List Of 10 Poorest States In Nigeria 2019 According To (NBS)

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Here are the top 10 poorest states in Nigeria 2019 according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

Nigeria is a country blessed with mineral resources and is made up of 36 states. These states are meant to be productive based on their available natural resources, and are meant to have a strong and honest government capable of managing these natural resources to generate its revenue.

Poorest states in Nigeria But the reverse is the case as some states are down to poverty by 70 percent. However, these poor states in Nigeria became poor due to bad governance, mismanagement of state resources or security issues as the case may be.

We have listed the poorest states in the country according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, using infrastructural development, state of economy, literacy level, security and governance to compile this list of 10 poorest states in Nigeria this 2018.

Top Ten (10) Poorest States in Nigeria 2019:-

1. Sokoto 

Sokoto state is rated as the poorest state in Nigeria, ranking 81.2% on poverty level. Its harsh climate conditions has made its a no go area and has prevented foreigners and foreign investors to come for investment in the state. It is also the seat of the Caliphate.

2. Kastina

Located at the deepest part of the north western area of Nigeria, Kastina state made it in the list of poorest states in Nigeria because it has fewer or no solid investment or sector that generates revenue for the state.

3. Adamawa 

Due to the frequent attack from Boko Haram terrorists, Adamawa state’s economy has crippled as a result of its citizens running away from the state because of safety. It has affected the state poorly to a poverty level of 74.2%.

4. Gombe 

Gombe state which is located at the north-eastern part of Nigeria is also facing its own peril in security with crippled economy to a 73.2% poverty level.

5. Jigawa

A state situated at the north-western part of Nigeria and basically populated with the Hausa/Fulani tribe. With low literacy level and low economic growth, the poverty level of Jigawa state is at 72.1%.

6. Plateau

Although, plateau state is one of the highest populated state in Nigeria and has some tourist attractions, It has also suffered a long timely tribal conflict which has carelessly destroyed its economy by 71%

7. Ebonyi

Unfortunately this is the only state in the South-East that falls under the top poorest states in Nigeria with poverty rate of 70.6% due to poverty, illiteracy and bad government.

8. Bauchi

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Bauchi was ranked among states that are poor.

Statistics shows that majority of the residents in this area lack the basic amenities of life and it is a war torn zone. The mortality rate recorded after the various insurgent attack is overwhelming.

9. Kebbi

Kebbi is a state in north-western Nigeria. Its capital is Birnin Kebbi. The state also listed among the 10 states that have the highest poverty rate in the country. Its rating is 72%.

10. Zamfara

With 70.8 percent poverty rate, Zamfara has been ranked by the NBS among the poorest states in the country 2019. Strife, disease and hunger affects the residents of this state a lot.

Which State Do We Miss Out Of This List?

145 Comments
  1. The Truth -

    It’s a big lie, the government are just trying to push more money to the North.

    Where is Benue state, Ekiti and other poor southern states.

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    1. Gideon -

      Benue food basket of the nation
      those are seriously poorest state in this country

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      1. Joe -

        Sir, check the indices used in making this studies. A state is termed poor if it meets two or more of the indices used herein. Na true sha Benue state poor o

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      2. Julius Chizoba eya -

        Big lie, this is how the corrupted northern politicians play with the rest Nigerians to divert National incomes to the north, though they become poorer the more.

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        1. Abiodun A -

          On point, excuses to divert fund to the north.

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    2. Alfred -

      Gbam, my brother Benue should be among the top ten

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      1. Oko -

        Why Nigerian govt be so stupid in such, there will be war over this issue in the next 27 days coming, youth are not smiling and government are happy over it, all state are poor unless Lagos

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        1. Udoh -

          I guess you’ve not travelled beyond Lagos. Ask questions or travel out and see things for your self. Please argue with facts

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          1. Egot Monday -

            My brother Nigeria is confused nation that never want to eliminate corruption, the truth is Nigeria is entirely poor look at graduates, youth in all the states are they working, they are in the street doing nothing. The statistics is properly carried out, this is another way of adding more corruption instead of eliminating it.

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        2. tuoyo -

          Oko that is true except lagos oo

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      2. prince -

        What about bayelsa state

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    3. ALI -

      We need government to push money to north so that the north will be able to clear the problems that previous government (PDP) brought for for the north

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      1. justina -

        you’re selfish and stupid. what has APC done since all this years they’ve emerged?

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        1. him -

          Yes he is very stupid, Yaya Bello governor over kogi state is apc owing over upto 3years salary. Citizens are just suffering. Maybe we should sell this country to America. At least when you buy something new you will want to maintain and make it beautiful.

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          1. Abdullah -

            Tell them, make them know.

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          2. Suleiman Hassan -

            To me, kogi state is the poorest state in Nigeria but while not measure, when civil servant have collected salary for good three (3)years

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            1. Liz -

              kogi state is the most poorest state in Nigeria, no need of argument

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              1. favor -

                Yes kogi is poor and no one can argue it

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      2. playmaker -

        Ali,u are nothing but a fool and will always remain a coward by bringing politics into this discussion,mallam just say what you Know and leave political parties aside. (Apc) association of past criminals quote me wrong???

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        1. kamil ffah -

          Apc have came to clear d mess pdp have brought

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        2. Ola -

          Please sir don’t be annoyed let talk less don’t let us abuse ourself, we are all one in Nigeria and let find solutions to the issue, don’t let us fight our self again please

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      3. Boy from krypton -

        The problem the north has was brought upon the north by the northern leaders themselves…saying is PDP is just another one of your peoples propaganda

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    4. ahmed khan gwoza -

      nasarawa

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    5. Dav -

      They will remain poor in Jesus name

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      1. Aminu Musa -

        I believe you are out of your senses young man. Wish your brother good what you wish yourself because anything that goes around must surely come around. Can your state produce all you need? Despite the poor condition in such states you must have benefited from them on one thing or the other. Illiteracy is a dangerous disease. Please, go back to primary one and rebuild your educational background.

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    6. Emma Godson -

      Nassarawa state are the most poorly state no payment no food it supposed to be first and not sokoto state.

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    7. Alem Abashe Iliya -

      Since the ten listed state are poor, what is the plan of federal government about this listed State?

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    8. Olugbotemi -

      This can’t be true. There is more to it than meet the eye. People don’t fear God shaa. Na wa o.

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  2. Ahmad Ibrahim -

    Fake analysis, adamawa state cannot be in the top 10

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    1. Abakar -

      Adamawa sporce to be first poor state, bcoz only genye locl gov can produce smtng

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    2. h.b -

      It should though

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  3. Abdulkarim mustafa m.k.d -

    Hmmmm imaging that sokoto state came on top of the table.

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  4. Emem Unya -

    Those that make this statistics have not travel to the south. its another way of pushing money and facilities to the north.. we knew all this.

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    1. vsj -

      This list na scam

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  5. abba gumel -

    Yes of course, but imaging how the present govt remain silence on them.

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  6. Thank God -

    Of course, northern part of Nigeria be the one.

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  7. Lanre -

    I didn’t see Borno state, the FCT of boko haram and Kogi.

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    1. Ibrahim -

      Be reminded its the headquarters but it shares border with 3 countries

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    2. Wagani Jr -

      Borno state is far better than ur state because they have a lot if source of income

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  8. Joe Ijaja -

    What were the factors considered that may have brought about this conclusion? It’s clear that this isn’t correct, especially when you see no state from the south. If the statistics was properly taken I’m sure states from the south would have been on the list.

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  9. S. MADA -

    You have miss some state, therefore, go and search again.

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  10. Salami Arowomole -

    Where is Osun state for God sake is a civil servant state, nothing was there, is no one poorest state in Nigeria. Where is Kogi state for God sake

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    1. kolawole babatunde -

      I think the person that post this is from one of this state cause am from osun state add osun state cause osun state is poor

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      1. Benjamin ifeanyi -

        really?

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  11. Yakubu -

    Poor job, Kogi is one of the them. Unless they’re just looking at potentials and not actual poverty statistics.

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    1. Truth. -

      Where’s Enugu state that always got the lowest share from the Federal govt’s allocation. This government and it’s divide and rule system is at it again. Anything that has a beginning must has an end.

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      1. Mosaic -

        If Taraba is not mentioned here I think the whole is scam and fake, no justification. They just sat and decided to make list of what they want, fake people

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  12. gary -

    Thought provoking issues need prompt actions

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  13. Philip -

    this must be a fake Benue State supposed to be among top 3 fake analysis

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  14. Vana sunny -

    It is true that the poor states in nigeria are from north, because 90% of northern Nigeria neighbouring countries are also consider to be poor. What about Yobe?

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    1. Adamwama -

      Its bad management of resources and looting of funds belonging to the state by the so call gorvernos of such states. FGN is weak to investigate the thiefs.

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      1. emmanuelson -

        You forgot to add taraba, why?

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      2. emmanuelson -

        You didn’t not put tlTaraba, you most put it ooo

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    2. Wagani Jr -

      U can’t put Yobe in this mess

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  15. Matthew -

    After posting it, how do we make haste to help the those listed disabled States

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    1. Isaac -

      Benue state is mentioned then guys are not ready

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  16. Ademola -

    This rogue of statistics to make North looks poor while they dominate even oil rigs and wells ownership. To fool the South. We are wiser now. Every state in Nigeria is poor. What of Osun, Ekiti, Oyo even Ondo? Where indigenes are living in poverty of infrastructures and food. That is why buying votes is easy here. Poverty deyoooo

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  17. ameenu jabakarh -

    I believe that zamfara is among, so declare a state of emergency in agricultural sector so as to revive the situation.

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  18. shabae -

    kogi state should b no1

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  19. Alabede Ibrahim -

    This is not a good analysis, almost 60% of Nigerian States are suffering from poverty due to mismanagement of funds and embezzlements. We’re also suffering in Ogun State due to border closure and Stoppage or forestry.

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  20. Felix nweke -

    Every government of all the States of Nigeria are disappointing it’s citizens.

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  21. Ademi -

    Nice job but,..there are others too. Please can you look into more states like kogi,Enugu etc.
    Thanks.

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    1. Ikechukwu -

      wrong fiqure what is the indicator measure poverty

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  22. Colombo izuogu -

    Infact I think you people are just cracking jokes because Nigeria government doesn’t know there facilities that’s why

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  23. johnswot -

    Where is Ondo state for God sake?

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  24. Jeff Calvin -

    What of Akwa Ibom State

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  25. Titus -

    Can someone tell me which part of d regional poverty is not looming. This ppl frm d north ar just deceiving and fooling us.i agreed with d speaker above dat it’s another way to push Nigeria money to d north again.

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  26. kaka -

    What about kaduna state.

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  27. Jourhnizm -

    I suppose Kogi State, where people are committing suicides because of unpaid many-month salaries, should top the list…They are poor in all ramifications in Kogi, and this can be attributed to bad government.

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  28. ali m ali -

    you forgot yobe state woo

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  29. kelvin -

    What can northern State provide for the country

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    1. A.H.K kankara katsina state -

      we northerners are the grassroot in building naija,go and ask papa

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  30. Bilal Mustapha -

    may Allah ta’ala helps us out of the situation of porverty.

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  31. Austin o. Obediah -

    Abia state is the most poor state bcoz its has the highest rate of dirtiness,
    and No power supply, it is equally record as the state with the most bad road both federal and state. It’s educational standards are very poor and what’s the use of our resources. bad government=poor State

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  32. social -

    Imagine sokoto state on top hmmm

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  33. Thomas -

    It is true that there is much poverty at the northern state. So also Benue state should be included in the top ten. Benue is a state where people do #5000 hard jobs per month.

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  34. Odey Christian -

    What of cross river? cross river is the most poorest State in this country, no road, no lights, no water etc. Mostly in cross river north poorverty rules us

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  35. Godson -

    Have you forgotten, that Nigeria is the capital of poverty? please if government want to laundering money, they should do it for the whole 36 states of the federation.

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  36. John -

    Infact, what about bailout they collected from FGN? Magu, check made them without Mercy and your country Nigeria.

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  37. Uchenna Chukwu -

    More than 60% of Nigerians are living below the poverty line, and the government has done little or nothing to address this disturbing situation. no jobs in the country, no industries, no electricity, no motorable roads,poor health care facilities, e. t c. most states in this country have enough natural resources that can spur positive changes/development,but due to poor management they are still in that condition. only true federalism/restructuring would have salvaged the country, but these greedy fellows called the rulling class would rather die than allow it.

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  38. Chris Nandi -

    What of Borno and Nassarawa states?

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  39. only lionys -

    Nigeria government is confuse in this juncture. we need heep from above

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  40. balikis -

    All Nigeria state are poor we have natural resources for nothing, let’s work on ourselves

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    1. nansarchestor -

      Nigeria in totallity is poor

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    2. nansarchestor -

      I can’t believe plateau State is on the list, I’d always think plateau is a rich State, how wrong was I

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  41. sam.k -

    Benue state suppose to mark as number one on this list.

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  42. Mc Gdn -

    seriously the researchers forgot about kogi state

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    1. Ik -

      It’s time to merge some of the northern states as they are not strong enough to stand up as a state, some of their leaders are richer than the whole state

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  43. Felix Akwu -

    That is NIgeria for you, no true statistics, EVery indices is politicised, manipulated and falsified for political benefits. Where is the change we sing about. The president himself agreed that the country’s wealth is in the hands of five states and even in few hands there.

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  44. bigman -

    nawa oo..what a forsaken wasteland this country is totally messed up..with all the mineral resources Nigeria is still doomed..God Almighty pls take the soul of bad leadership in this country

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  45. Francis -

    All those northern states are where all Nigeria money are always going. Go there you will see good road that goes even to their farm land. Can the south-east boast for a good road. So I believe that this is another way for them to push more money to the north

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  46. Emmanuel Ahize -

    Ebony state Re Not poor point of correction, u don’t know what you re sayin, you Better get out from that place before I get u.

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  47. Bbc -

    Kogi should be NO ONE, no salary no job for graduates, no infrastructure

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    1. White man -

      True talk my brother.

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  48. Nelson md -

    Liars, what about Edo state

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  49. Onyeka -

    Ali what problems did PDP brought to north it the federal university or the almajiri schools or the pan industry please tell me the problem

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  50. him -

    Corruption just full everywhere I would have believed it….,,,,, if I have see kogi at the top. All this is fake.

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  51. zakariya yechenu sabo -

    First of all i will like to thank you for the great analysis and i think you forgot to mention Niger state paharps if it was not an oversite please i will want you to visit Niger state, it is one of the worst and poorest state among the mention and on mention, i believe seeing is much more better than hearing please we are begging that you should try and do somthing about it thank you

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  52. X Rated -

    I was frustrated, and not of the NBS rating, but as there was never a state called kastina in Nigeria, and even if it is typing error, next time know how to write it well or else you stop feeding us with your garbage called website (0-0)

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  53. Adogo -

    Benue state should bee among the top 10 poor state nah.

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  54. safiyanu -

    there is biars In this arrangement

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    1. Stanley -

      Nigerian need to understand that northern always rate like that for one reasons or the other.. Think about census in Nigerian between north part and south or East or the creation of states, political appointment etc.

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  55. Tete -

    This statistics is inconclusive because l expected to see Benue at the top list. Pls include Benue for Bad governance, poverty, underdevelopment, corruption and insecurity.

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  56. Ik Frm ajah -

    Is it only eboyi u see in the south East?

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  57. chinoo -

    If Ebonyi state is in this list what should we say about Abia and its governance that has stripped the people bare.

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  58. Balarabe U.I -

    I wondered that no one mentioned Kano. Where all the commercial activities have gone down. People die of hunger, getting one square meal a day is a tragedy.

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  59. Anubah Amnaguthu -

    Clearly stated that the northern part of the country is poor.

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  60. Gigomedia -

    My Writer it’s really bad when you people don’t make research before publishing an Article.
    Go and check Ebonyi State very well there’s no bad Government over there

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  61. Olomola Oluwasegun -

    Hmm… what of kogi state
    God have mercy on us.

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  62. Nwebonyi Israel Timothy -

    Nigeria government with tricking idea to pump money into the north in the name of poverty. You see one thing in Life, if you are not poor and claims to be in fraudulent way remember poverty is your next of kin. Do justice to the sharing of allocation of resources in Nigeria so that God will have mercy upon Nigeria.

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    1. Muhammad bin hashim -

      what about nasarrawa state?

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  63. Adeoye -

    Sentiment, selfishness, tribalism, nepotism and all sorts of unpatriotic tendencies made Nigeria what it is today. Attitudinal change irrespective of age, tribe, religion etc is what we need.

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  64. mannir dan,masani -

    But zamfara will run away from the list noun to the next yearforthe work of this goverment

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  65. Sallahudeen2018 -

    The truth is that Nigerian as whole is a rich country,being blessed with so many resources, Is only that the system of our government is very badly,until they reviews our constitution in ordered to amended the laws that States the politician’s should be earned a very big money and also to prosecuted, who so ever that steals from the government.

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  66. Mr Katsina -

    You are not serious,this list is scam

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  67. Alvan -

    big lie , that’s politics for you, many states in this country are poor , what of Abia state the did not include Abia , Nigeria is one sided country?

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  68. silas -

    Infact the whole country is in trouble, the system is affecting everyone. But Benue must be among the states

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  69. wisdomic -

    I think benue should be among

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  70. Ogbuani Daniel -

    According to what I read in geography in land area are very poor. And bad weather contribute to the problem as well so the report must be right.

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  71. never mind -

    pls where is kogi state they are supposed to be the number one state

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  72. naijaboy -

    Unfortunate, God Almighty we need ur help our governors are not with us.

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  73. Ambrose Caleb -

    The top ten state listed above are poor. And most politicians in government today are from those state… the question here is what are their efforts in improving those state? maybe they want to use this medium as means to loot funds. please i urge most of you commenting on this today to be of difference when you find yourself on any of those positions. Good bless Nigeria

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  74. Sunungutma -

    Of course it is true, the North need national and international financial attention for her to catch up

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  75. Babadando -

    you forgot Yobe State in the north, yobe is among of the poorest State in North Nigeria

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  76. Aliu Abdulrasaq Olanrewaju -

    This study is inconclusive without Kwara making the list of vicious of poverty. Kwara must be among first 5 State that’s poorly governed.

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  77. joji -

    you have not search well Benue is no one ooo

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  78. White man -

    No better jobs in benue except military and paramilitary and teachers after that subsistence farming. Poverty is a sin.

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  79. joji -

    People are mentioning many state the fact is that Benue should be the number one poor state in Nigeria

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  80. John -

    Were is Abia State?. This is purely cambling……..

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  81. Johnsmart -

    Ekiti state is one of the most poorest state in Nigeria

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    1. waleyewa -

      what of Ibadan and kogi state

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    2. Ola -

      And their salary is OK more than kwara state

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      1. godday -

        You posted what you understand until Jesus rules this country nothing move. The level of poverty in Benue is much sir

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  82. gra chi -

    That of sokoto is very bad because of their harsh weather

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  83. Umar -

    If Adamawa could be listed as a result of incessant attacks by Boko Haram, why Borno and Yobe not here? when they are suppose to be the most poorest state.

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  84. Markus -

    Adamawa state can’t be poor, unless that we have a good governance here in Adamawa State

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  85. Abdulwahab Rilwan -

    kogi state is the number one

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  86. Becky -

    How about Bayelsa the State of shamelessness, confusion and poverty? That list is so incomplete.

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  87. Saint -

    Where is Kogi state. Should be no 1 there

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  88. Bobby -

    Benue is left out and its not good

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  89. estycle -

    Please my country is not poor nasarawa my state is NT also poor those ruling are d one making it poor an I believe d will all come and go, and I pray it will one day be better because God is not dead, I love my country and I will continue to stay in it so naija we die here

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  90. DON G AZYBOY -

    See lie chaii what of nasarawa state

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  91. mr ochoga -

    God bless and protect Nigeria ..one day God we surely put everything in accordance one luv

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  92. crystal -

    hmmm I think dis is another way to promote tribalism n favoritism

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  93. Tef -

    Seriously the whole country is poor believe it or not poverty is everywhere.. but topographical differences made some worse.

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