Following the latest release on poverty index in Nigeria by National Bureau of statistics, NBS ,the Abia state commissioner for Trade And Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu (JOK) has urged the opposition party in the state to go and verify Abia state’s Position on poverty index chart in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement titled: “Beyond Politics…Ikpeazu vindicated by NBS” released by Chief Okiyi. He tasked governor Ikpeazu’s critics from the opposition party to check the report to see Abia state’s position. recalls that on Thursday, the NBS survey revealed that 63 percent of Nigerians are poor as at November, 2022. The survey was contained in a report titled, “The National Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Survey results for 2022.”

The MPI report also showed that 67.5 percent of children within the ages of 0-17 years are poor.

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Read full statement below:

Beyond Politics…Ikpeazu Vindicated by NBS

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), “in terms of the proportion of poverty and its intensity, the poorest states included Sokoto, Bayelsa, Jigawa, Kebbi, Gombe, and Yobe.“

The multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) survey report released yesterday measured deprivations related to education, health, living standard, work and security shows Abia State among the top 5 best states in Nigeria.

According to a report in Punch newspaper of 18th November, 2022,

“The NBS report further showed Sokoto, Bayelsa, Gombe, Jigawa and Plateau are the top poorest states in 2022.

“Sokoto leads the poorest with 90.5 per cent of people in the state poor. It is followed by Bayelsa with 88.5 per cent poor people, Gombe with 86.2 per cent, Jigawa with 84.3 per cent, and Plateau with 84 per cent.

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The least poor states are Ondo with 27.2 per cent poor people, Lagos with 29.4 per cent, Abia 29.8 per cent, Edo with 31 per cent, and Anambra with 32.1 per cent.”

What that means is that an independent body has confirmed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has fulfilled his 2015 promise of delivering better life to the people of the state. This sacrosanct fact has given a lie to the propaganda noise by Abia opposition elements.

You can do propaganda as much as you like but you can’t hide self evident facts forever.


-Nwandugbom JOK invites the opposition to go and verify.

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