50.5% of poorest Nigerians had no formal education


Persons without any form of formal education constitute 50.5% of poorest Nigerians, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday reveals.

The data shows that 82.9 million Nigerians are considered poor by national standards.

In determining the poverty line, the NBS said it’s those persons living below the poverty line of $1.9 a day.

Of them all, 66.17% of the male household heads and 34.72% of the female household heads among them had no education or less than primary school education.

Whereas, 41.5% of male and 26.93% of female household heads living in poverty had only primary school education.

Those with secondary school education were 25% for male and 14.08% for female.

The data further indicated that only 18.13% of male and 5.66 of female household heads have post-secondary education.

The release of the data comes amidst growing fears of poverty increasing exponentially as a result of lockdown for over a month to curtail the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Poverty across states

Africa’s largest economy and the most populous nation in the continent, recorded a poverty rate of 40.09 percent, with the rural area accounting for the larger chuck of the figure of 52.18.

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States of Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa, reported the highest poverty incidence in the period with a poverty rate of 87.73, 87.72 and 87.02 percent respectively.

This is followed by Ebonyi Adamawa and Zamfara with a 79.76, 75.41 and 73.98

On the other hand, Lagos, Delta, Osun, Ogun and Oyo, recorded the least poverty rate at 4.5 , 6.02, 8.52 , 9.32 and 9.83 percent respectively.

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