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FG To Benchmark Poverty Monitoring, Ranking Mechanism

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By Mbakaan Kwen, Abuja
 
The federal government in a bid to monitor the poverty level among the poor and vulnerable households in the country is set to unlocked a statistically based mechanism that would be used to check the activities and progress of the efforts that would be laid down towards achieving a ranking close to poverty eradication.
 
Speaking at the event which took place yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of state, budget and national planning Hajiya Zainab Ahmed said statistically based ranking must be transparent in the administration as it is key to achieving the aim of the project.
“The days of sentiments are gone we must leave behind a legacy of good work that will stand the test of time and we must make Nigeria habitable. The resources of Nigeria are both for the very poor and buoyant,” she said.
The minister added that the government is determined to see that both state and federal government as well as development partners will use the adopted mechanism in their intervention purposes.  She advised the development partners as well as state and federal government to use a harmonized mechanism so that the outcome of the interventions would be the same.
On his part, the statistician general of the federation represented by Dr. Isiaka Olarewaju said the most transparent and unbiased method to identify the poor and vulnerable is through statistics which according to him, the National Bureau of Statistics has been providing statistics to determine the poverty level of the country since 1980’s.
“The basic method has been used like calculating the cost of food basket that provides 3000 calories per person per day. Also used is consumption pattern on food items and non food items which is combined to provide the absolute poverty line for the country,” he explained.
The event was attended by honorable commissioners for economic and planning from the 36 states as well as representatives of development partners.



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