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KPAKOL DISMISSES NIGERIA?S POVERTY RATING
« on: March 23, 2009, 11:11:25 AM »
Coordinator of the National Programme on the Eradication of Poverty (NAPEP), Dr Magnus Kpakol,  has dismissed reports by international organisations indicating that Nigeria has a poverty rate of 70 percent.
Kpakol, who featured at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum yesterday in Abuja, said: ``The UNDP and the World Bank have not conducted any survey in Nigeria in recent times to determine the poverty level.
``There is no empirical evidence to support the assertion.''
Kpakol said that the poverty rate in Nigeria in 1980 was estimated at 28.1 per cent; 46 per cent in 1985; 42 per cent in 1992; 65.6 per cent in 1996, while in 1999, the poverty rate was estimated at 70.9 per cent.
He noted, however, that 2004 witnessed the most comprehensive study on poverty ever done in Nigeria, which placed the poverty level at 54.4 per cent.
The UNDP puts Nigeria's poverty level at 70 per cent, giving rise to the view that interventionist agencies such as NAPEP had made little impact in reducing poverty.
``The number is wrong statistics but, unfortunately some people in government use it because it comes from the international agencies,'' the NAPEP coordinator said.
He noted that the poverty rate of 54 .4 per cent was arrived at after rigorous studies coordinated by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the premier institution for statistics in the country.
``At present, the poverty rate in Nigeria may be in the 50 per cent range,'' he told NAN.
Kpakol emphasised that NAPEP was instrumental in contributing to the decline in the poverty rate through coordination and monitoring of all poverty eradication activities in the country.
``I think that the NBS is carrying out another National Living Standard Survey,'' he said.

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