Poverty and Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria By Ashiomanedu Joel

Nigeria represents a paradox. On the one hand, it is a relatively large country -the most populous in Africa, with abundant human and natural resources; while on the other hand, it has a high rate of income inequality, with two-thirds (70%) of its population living in poverty (CBN, 1999), although the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that it has declined progressively to 54% as of 2005 (IMF, 2007).

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