86.9 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty

The United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA) says 600 million people globally will start 2019 living in extreme poverty and only 20 million will come out of this situation by the end of the year.

This is contained in UNECA’s latest publication on poverty entitled “Africa Poverty Clock”, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday by the Head of Communications, UNECA-West Africa, Tahirou Gouro.

The African Poverty Clock provides real-time poverty estimates for every country on the continent, with forecasts until 2030.

Current projections indicated that almost all of Africa was off-track in achieving the African Union vision for ending extreme poverty by 2030.

According to the report, in spite of many intervention programmes to alleviate poverty in Africa, in 2019 the continent would be home to 70 per cent of the world’s poor.

UNECA said that the figure showed an increase from 50 per cent in 2015.

“By 2023, the share of Africa’s poor will increase to more than 80 per cent of global share. In other words, Africa will be adding more poor people to the world.

“Seven out of the top ten countries in the world with the most poor people are in Africa. This is expected to rise to nine out of ten by 2030,” it said.

According to the World Poverty Clock report, 86.9 million Nigerians are now living in extreme poverty.

The report showed that the country had overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world.



– Premium Times


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