Assesment of child poverty in rural border communities of South- Western and Central Nigeria
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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Submission date: 2021-11-24
Final revision date: 2021-12-13
Acceptance date: 2022-02-03
Online publication date: 2022-03-31
Publication date: 2022-03-31
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Kehinde Olayinka Popoola   

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Economic and Regional Studies 2022;15(1):107-125
Subject and purpose of work: This study assessed child poverty in rural border communities of Nigeria. Materials and methods: Primary data were used and children (5-16years) were respondents to the questionnaire administration. Results: The study revealed that 58% were male while 42% were female. Also, many of the children were in the age bracket 11–15years and more than half (53.9%) of the children were without formal education and into farming. Most of the children (72.4%) earned between N3000 and N10000 as their monthly income. The results further revealed that in the three LGAs, female children experience severe poverty compared to their male counterparts. The study also revealed that the children were severely deprived of: safe drinking water, health facilities, education, sanitised environment especially because there were no toilet facilities in the areas. Conclusions: The study recommended the need for the provision of clean portable water, Basic health care and well-equipped primary and secondary schools.
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