The precariousness of Niger’s economy worries

Niger's President Issoufou Mahamadou at the inauguration of a power station in Gorou Banda. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – In Niger, a recent Afro-Barometer survey indicates that the country’s economic conditions are deteriorating as the level of corruption increases. More than two-thirds of Nigerians disapprove of the current direction of the country according to the same survey.

The survey was conducted by the Social Dynamics and Local Development Studies and Research Laboratory (LASDEL), Afro-Barometer and the African School of Economics (ASE) on a sample of over 1,000 adults throughout the national territory.

“We interviewed 600 men and as many women in the so-called red areas (Diffa, Tillabéry),” said Ali Bako, researcher at LASDEL.

It’s about all sectors, and the results are pretty telling. For example, 67% of respondents think that the country is going in the wrong direction, while in 2015, they were three times less.

The proportion of Nigerians who are unhappy with the way the country’s economy is evolving has increased from 13% in 2015 to 55% in 2018.

On social conditions, Nigerians’ perceptions are rather pessimistic. ” More than half think she is living badly ” and living conditions are ” unfavorable ”.

As for corruption, “more than 60% of Nigeriens think that the administration is corrupt”. The police and gendarmerie services are at the top of the lists in this regard.

The results of the Afro-Barometer surveys are not followed by analyzes or recommendations. “Our goal is to provide decision-makers and citizens with data on the basis of which they can work,” concluded researcher Ali Bako.

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