Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko
The Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, Monday faulted the report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) depicting the state as the poorest in the country describing the process as mischievous.
The NBS had at the weekend rated Sokoto as the poorest state in the country with 81.2 per cent poverty rate
But in his reaction, Wamakko said the report of the Bureau was not properly done and was borne out of mischief.
He added that the statistics were inconsistent with the current realities in the state.
“The NBS report is just a mere mischief aimed at achieving certain desired ends because the indices used in measuring poverty is completely faulty,” he said.
He emphasised that the indices used by the NBS were not the same with the parameters used by the western world in measuring poverty and inequality.
Wamakko pointed out that residents of rural communities in the state live a communal life and assist one another as the need arises.
The governor noted that the residents of rural communities in all the 23 local government areas in the state carry out farming activities all year round and were never in short of food supply to feed their families.
“If you go round the rural communities in Sokoto, you will find out that our peasant farmers store their food through out the year and never witness food shortage.
“In fact, they do sell their grains whenever they are in need of funds to solve their financial problems. So, there is no iota of truth in the mischievous report that Sokoto is the poorest state in the country,” Wamakko stressed.
According to him, the state government had devoted energy in the past few years in implementing policies aimed at tackling poverty in the state.
He averred that his administration was not bothered by the fictitious report and would redouble efforts to meet the yearnings of the people of the state.