Friday, May 8, 2020

Nigerian States' Poverty Index Ranking: CEPEJ To NBS, Your Reports On Delta State As Second Richest States, Is Misleading, Mulade Says Youth Unemployment Still Very Rampant.

... Activist says Reports does not reflect current Economic realities in the State, says Corporate beggars are still in Delta.

...Comrade Sheriff Mulade Commends Governor Okowa's Prosperity for all Deltans and Smart Agenda mantra.

.....Urges Governor Okowa to Create More Jobs, embark on Sustainable Economic development, Empowerment of Women and Young Entrepreneurs to Reflect Prosperity for all Deltans.

By Victor Bieni

WARRI-DELTA-THE  National Coordinator of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, (CEPEJ),  Comrade Sheriff Mulade has termed the Report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) ranking Delta as Nigeria's second richest State as misleading and fake while  stating that  the poverty index rating does not reflect the economic realities in Delta State.

The United Nations endorsed Environmentalist and Human Rights Activist disclosed this to our reporter today in  a press statement made available to Newsmen  in Warri, Delta State, Stated that  most Deltans live below the poverty line, that NBS' Report ranking Delta as the second richest State in the country does not reflect the current Economic realities of the state.

The Environmentalist, and Human Rights Activist stated that the Agency, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) goofed to had dissappointed Nigerian Citizens in its latest Poverty index ranking of States on Monday, May 4, 2020 as the Agency released the long-awaited Nigeria Poverty and Inequality Survey Report 2019 and ranked Delta State as the second least poor State in Nigeria.

 "By this latest Poverty Index Report, the Bureau has ranked Delta State second after Lagos among the States with low poverty rate, stating that 40.1 per cent of Nigeria’s population is poor", NBS stated.

NBS  Reports Stated: "An average of four out of 10 Nigerians have real per capita expenditures below N137, 430 per year, meaning that the monthly per capital income in this category is less than N11,500, while income per day is N383.03. Lagos State has 4.50 per cent poverty head count rate, closely trailed by Delta State with 6.02 per cent".

Analysing the NBS' Report, Chief Mulade, the Ibe-Sorimowei of Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom said majority of Deltans still live below the poverty line which is less than N450.00 per day, especially in the riverine communities of the State.

 He then stated that Delta State cannot claim to be the second richest State in Nigeria when most Deltans are jobless and have turned themselves into corperate beggars, hanging around ATMs, market places, shopping malls, streets and communities, looking for daily food.

The Activist while Commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his Prosperity for All Deltans Initiative, which he said  that it has  helped to lower the poverty bar in the State, Comrade Mulade charged the Governor to create more jobs and design capacity building and sustainable economic empowerment  programmes for women and young entrepreneurs in the State.

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