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Sokoto is not the poorest in Nigeria, says governor

Tunde Omolehin,

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of State has dismissed a current report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which placed the state as one of the in the country.

Tambuwal stated this when he received a report titled: “ Development Plan: 2020-2025” at Government House, , on Monday.

According to the April 2020 Nigerian Living Standards Survey (NLSS) report released by the NBS covering the year 2019, 9 of top 10 states in are from the northern region with Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa being the .

‘I do not intend to join issues with the NBS, but I appeal to them to come clear on their variable(s) and how they do their assessments of poor states in ; and then how they arrived at Sokoto being the poorest,’ the stated.

‘…We know that, as a matter of fact, that something must be fundamentally defective and wrong with their processes and the outcome of those processes,’ Tambuwal stressed.

The further explained that ‘when you look at the programs we are implementing in Sokoto state, they are people-friendly. They are promoting and supporting the vulnerable, the poorest of the poor.’

‘Even what we are doing through Zakkat and Waqf Commission (SOZECOM) alone, I am not aware that there is any state that is doing as much.’

Tambuwal’s administration has spent N4 billion on the upliftment of the businesses of over 200 small scale traders across the 23 local government areas of the state. This is in addition to the N258.8 million spent this year on the provision of relief material for orphans and the needy by SOZECOM, which in the preceding year spent N237.9 million on the same venture.

‘Not only that, the enabling increase in ease of doing business and a lot of things that this administration has done to actually improve the lives and well-being of the citizens of the state,’ the governor added, saying that ‘time shall tell.’

He further added that the state government shall monitor the NBS and see what it will come up with in its next report, ‘whether they will actually reflect the true position of Sokoto state in in terms of rating of poor states,’ Tambuwal further stated.

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