Governors from Nigeria’s 36 states are claiming that their policies contributed immensely to the quick turnaround of the national economy which wriggled itself out of recession much faster than the public had expected.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, in a statement through its secretariat, said its assessment has recorded 69 per cent success in Public Expenditure Reforms being implemented by governments at the sub-national level.
According to the NGFS statement, “Several economists have argued that since most economic activities take place in the states, they might have indirectly assisted the economic recovery that the nation is now celebrating.”
The forum drew its conclusion following a presentation made by an NGFS economist, Mr. David Nabena, ahead of the NGF forthcoming conference on fiscal sustainability scheduled for November 2017.
Ironically Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the governor’s to pay salaries and pensions owed in their states, saying those being owed required the money to pay bills such as house rent and school fees.