Over 50m Northerners Living In Poverty – Gov Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has disclosed that over 50 million Nigerians of northern extraction live in poverty. The governor also lamented that the region was faced with five most serious problems, which he enumerated to include;

Low literacy, poverty, poor healthcare, unproductive population and bad economic position. 

Governor Shettima, who is the Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum, said he relied on recent research data released by experts, which indicated that of the 79.6 million Nigerians living in poverty, over 50 million of them, representing about 70 per cent, live in the 19 northern states of Nigeria. 

To this end, the governor entered into an MoU with General Electric, GE, to enhance healthcare delivery in all northern states. Signing the MoU in Abuja, yesterday, he noted that governors of the region were taking very determined steps to rewrite the northern story from different perspectives.

He regretted that unproductive population in the North had resulted in lack of affordability for the most basic of healthcare services.

“The Northern Governors Forum is committed to this partnership and we have supreme confidence in our selfless and versatile Malam Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, who is heading the Northern Nigeria Global Economic Re-integration Programme which is the facilitator of today’s partnership.’’