poverty rate of 95 per cent, while Anambra, had the lowest- 22 per cent.

For unemployment rate, Zamfara State had the highest rate of 42.6 per cent, followed by Bauchi, 41.4 per cent.

Other states with above 30 per cent unemployment rate included, Gombe, 38.7 per cent; Nassarawa, 36.5 per cent; Jigawa, 35.9 per cent; Edo, 35.2 per cent; Adamawa, 33.8 per cent and Kaduna, 30.3 per cent.

According to the records, unemployment was least in Osun followed by Kwara and Lagos.




  1. Heskay

    January 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Thank God we have least unemployment rate in kwara state . .God Have Mercy on us in Nigeria

  2. flora

    January 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM


    • Heskay

      January 9, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      This’s not rubbish, it’s just there work to do that…let’s give thanks to God that the unemployment rate is reducing @flora and gideon

  3. elijah d gideon

    January 8, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Very big rubbish, Nigeria remain unemployed.

  4. kenny

    January 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Nigeria still av a lot of wrks 2 do and problems 2 surf

  5. Sunny

    January 9, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Non since, harap non sence

  6. Hakins

    January 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM


  7. emmanuel simon

    January 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    this is pure rubbish,nigeria remains unemployed

  8. Bello

    January 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I wish the NBS explained to the readers the indices they used in arriving at this results together with explanations on how and when did they collect data for the study? We will appreciate to see how Niger State has 33.8%.

  9. Hypolite

    January 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I pray to god to give us one heart to rule nigeria to be a better one

  10. Charles

    February 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Non sence!! NBS no nothin bout nigeria.* only da kommon man on da street wl explin*** imagine niger state has da lowest rate of poverty( irony )

  11. Innocent

    April 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Robish nigeria


    May 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Nice one

  13. Hamza

    January 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    The other state should weak up & learn 4rm niger state that is it no grombling

  14. seyi

    August 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Am not surprise to hear or see that lagos is the richest;just take a look at her industrial and commercial backbone we shouldn’t be sentimental about it.Lets just pray for a better nigeria

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