Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 January 2013

Nigeria: 'Poverty Rating of Sokoto Faulty'

The recent rating of Sokoto State as the poorest in the country by the National Bureau of Statistics [NBS] has been described as incorrect and faulty.

The Good Governance Initiative in a press statement signed by its national president, Innocent Okadigbo and the National secretary, Saleh Muhammed rejected the NBS data which put Sokoto poverty rate at 81.2 and made it the state with the highest poverty rate in Nigeria.

It said "our attention has been drawn to the NBS rating of Sokoto state as the poorest in the country. We wish to register our disagreement on this. A State that was recently rated as 2nd in Internally Generated Revenue in the country by the Central Bank of Nigeria is not poor by any standard because it is the wealth generated in the state that gave it such huge IGR"

It added that citizens of Sokoto State are predominantly farmers noting that farming in the state has transformed from mere subsistence to large scale which makes it possible for the people to produce enough food for themselves, other states and the neighbouring countries.

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