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Nigeria Going Back To What It Was in 1980 ― Sanusi

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Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has said that going by Nigeria’s GDP per capital on purchasing power parity, it is technically like the country has made no progress in the past 40 years,

 

The former Governor of Central Bank( CBN), stated this at a colloquium in Kaduna on Saturday to mark his 60th birthday anniversary.

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“In 1980, Nigeria’s GDP per capital on purchasing power parity basis was $2,180. In 2014, it appreciated by 50 per cent to $3,099. According to the World Bank, where were we in 2019? $2,229. At this rate in the next two years in terms of purchasing power parity, the average income of a Nigerian would have gone back to what it was in 1980 under Shehu Shagari. That means, in 40 years, no progress, we made zero progress. 40 years wasted.”

 

“Between 2014 and 2029, on the basis of this index of the purchasing power of the average income of an average Nigerian, we have wiped out all the progress made in 35 years. We have a responsibility as a people to rise and improve the lives of the people of this country.”

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“It is no longer about government, political parties, traditionsl rulers, Emirs. The days are gone of saying one class of people whether they are Emirs or civil servants cannot talk. When there is fire, everyone has to go with a bucket of water. We need to understand how our economy works as a people, we need to understand our choices. 70 per cent of our challenges in this country from insecurity to herder/farmer clashes, all have their roots in economy. Even this shout about restructuring is about economics, it is about resources. We need to grow this economy and make it work for the poor people.” the statement partly read.

 

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