New Year Poll Result Release

In 2021; Economy, Education and Security Top Three Areas Nigerians Expect Government To Focus Its Attention

Abuja, Nigeria. January 5th, 2020 – A new public opinion poll released by NOIPolls has revealed that the top three areas Nigerians want the government to focus its effort in 2021 include Economy (51 percent), Education (50 Percent) and Security (45 Percent). The other areas Nigerians expect the government to focus its attention include Infrastructure development (Road) (42 Percent), Electricity (36 Percent), Health (29 percent), Agriculture (19 Percent), Job Creation (10 Percent), Reduction in prices of goods and services (5 percent) and lastly water (2 percent).

With regards to the economy, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated that the Nigerian economy slipped into recession at the end of the third quarter which ended in September 2020 after it shrinked by 6.1 percent in Q2 2020. According to the NBS, this recession is the worst since 1987 as the Gross Domestic Product in real terms declined by -3.62% (year-on-year) in the third quarter of 2020 and is driven by the long closure of the Nigerian borders which restricted economic movements across the borders.[1] Interestingly, respondents lamented over the high cost of goods and services in the country during the course of the survey, hence the demand for the government and decision makers to focus their attention on the economy in 2021.

On the Education, 50 percent of Nigerians nationwide want the government to significantly focus its attention on the sector, given the low budget allocated to the sector as well as the reoccurring strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has crippled academic activities in our citadel of learnings. Also, opinion on security revealed that 49 Percent of Nigerians nationwide request that the government should improve on the security situation in the country. Nigeria is faced with various security challenges ranging from terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in the North, increasing violence between herders and farming communities spreading from the central belt south-ward, separatist Biafra agitation in the South-East and long-running discontent and militancy in the Niger Delta etc.[2]

Given the above challenges, the federal government, state government and concerned stakeholders need to place high priority on ensuring that challenges surrounding these sectors that Nigerians have pointed-out are drastically improved so as to improve the economy and foster national development in the country at large. These are the key highlights from the New Year Poll conducted in the week commencing December, 14th 2020.

Survey Background

The New Year celebration is one of the most celebrated events in Nigeria and often characterized by various activities to usher in the New Year with great excitement and optimism as well as resolutions to be better individuals. It is expected and believed that 2021 will come along with some economic relief. Aside the economy, Nigerians have high expectation that New Year will bring a lot of positivities considering that 2020 was a unique year especially with the emergence of Coronavirus. It is also expected that the government will focus its attention on key areas to create desired socio-economic changes that would stimulate development of the nation as well as improve the lives of the citizens. Against this backdrop, NOIPolls conducted a survey to gauge the perceptions and opinions of Nigerians regarding their expectation in 2021.

Survey Findings

Thesurvey result revealed that Nigerians (51 percent) expect the government of Nigeria to focus its attention on the Economy of the country. It is on record that Nigeria’s economy experienced consecutive decline in Q2 and Q3 of 2020 thereby plunging the country into recession. As a result, inflation in Nigeria grew from 13.71 percent in September 2020 to 14.89 in November, 2020 for all items while food items experienced an increase in inflation from 16.66 percent to 18.30 percent in November 2020 according to the central bank[1]. From the foregoing, it shows that a lot of Nigerians wriggled under the enormous economic hardship, hence the clamor for the government to address the sector in the New Year. 

Similarly, 50 percent of Nigerians expect the government to focus its attention in the area of Education. The low budget alloacation and steady trike actions by the Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have contributed to the challenges facing the sector, hence the need for government to pay more attention to the sector. In addition, 45 percent singled out Security situation which is another area that is yearning for attention from the government in 2021. The issue of terrorism in the North East, banditry activities in the North-West and Kidnappings which occur everywhere in the country are some of the security challenges experienced by Nigerians amongst others.

Other areas include Infrastructure (Road) (42 Percent), Electricity (36 Percent), Health (29 Percent), Agriculture (19 Percent), Job creation (10 percent), Reduction in prices of goods and services (5 percent), and Water (2 percent).

Conclusion

In conclusion, the poll has revealed that Nigerians want the government to focus its attention mostly in the areas of Economy, Education and Security in 2021. Therefore, it is advised for the government to listen to the yearnings of the citizens and focus on these critical areas in 2021. This is an agenda-setting target by the citizens which climax in having the job of the government set out for it in the New year. Whether the government will heed to these genuine yearnings of Nigerians is left to be seen as Nigerians are expentant that the government will listen and channel its energy and machineries in these directions.

Survey Method

The poll was conducted in the week commencing December 14th, 2020. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 4.65%.

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[1] https://guardian.ng/news/nigeria-slips-into-another-recession-under-buhari/

[2] https://www.crisisgroup.org/africa/west-africa/nigeria

[3] https://www.cbn.gov.ng/rates/inflrates.asp