Goal 1 – No Poverty

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by 37 million in Nigeria, too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

In Nigeria, about 86.9 million people are still living on less than US$1.25 a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation and financial services.

New threats brought on by climate change, conflict, rapid population growth and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.

The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what we started, and end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030. To achieve this in Nigeria, 90 people need to leave poverty every minute. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters.

Facts and figures

86.9 million

50% of Nigeria’s estimated 180 million population still live in extreme poverty


About one in five persons in Nigeria live on less than US$1.25 per day.

40 million

40 million adults in Nigeria are financially excluded. (Financial exclusion means lack of access to either formal or informal financial services.)


Since 2014, almost 2 million people – more than half of whom are children had to abandon their homes due to conflict


The current population of Nigeria is 197,551,954  based on the latest United Nations estimates


Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.


At least 90 people need to leave poverty every minute” to achieve zero poverty in Nigeria by 2030
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals

Goals in action