The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Delta ranked as second least poor state in the country.
The bureau, in its latest Poverty Index Report, ranked Delta second after Lagos among the states with low poverty rate, and said that 40.1 per cent of Nigeria’s total population was poor.
According to it, an average of four out of 10 individuals in Nigeria have real per capita expenditures below N137, 430 per year, meaning that monthly income of an individual in this category is less than N11,500 while income per day is N383.03.
The report said “Lagos State has 4.50 per cent poverty head count rate and closely trailed by Delta with 6.02 per cent.
“The report translates to over 82.9 million Nigerians considered as poor by national standard.”
In his reaction, Commissioner for Information in Delta, Mr Charles Aniagwu, on Tuesday said in Asaba that the report was a reflection of the “Prosperity for all Deltans’’ agenda being vigorously pursued by the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa administration.
He also stated that due to the enabling investment climate created by the Okowa led government, particularly in oil bearing communities, Delta had been one of the highest revenue earners from Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) which also indicated that the state government had been putting into judicious use the monies accrued to the state.