Jigawa govt disputes NDHS poverty ranking

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By Khaleel Muhammad

The Jigawa State Government has disputed the reports from National Data Health Survey (NDHS) which placed the state among the top poverty-stricken states in Nigeria.

The state Deputy Governor and Governor-elect, Malam Umar Namadi, stated this while responding to questions from newsmen shortly after he received a report of subcommittees of the transition committee.

Namadi explained that the incumbent government under Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar had introduced so many policies and programs to reduce the prevailing rate of poverty in the state.

He said, “As a result of a series of interventions from federal, state government and other partners, the level of poverty in the state has reduced and the purchasing power of people has significantly improved.”

He restated his commitment to continue with all good policies and programs of Governor Badaru-led administration for the development of the state.

According to him, “We acknowledged that our state still has poverty challenge, that is the reason I made it one of my 12-point agenda. I will continue from where my predecessor stopped, I will use all the available resources to tackle the challenge and make life better for our people.”

“We will build the purchasing power of our people, create a more enabling environment for investors, which will translate to the growth and sustainable economic development in the state,” the deputy governor said.

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