Theresa May says Nigeria has highest number of world’s poor, plans to visit this week

by Staff writer

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Tuesday noted that Nigeria is home to world’s highest number of poor people.

Speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, May said 87 million Nigerians are living below the poverty line of $1 and 90 cents per day.

“Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live below $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world,” the prime minister said.

May, who plans to visit Nigeria this week, stated that achieving inclusive growth is a major challenge across the world, stressing that Africa needs to create 50,000 new jobs per day to keep employment rate at its current levels till 2035.

“I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid program works for the UK.

“Today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest.

“It is in the world’s interest to see that those jobs are created, to tackle the causes and symptoms of extremism and instability, to deal with migration flows and to encourage clean growth,” she added.

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