Lists Of The Top 10 Poorest States In Nigeria

The Poorest States In Nigeria

 In this article, we will be discussing the top 10 poorest states in Nigeria. 

In our previous articles, we wrote on the top 10 richest states in Nigeria; this poorest states list is coined from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which states that 60.9% of Nigerians were living in “absolute poverty.”

Nigeria, which is made up of 36 states, is a country blessed with mineral resources, but due to bad governance, mismanagement of state resources, and security issues, all these make some states in Nigeria.

This list is being determined by the National Bureau of Statistics, infrastructural development, the current state of each state’s economy, literacy level, security, and governance.

Most of the states in this list are located in the northern part of the country.

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Top 10 Poorest States In Nigeria

1) Sokoto State

Sokoto State happens to be the poorest state in Nigeria, which its poverty level on the high side.

Due to the harsh climate conditions with a temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, year in year out, making it hard for foreign investors to come in, the standard of living in the state is too poor, making Sokoto state number 1 on the poorest states in Nigeria.


2) Kastina State

The second on this list is Kastina State, which is located in the northern part of the country.

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As of 2019, within the space of 6 months, Kastina State had a borrowed debt of about 34 billion just to alleviate the high rate of poverty in the state, making them the 3rd state with a high debt rate in the country.


3) Adamawa State

With the high rate of insecurities and terrorism caused by the notorious terrorist group called “Boko Haram” causing Adamawa state to be among the poorest states in Nigeria.

The damages being done by the terror attack, destroying schools, markets, and other amenities forcing people in Adamawa state to live in poverty.

According to NBS ratings, Adamawa state poverty level is about 74.2% too bad.


4) Gombe State

Gombe state happens to be a good state to leave in, but all that changed when the rate of insurgency in the state became high.

Gombe State is the 4th poorest state in Nigeria due to the state’s misuse of funds, thereby destabilizing its economic growth and placing them at a high poverty rate, which is 73.2%.


5) Jigawa State

Jigawa state, which is located in the northern part of the country, is among the poorest state in Nigeria.

Although Jigawa state happens to be one of the most peaceful northern states, due to the poor management of public funds by the government people in Jigawa state tend to suffer from poverty as the poverty rate in the state is pegged at 72.1%.

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6) Plateau State

Plateau state, Capital “Jos” is among the most populated states in Nigeria and also a place for tourism. Still, nevertheless, it is also among the poorest states in Nigeria as it has also suffered a long timely tribal conflict that destroyed its economy by 71%.

Plateau state possesses natural resources that its government could have used to turn the state into one of the wealthiest states in Nigeria. However, sadly, plateau state still falls among the top 10 poorest states in Nigeria.


7) Ebonyi state

Ebonyi state located in the southeastern part of the country happens to be the only eastern state on this list.

Ebonyi state happens to be among the most productive(Highest Producers Of Locally Made Rice) and industrious eastern parts of the country. Still, due to the high level of illiteracy and bad governance that has persisted in the state for a long time,  the poverty level of the state is pegged at 70.6%.


8) Bauchi State

Bauchi state is being included in this list due to high insurgency, economic instability, incompetence, and mismanagement of the public funds by the government.

The poverty level in Bauchi state is at a high rate of 73%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.


9) Kebbi state

Kebbi state, which was created in the year 1991, since its inception, the state has been bedeviled by unemployment, a high level of illiteracy, weak economic political, and bad governance, which has given them a place on this list.

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Even with the increase of Kebbi state’s agricultural production between 2003 and 2006 by farmers, its poverty rate still stands at 72%.


10) Zamfara State

The 10th poorest state in Nigeria goes to Zamfara state, with its poverty rate pegged at 70.8%.

Despite its large landmass size and agricultural strength, Zamfara state still falls under the top 10 poorest states in Nigeria list, with its poverty index rate at 70.8%.


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