Lagos - The majority of Nigerians residing
within the Northeast geo-political zone of the country are faced with hunger,
exacerbating the plight of millions affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
This is according to findings of a recently-conducted
survey, whose results have been released.
According to NOIPolls, the researchers, the poll revealed
that a significant proportion of respondents, at least 7 in 10 (73 percent),
residing within the region, acknowledged the prevalence of hunger and
starvation in parts of the region.
Women and children under five years are the most
Further findings revealed that although 56 percent of
respondents claimed they ate up to three time a day, a significant proportion
(27 percent) stated they ate only two times in a day.
Almost one in every ten respondent (9 percent) stated
they ate only once in every 24 hours.
Similarly, 56 percent of respondents revealed they often
have to ration their meals or restrict adult consumption in order to enable the
children feed adequately.
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Some 26 percent relied on family and friends for
About 1 in 4 respondents (25 percent) stated their income
did not meet up with their food needs.
The Northeast zone consists of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno,
Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States.
Some towns and communities considered the worst hit areas
such as: Itas-Gadau, Alkaleri, Kirfi, Pali and Mansuru in Bauchi.
Also affected are Bama, Askira-Uba, Lassa, Chibok and
Konduga in Borno and Kumi, Ardo-Kola, Zing, Ibi and Lau in Taraba.
Gulani, Gujba, Yunusari, Jakusko and Tarmuwa in Yobe are
bearing the brunt while Dukku, Kaltungo, Jamari, Nafada and Laro in Gombe and
Mubi, Wurobokki, Musathaka and Tashala in Adamawa also face hunger.
The public opinion poll was conducted through telephone
interviews. A proportionate randomly selected sample of 1 000 phone-owning
Nigerians, residents in the Northeast, aged 18 years and above, were
The interviews were conducted mainly in Hausa, Pidgin
English and English.
“The use of these languages reduces the
likelihood of a non-response bias,” said NOIPolls.
- CAJ News