According to data from the National Social Registry (NSR), Zamfara State has the highest number of the poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria, with a record of 3,836,484 people from 825,337 households,
The Communications Manager of the National Social Safety-Net Coordinating Office, Joe Abuku, made the data available through email in response to enquiries made.
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NASSCO was established in 2016 through a partnership between the Federal Government and the World Bank to help end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
The NSR was created as a core mandate of NASSCO to keep a reliable database of poor and vulnerable households in Nigeria.
According to the data, the Federal Government has documented 35,267,966 poor and vulnerable Nigerians in its National Social Registry as of May 31, 2021.
While Zamfara State has the highest number of documented poor and vulnerable people, while Ekiti State has the least number of 94,923 from 32,949 households, according to the data.
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Kebbi State recorded 3,745,427 poor and vulnerable people from 807,261 households, while Kano recorded 2,697,160 people from 542,764 households.
Borno State recorded 157,841 people from 30,957 households, while Ondo recorded 171,119 people from 48,518 households.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had during his June 12 Democracy Speech, said he was targeting lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
“In the last two years, we lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty – farmers, small-scale traders, artisans, market women and the like.
“I am very convinced that this 100 million target can be met and this informed the development of a National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy. The specific details of this accelerated strategy will be unveiled shortly.”He said.
Contrary to what president Buhari said and despite the poverty alleviation programmes established by Buhari’s regime, the World Bank recently said in its ‘Nigeria Development Update’ report, that inflation pushed about seven million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020.