Contrary to the recent report by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that Sokoto state is amongst the poorest in Nigeria, governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said, such report does not in any way reflect the reality of the state.
Tambuwal who spoke on the issue Monday when he received a report titled: “Sokoto Development Plan: 2020-2025 at Government House, Sokoto wondered what parameter the NBS must have used to arrive at such defective conclusions.
The governor, while insisting that Sokoto state is not poor hence it has so many programmes that has and is still making positive impact in the lives of the citizenry.
A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Muhammad Bello quoted Tambuwal as saying, “I do not intend to join issues with the NBS, but I appeal to them to come clear on their variable(s) and how they do their assessments of poor states in Nigeria; and then how they arrived at Sokoto being the poorest.
“He know that, as a matter of fact, that something must be fundamentally defective and wrong with their processes and the outcome of those processes,” Tambuwal emphasized.
“The fact of the matter, the governor explained is when you look at the programs we are implementing in Sokoto state, they are people-friendly. They are promoting and supporting the vulnerable, the poorest of the poor.”
Giving reference to some of the programmes embarked on by his government to affect lives of the populace, Tambuwal said, “Even what we are doing through Zakkat and Waqf Commission (SOZECOM) alone, I am not aware that there is any state that is doing as much”.
Tambuwal further divulged that his administration has spent N4 billion on the upliftment of the businesses of over 200 small scale traders across the 23 local government areas of the state. This is in addition to the N258.8 million spent this year on the provision of relief material for orphans and the needy by SOZECOM, which in the preceding year spent N237.9 million on the same venture.
“Not only that, the enabling increase in ease of doing business and a lot of things that this administration has done to actually improve the lives and well-being of the citizens of the state,” the governor added, pointing out that: “time shall tell.”
The governor also hinted that the state government shall monitor the NBS and see what it will come up with in its next report to know whether they will actually reflect the true position of Sokoto state in Nigeria in terms of rating of poor states.
“We believe that we are not (poor) and in due course it would unfold,” the governor assured.
Recall that the NBS in it’s April 2020 report of Nigerian Living Standards Survey (NLSS) covering 2019 said 9 of top 10 poorest states in Nigeria are from the northern region with Sokoto, Taraba and Jigawa being the poorest.
VSF COVID-19 Task Force Donates Medical Supplies, PPEs To FCTA
COVID-19: Domestic Flights Resume At Lagos Airport
Police Arrest Bandit, Wife With 2 AK 47 Rifles In Kebbi
Insecurity: Yusuf Donates Patrol Vehicles To Kogi Police
Troops Kill 17 Terrorists, Loses 2 Soldiers In Damboa Ambush – DHQ
Alleged N471m Fraud: Court Fixes Oct. 20 For Ex-Hos, Oyo-Ita’s Trial
CSO Supports Henrich Akomolafe Initiative Project in Ekiti
NEWS24 hours ago
JUST IN: PMB Suspends EFCC Boss, Magu
NEWS20 hours ago
Head Of Service Urges Reversal Of NASS Salary Structure
COVER STORIES8 hours ago
Top Police Officers Lobby To Take Over From Magu
NEWS19 hours ago
774,000 Jobs: Again, Kayamo Disagree With Senate Over Execution Of Programme
LAW23 hours ago
PMB Seeks Senate Confirmation Of 11 Judges, Others
NEWS20 hours ago
National Commission For Persons With Disability In Process – Farouq
EDUCATION23 hours ago
WAEC Says PPE Required For Supervisors, Inadequate Preparation Not Excuse To Cheat
NEWS6 hours ago
Squabble: Housewife Apologizes To IGP, Ex-husband