Gombe, Nigeria’s Poverty Hqtrs

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says 74.6 per cent of residents of Gombe State are poor.

Yusuf Auta, the Social Protection Specialist, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, announced this at the opening of a workshop on the Development of Implementation Plan and Costing of Gombe State Social Protection Policy on Monday in Jos.

Auta explained that the figures were captured in the social protection policy document recently developed for the state.

“This simply suggests that seven out of 10 Gombe State residents are poor, “he said.

Mr Auta also decried the high level of multi-dimensional poverty among children in the state.

“The Multi-Dimensional Child Poverty Analysis in Nigeria shows that 71.9 per cent of children in Gombe are multi-dimensionally poor.

“This simply means that majority children in the state don’t have access to nutrition, healthcare services, education, housing, sanitation, water and information.

“Unfortunately, most children in Gombe are denied access to these basic necessities of life,” he said.

He said that the policy if implemented would promote the well-being of children and women in the state.

“UNICEF is happy to be part of this process and this is because it affects the lives of women and children.

“UNICEF pays attention to women and children because it is the credo of development.

“With proper education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, poverty reduction, among others, the child is at home.

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