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Title:Urban poverty incidence in Nigeria: a case study of Ilorin metropolis
Author:Ijaiya, Gafar T.
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:urban poverty
Abstract:This paper examines the poverty situation in Ilorin metropolis (Nigeria) using the P-alpha class of poverty measures. To determine the poverty situation, a structured questionnaire was administered to 480 heads of households randomly selected from different social backgrounds. The report shows that 58 percent of the respondents were categorized as suffering from poverty, with a 0.21 poverty gap index and a 0.04 severity of poverty index. The causes of poverty in Ilorin metropolis include lack or limited supply of some basic necessities of life such as shelter, potable water and basic health care services. The consequences include psychological distress, increase in destitution, child labour and crime. Public investment in urban infrastructure, provision of credit facilities, involvement of the people in development decisions that affect their lives, and, most especially, good governance at the municipal level, were suggested as solutions. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]