The burden before state governors

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By Clifford Ndujihe, Acting Political Editor

FROM Lagos to Sokoto, Rivers to Borno, and Taraba to Kwara, the 36 state governors have huge tasks on their hands as Nigeria marks 20 years of unbroken democratic rule.

 

Today, 29 governors will be sworn-in; 12 of them as first timers across the country. In the next four years, the 29 men alongside seven others, who took oaths of office earlier and as such did not face the ballot box in the 2019 polls, will lead the country in the tough battle against insecurity, poverty, joblessness and other poor human development indices.

President Muhammadu Buhari (sitting middle) with APC Governors after their meeting at the President’s House in Daura, Katsina State on Friday (16/2/18)

Currently, 93 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty and according to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Nigeria has the world’s third lowest life expectancy rate of 55 years. The life expectancy of an average Nigerian in 2019 is only better than…



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