Nigerians task government on economy, employment, power supply
The latest poll by NOIPolls has revealed that Nigerians want the Federal Government to prioritise the improvement of the economy, create job opportunities and ensure steady electricity supply for all in 2020. Indeed, the New Year celebration is one of the most celebrated events in Nigeria and often characterised by various activities to usher in the new calendar.
NOIPolls, in its yearly New Year Poll to gauge the expectations of Nigerians for 2020, released yesterday on its website, said that while Nigerians ushered in a new decade with great excitement and optimism, as well as resolutions to be better individuals, great expectations also await the government on the creation of desired socio-economic changes that would stimulate development of the nation, as well as affect the lives of the citizens positively.
The poll result revealed that the top three areas most Nigerians want the government to focus its attention on in 2020 are the economy, with 70 percent ratio; job creation, 69 percent; and electricity supply, 62 percent. Other areas mentioned include education, 55 percent; infrastructural development, 38 percent; healthcare, 29 percent; agriculture, 23 percent; and security, seven percent.
On the economy, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew from 2.12 percent in the second quarter of 2019 to 2.29 percent in the third quarter of 2019, indicating a slight increase of 0.17 percent. With regards to job creation, 69 percent of Nigerians want the government to channel its resources to ensuring that they create more jobs for its citizens in 2020. This will go a long way in reducing the level of poverty and number of dependent people as well as in reducing crime rate in the country.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report, unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 23.10 per cent in the third quarter of 2018 from 22.70 percent in the second quarter of 2018. However, during the course of the survey, most of the respondent lamented the increasing cost of goods and services in the country especially food items. Given that average Nigerians are yet to feel the impact of the increase in the nation’s GDP, the call for government to focus its attention on the economy this year is understandable.
Opinion on power revealed that 62 percent of the respondents expect the government to significantly focus its attention on the sector, considering that this sector has faced huge challenges over the years. The status quo in terms of electricity generation and distributions is still inadequate considering the country’s population. Adequate electricity means that Nigerians will be empowered to work from the domestic level and the cottage industries, through the small-scale and medium industries to employment in the large-scale manufacturing complexes.
The NOIPolls stressed the need for Federal Government and concerned stakeholders to place high priority on ensuring that challenges surrounding these sectors that Nigerians have singled out are drastically improved to improve the economy and foster national development in the country.
It also revealed that the status quo on the economy, job creation and electricity supply as well as in other sectors mentioned are no longer acceptable as most Nigerians task the government to improve these sectors in 2020.Thus, the onus lies on the government to listen to the demands of its citizens and work to improve these areas that Nigerians have pointed out to ensure a better quality of life for all its citizens.