President Goodluck Jonathan
By Kunle Aderinokun
NOI Polls has shown that a most Nigerians believed the economy has performed averagely since 1960, when it attained independence, compared to Ghana and South Africa.
This reflected the perception of the majority of respondents as contained in a survey conducted by NOI Polls titled: “Nigeria at 52: Living our dreams?”
Specifically, 40 per cent, being the majority of the respondents believed the economy had performed averagely since 1960 in comparison to Ghana and South Africa and 32 per cent submitted that it performed poorly.
While 17 per cent of the respondents perceived the economy as having performed very poorly, 7 per cent and 1 per cent felt the economy performed well and very well, respectively.
The Nigerians sampled expressed their opinion on the growth of the economy as directly impacting their everyday lives.
The results from the Independence Day polls also indicated that majority (93 per cent) of Nigerians were proud to be Nigerians but the overwhelming majority (88 per cent) asserted that the vision of Nigeria has made a departure from what it used to be at Independence. This was linked to the continued threat to the nation’s peaceful co-existence, mismanagement of the country’s resources and lack of infrastructural development.
The report added: “Also the results revealed that Nigerians over six months (May to October) have replaced security with electricity/power as the key national issue to be focused on by the current administration.
“Furthermore, when asked for the meaning of Federalism (decentralisation of power across the three tiers of government: Federal, State and Local government), almost one in two Nigerians say they do not know the meaning of the term. This highlights a high level of illiteracy in political matters amongst the majority of the Nigerian adult population.”
It stressed the need for all socio political groups to endeavor to educate the Nigerians on political and civic matters. This, according to the survey, would help in enlightening majority of the voting public on expectations tied to performance of their various political leaders.
Also a similar snap poll done in April, 2012 to test the awareness of a call for a Sovereign National Conference by eminent Nigerian Political leaders in the media showed that nine in 10 Nigerians were unaware of this call.
“Respondents were asked for the single most important issue that Nigeria needs addressed in the next three years of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. In response, the majority (18 per cent) affirm that the most important issue is to improve electricity. The next majority pointed to eradicate corruption (15 per cent) and create job opportunities (15 per cent).
“Comparing the current result above with the responses gathered from a similar snap poll conducted in May 2012, there has been a significant shift in a number of issues considered as top priority to be addressed by the current administration. “The results show that amongst the respondents, there has been a drastic reduction in the percentage of those that consider insecurity the most important issue to be addressed, dropping from 37 per cent in May to 13 per cent in October,” it added.