Poorest States In Nigeria – Here Are The Top 20 In 2017
Nigeria is a country that is blessed with so many endowments and natural resources but still managed to find its way to the list of poorest countries in the world. The poorest states in Nigeria came about their current situation owing to poor governance, mis-management of government funds, corruption, inability to properly conserve our natural resources and many more. So this post is for those asking about them. We are going to be looking at them right now.
The Top 20 Poorest States In Nigeria
1. Zamfara State
Zamfara State, according to research, is said to be one of the poorest states with a 91.5% poverty rate. Zamfara State is located in the North Western region with it’s capital to be in Gusau, a population of over 2 million residents who are predominantly Hausas’.
2. Yobe State
Yobe state is the second on the list and is susceptible to attacks from terrorists and other insurgents. Home to over 3 million Nigerians, Yobe is known to have one of the largest cattle markets in West Africa.
3. Jigawa State
Jigawa State is located in the North western part of Nigeria and is home to over 2 million people who are Hausa’s with its capital to be in Dutse.
4. Bauchi State
Bauchi is the fourth poorest state with its capital to be in Bauchi. With over 4 million people, Bauchi state is predominantly inhabited by Hausa’s.
5. Kebbi State
The Capital of Kebbi State is Birnin Kebbi. Kebbi state is sometimes called the land of equity with over 3 million people who are Hausa speaking citizens.
6. Sokoto State
Sokoto State has a poverty rate of 80.2% and is known to be one of the Nigerian states with harsh weather conditions.Most of it’s citizens are believed to engage in farming activities and are predominantly Muslims.
7. Katsina State
Katsina state is the Land of Hospitality. It is located in the North west zone of Nigeria with 90% of its citizens to be Fulani herdsmen and cattle rearers.
8. Taraba State
Taraba State citizens are known to be hand workers and engage in agricultural and farming activities. Taraba state was created in the Year 1991 and has a population of about 1.2 million people.
9. Gombe State
Gombe state is the 9th poorest states in Nigeria and suffers a lot of attacks from terrorists. Gombe state was created in the Year 1996 and has a population of over 2.1 million people.
10. Kano State
Kano State is nicknamed as the Centre of Commerce and is known for its business activities Kano is home to Nigeria’s 2nd largest textile industry and has a population of about 9 million citizens.
11. Borno State
With 90% percent of its inhabitats to be Hausa’s. Borno has been a target zone to attacks from various terrorist groups.
12. Niger State
Niger State is sometimes nicknamed the Power State and is located in the Central region of Nigeria. It is also amongst one of the poorest states in Nigeria.
13. Adamawa State
Adamawa State is one of the poorest states and has been known to suffer a lot of attacks from terrorists in the past few years.This has dealt a big blow to the state’s economy.
14. Ebonyi State
Ebonyi is the only state in the South Eastern part of Nigeria which has been known to be amongst the top poorest states in the country.
15. Ekiti State
Ekiti State was created in the Year 1996 and is one of the 36 Nigerian states to be listed amongst the top 20 poorest state in Nigeria.
16. Nassarawa State
Nassarawa state is located in the center north geopolitical zone of Nigeria with its main and primary language to be Hausa. It is also one of the poorest states in Nigeria.
17. Kwara State
Kwara State is one of the peaceful states in Nigeria but suffers attacks from various cult related activities and tribal clashes. It is also amongst the top poorest states in the country.
18. Bayelsa State
Bayelsa State is found in the Southern region of Nigeria and is also a home to different ethnic groups . It is also one of the poorest states in the country.
19. Enugu State
Enugu state is one of those states in the South Eastern zone of Nigeria. It is sometimes called the ‘Coal city’ and it’s home of independent and industrious citizens who are igbo speaking. Surprisingly, Enugu State is one of the poorest Nigerian states.
20. Kogi State
Kogi State, the confluence state is home to steel and iron industry in Nigeria. It is also one of the poorest states in Nigeria.
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