Data for: Nigeria’s Working Poor Households - Characterizing Factors and Proposals for Welfare Programs

Published: 23 May 2020| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/696sjsnsx3.2
Chukwuemeka Onyimadu,
, Francis Onyedibe


The paper focuses on the increasing incidence of working poor families in Nigeria. Data from the ILO and NBS suggest that, not only is the number of working poor families in Nigeria increasing, it is increasing despite governments efforts at increasing the number of jobs created through the National Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP). This point to the assertion that, removing working poor families out of poverty will not solely depend on their being employed. The paper uses data from Nigeria’s General Household Survey (2018/2019 to characterize inducing factors of working poor families in Nigeria. The estimated results suggest that female – headed households, polygamous and divorced households, individuals who have never been married, size of employment establishment, and household expenditures, are inducing factors of the increase in working poor families in Nigeria. We recommend the supplementing of working poor families incomes through Living wage Laws and the establishment of a Contributory Savings Accounts. Extending health coverage through the establishment of State Health Insurance Schemes and the provision of affordable and quality housing through a state guaranteed Mortgage Schemes.



Poverty, Analysis of Poverty, Government Policy regarding Poverty