The Nation : Lagos, Delta lead competitiveness report
Lagos State topped the first National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN) report unveiled in Lagos at the weekend. It was followed by Delta and River states. Borno and Gombe states, however, were at the bottom with 36th and 37th positions respectively.
NCCN Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Matthias Chika Mordi, said the report, which include the sub-National Index (SNI), ranked all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in four key areas:HumanCapital, Infrastructure, Economy and Institutions.
Lagos was best in infrastructure and economy, but Borno and Zamfara were poor in human capital, no thanks to healthcare and education issues.
According to the report, all the states performed very well, in at least, one of the four themes, and 23 sub-themes.
Mordi said the new SNI is a platform for research and discussion to boost the discourse on how to move the country from oil dependency, and embrace a diversified economy.
‘’The report also emphasises the importance of competitiveness at the state level, highlighting local and state governance, and the vital role each state plays in the overall path to job-rich growth.
“In aggregate, Nigeria remains challenged in its competitiveness. We expect the SNI to have a catalytic effect in competitive state policies, which will ultimately lead to greater business productivity, resulting in job creation and poverty reduction,” he said.
The NCCN said it collected data for the report in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and research groups while a total of 8,147 households were sampled.
They also collected information randomly from 2000 private businesses and used probability proportional to size (PPS) within each sector. Of this number, 1820 businesses responded to the survey, representing a 91 per cent response rate.
“The index is a culmination of 20 months of intense work. We’ve worked rigorously to ensure objectivity and transparency in our methodology, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
“Where possible, we applied effective tools for cross-validation, and ease of replicability. It is by no means perfect, but we envisage improvements with subsequent iterations of the index,’’ Mordi added.
Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke praised the report, urging the states to be more productive.