Top 10 Poorest States in Nigeria 2019 By GDP – Have you been wondering which states are the Poorest in Nigeria ?. Not all states are equal in terms of wealth. While the likes of Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and the oil-producing states have high GDP return, other states are very low, here this article would discuss: Below.
List of The Top 10 Poorest States in Nigeria 2019
1. YOBE STATE
Yobe state is considered as the poorest state in Nigeria. With a GDP of US$2,011, it sure is. This state is located in the North Eastern part of the country and has Damaturu as its capital. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people in this state. It is worthy of note that, this state has one of the largest cattle markets in West Africa.
In recent years, the insurgents in the North East had been bedevilling this state and inhibiting its development.
2. GOMBE STATE
Gombe state is also located in the Northeastern part of the country and has the city of Gombe as its capital city. It is said to be the 2nd poorest state in Nigeria with a GDP of US$2,501. This state can be regarded as an egalitarian state.
Agriculture is also the main occupation of the people in this state and it has the only surviving grain depot in Nigeria.
3. EBONYI STATE
Abakaliki is the capital of Ebonyi state. Ebonyi state is the least populated state in Nigeria and the only state from the south-east in this list. Agriculture is the most important economic activity in this state. Crops produced here include rice, yam, potatoes, maize, beans, and cassava. The State is also blessed with solid minerals like lead and salt. It GDP is US$2,732.
4. EKITI STATE
Ekiti state is a Yoruba dominated state and the only state from the south-west in this group. For a state with the highest number of professors to be up high in the league of the poor state is something to look into. Anyway, Agriculture is also the main economic activity of this part of the country and its GDP is put at US$2,848.
5. JIGAWA STATE
Jigawa state is located in the Northwestern part of the country and has the city of Dutse as its capital. This state has a GDP of US$2,988 making it the 5th poorest state in Nigeria. Just like the other states above and the ones below, Agriculture is the main occupation of the people.
6. NASARAWA STATE
Nasarawa state is one of the states bordering the Federal capital territory, Abuja. Ironically, it is one of the poorest states in Nigeria and has a GDP of US$3,022. It capital is Lafia and the most important economic activity in the area is agriculture. Nasarawa prides itself as the home of solid minerals and as such, it is blessed with enormous solid minerals.
7. KEBBI STATE
Birnin Kebbi is the capital of Kebbi state. This state is located in the North-western part of the country and due to it GDP of US$3,290, it is regarded as one of the poorest states in Nigeria and takes the 7th spot. Agriculture also is the main occupation in this area.
8. TARABA STATE
Taraba state is located in Northern Nigeria and Jalingo is its capital. The main occupation in this state is agriculture and it is the 8th poorest state in the country. It has a GDP of US$3,397.
9. KWARA STATE
Kwara state is located in North-central Nigeria and has Ilorin as its capital. This state can be said to be a Yoruba state but have a substantial number of Fulanis living in it. This state like its North central counterpart (Nasarawa state) is one of the poorest states in Nigeria. The GDP of Kwara state according to the information on Wikipedia is US$3,84, making it the 9th poorest Nigerian state.
10. ZAMFARA STATE
Zamfara state is a state in the North-Western part of Nigeria and Gusau is the capital. An agricultural state with many of its inhabitants practising agriculture at a subsistence level. 10th on the list.
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