According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Sokoto is the poorest state in Nigeria with an 81.2% poverty rate.
Furthermore, a 2012 information posted on the bureau’s website listed the top 10 poorest states in the country:
10. Zamfara – 70.8%
Formed from the Old Sokoto state in 1996 and located in northwestern Nigeria, Zamfara is governed by Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, a member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party.
Agriculture is the most important occupation of the people of the state, hence its slogan “farming is our pride”
Recently the governor was blasted for the “alarming scope of economic dangers and its potential threat to the economic development of the state,” by the Zamfara Budget Working Group.
9. Kebbi – 72%
Kebbi State is a north-western Nigeria state formed from part of Sokoto State in 1991. It is bordered by Sokoto State,Niger State,Dosso Regionin the Republic of Niger and the nation of Benin.
There isn’t much to be written about the state’s economy but things are looking up. The recently concluded Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport (SABIA), stands out as one of Nigeria’s most sophisticated airports and is expected to boost the state’s economy.