The World Bank has noted that Nigeria’s per capita income could fall to its lowest since 1980.
The global institution’s country director, Shubham Chaudhuri, who gave the hint while speaking on Monday at the 26th summit of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), warned said Nigeria was at a “critical juncture.”
According to him, the country was yet to recover from the oil price shock of 2014-2016 before the coronavirus outbreak.
Chauduri noted that the collapse in crude oil prices, had a devastating impact on Nigeria’s revenue, balance of payments and remittances from Nigerians in diaspora.
“Crisis like this is often what it takes to bring a nation together to have that consensus within the political, business, government, military, civil society to say and we have to do something that departs from business as usual,” he said.
“And for Nigeria, this is a critical juncture. With the contraction in GDP that could happen this year, Nigeria’s per capital income could be around what it was in 1980 – four decades ago.”
He noted further between 2015-2019, 15 million Nigerian youth became of working age but only about 4 million found the kinds of jobs and opportunities they wished.
Per capita income (PCI) measures the average income earned per person in a given country in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the country’s total income by its total population.
In 1980, according to World Bank data, Nigeria’ PCI was $847.40 and $2,229.9 in 2019.