The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Temitope Fadeshemi, has revealed that at least 88.4 million people in Nigeria are living in extreme poverty.
The permanent secretary made the disclosure on Wednesday in Kaduna during the distribution of farm inputs and empowerment materials to 250 smallholder farmers.
Represented by Bashir Abdulkadir, Director, Department of Extension Services of the ministry, he revealed the statistics of men and women who live with less than $2 per day.
He stated that the level of poverty in the country is alarming, adding that the government is making conscious efforts at reducing the spate of poverty across the country, according to Daily Nigerian.
He said: ”The level of poverty in Nigeria is alarming. An estimated population of 88.4 million people in Nigeria is living in extreme poverty.
“The number of men living on less than 1.90 U.S. dollars a day in the country reached around 44.7 million, while the count was at 43.7 million for women.
”Overall, 12.9 per cent of the global population in extreme poverty was found in Nigeria as of 2022.
“This is why the Federal government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning in collaboration with FMAFS is making conscious efforts at reducing the spate of poverty across the country.”