Temitope Fadeshemi, the Permanent Secretary at Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, has reported that a staggering 88.4 million Nigerians are currently grappling with extreme poverty.
Fadeshemi shared this information in Kaduna on Wednesday while overseeing the distribution of farm inputs and empowerment materials to 250 smallholder farmers.
Bashir Abdulkadir, the Director of the Department of Extension Services at the ministry, represented Fadeshemi during the event.
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% 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.”