GDP re­bas­ing fic­ti­tious, de­ceit­ful –Kwankwaso

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dulka­dir Bad­sha Mukhtar, Kano

Gover­nor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has crit­i­cised the re­cent re­bas­ing of Nigeria’s Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP) which made the na­tion’s econ­omy the largest in Africa, de­scrib­ing it as fic­ti­tious and de­ceit­ful.

Kwankwaso spoke when he re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion of ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of the African Demo­cratic Congress (ADC) in his of­fice on Tues­day.

He said the federal govern­ment should be more prac­ti­cal and sen­si­tive to what is hap­pen­ing on the ground in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing on fic­tion.

“The econ­omy that they claim to have grown is the econ­omy of Abuja. Any prac­ti­cal econ­o­mist will know that the fig­ures they gave are not com­men­su­rate with what is truly on the ground. The fig­ures they gave are far from the truth. Go to the streets, you will see people hun­gry, de­pressed and im­pov­er­ished. There is no food, no elec­tric­ity, no se­cu­rity and there is poverty every­where. You can­not talk of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment where people are killed daily and people are sleep­ing with one eye open. With­out peace, I am sure our econ­omy can­not be the big­gest in Africa. If one can go to the streets and tell people that the na­tion’s econ­omy has pro­gressed, they will laugh at him. That is even if you are lucky that you are not beaten up and left with scars on your face”, the gover­nor said. Nige­ri­ans, he ar­gued, ir­re­spec­tive of their ge­o­graph­i­cal ar­eas, are an­gry that things are not work­ing well pri­mar­ily a small num­ber of people that are up­stairs that are mak­ing sure that noth­ing trick­les to the grass-roots. He urged the ADC to join hands with his party to fight such “in­jus­tice” in 2015, be­cause ac­cord­ing to him the two par­ties will have no op­tion rather than to move the na­tion for­ward. Spokesman of the del­e­ga­tion who is the Na­tional Or­ga­niz­ing Sec­re­tary of the ADC, Al­haji Manu Ibrahim Ah­mad, said the visit was to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween his party and the Kano State govern­ment. Though, they did not make any com­mit­ment to join the APC dur­ing the visit, the party said it ap­pre­ci­ated what Kwankwaso is do­ing to take Kano to the next level of de­vel­op­ment and are will­ing to col­lab­o­rate with him for at­tain­ment of his fu­ture am­bi­tion.

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