Nigerians Risk Reversal Of Decades Of Economic Growth – World Bank

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Nigerians Risk Reversal Of Decades Of Economic Growth – World Bank

An average Nigerian might witness a reversal of decades of economic growth and the country might slip into its worst depression since the 1980s in the next three years, the World Bank said yesterday in a website statement.

But the  latest World Bank Nigeria Development Update (NDU) observed that the trend could be averted provided present reforms were sustained and the right blend of policy measures were put in place.

The report examined the recently executed reforms in Africa’s biggest economy and prescribed policy options as buffers against the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in order to achieve a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery.

“Nigeria is at a critical historical juncture, with a choice to make. Nigeria can choose to break decisively from business-as-usual, and rise to its considerable potential by sustaining the bold reforms that have been taken thus far and going even further and with an even greater sense of urgency to promote faster and more inclusive economic growth.” said Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director  for Nigeria.

The World Bank document has projected that the economy could tighten by 4 per cent this year  due to impacts of COVID-19 and weak oil prices. According to the World Bank, the  speed of recovery next year and after is pretty unpredictable and subject to the swiftness of reforms, the multilateral lender said.

The World Bank remarked that the food crisis had accelerated significantly while “economic precarity is on the rise because unemployed workers have migrated to the low-productivity agricultural sector.”

“Nigeria can build on its reform momentum to contain the spread of COVID-19, stimulate the economy, and enable the private sector to be the engine of growth and job creation,” said Marco Hernandez, World Bank Lead Economist for Nigeria.

Nigeria is expected to redirect public spending from subsidies that benefit the rich towards investments in Nigeria’s people and youth in particular, and lay foundations for a strong recovery to help make progress towards lifting 100 million people out of poverty.

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