Top 5 Poorest States in Nigeria


Nigeria is a country blessed with numerous natural resources among which crude oil is the most important.

Crude oil has over tome become the driving force that supports the Nigerian economy.

This has made the country to be over dependent upon the crude oil revenue and other sources of revenue have been neglected.

Some states in the North have felt this blow tremendously.The poorest states in Nigeria, according the National Bureau of Statistics(2015), have a poverty rate of up to 70%.

Below are the 5 poorest states in Nigeria

1. Sokoto

Sokoto is located in the extreme Northwest with very dry climate conditions. The temperature sometimes goes up to as high as 45oC on a normal day.

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The majority of the state comprises of rural areas and more than eighty percent (80%) of the inhabitants of Sokoto are engaged in one form of agricultural practice or another.

It has a poverty rate of 80.2% and is the poorest state in Nigeria.

2. Katsina

Katsina state is found in the North central part of Nigeria. The people of Katsina are predominantly farmers and this state ranks as the second poorest in Nigeria with a poverty rate of 74.5%.

3. Adamawa

This state is located in the North East and was carved out in 1991 from the now non-existent Gongola state.

It has a poverty rate of 74.2% and this has been worsened by the recent attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group. This has also caused further disruption of its economic development and growth.

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4. Gombe

This state is located in the North East and was carved out from Bauchi state. It has a poverty rate of 74.2%.

The people of Gombe are also predominantly farmers. Mineral deposit and petroleum deposits have recently been discovered in the state.

5. Jigawa

Jigawa state is located in the North West of the Nigeria and was carved out from Kano state. The predominant tribes here are the Hausa and Fulani and it has a 74.1% percent poverty rate.

Focusing more on agriculture can however help these states to become more productive and economically viable.



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  1. MD' Ajijjiga

    Take out your report please…
    Your statistics is not accurate.
    And location if Jigawa state is not in North-West, but in North-Central.
    Please go back and Opdate your Report.
    You have to makesure that Gombe state is not among those poorest state’s in Ă‘igeria.

  2. Olarewaju Amos

    What Is Now The Solution Now To Nigeria Development?

  3. Goni Ibrahim Dawa

    Take the statistic of the population using sample and get the income divide it by the number of the people in that state and claim right if they fail to satisfy their need below longrun, even though the depend on agrarian product, likewise nigeria is facing the same problem of depending on single economy that is crude oil we are left behind yet undeveloped country without taking into cognizant,600 years ahead,nigerian will face a blind economic recession, forget about sokoto and other state low income,the reason of all this challenge is government has fail to advance the country technology,and industralization.

  4. Adekunle adebisi

    Who is the richest state in nigeria

  5. Ahmed

    You coated National Bureau of statistics as the source, what about the year of the report. This because the data you have on you blog are not current. Kindly update your blogs.

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