Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state out shined all other governors in the country to emerge 2015/2016 Governor of the Year.
This is according to a study conducted by the Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies, (CIAPS). According to the report, Lagos, which is Africa’s 7th largest economy and its Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode outperformed others in the 2016 CIAPS Governors Performance Index (CPGI), finishing strong at top spot with 74 percent.
The performance index is a monthly performance review of what Governors across the country are doing in their offices. CIAPS said it measured the performance of the 36 Governors in Africa’s largest economy in the last one year, as well undertook a comparative analysis of the states, before arriving at the result.
In a statement released by the Centre’s coordinator, Mr Olumuyiwa Ayoola, he explained that the variables used as indexes for performance were mathematically calculated and this end of the year’s variables included “Payment of Salary, Infrastructure & Health, Education, Security and Business Opportunity and Employment”.
He added that the action of each state governor was monitored and studied from their first day in office and the findings were graded and compared to that of fellow governors across the country.
Edo and Cross-River states were ranked second and third with 70 and 68 percent respectively. Adamawa, this year’s worst performing state, hobbled off with 39 percent. Nigeria’s industrial hub, Ogun state, scored 55 percent as its salary payment record was one of the worst.
Low scores on key indices submerged Adamawa, while non-salary payments pulled Imo state down despite scoring high on education. Education at all levels is free in Imo state, though it has drawn wide criticisms on the policy’s sustainability.
The Governors of Adamawa and Bayelsa States continue to remain at the bottom of the list as all finished in the bottom places with not more than a score of 39%.
Commenting on the report, the Centre Director and CGPI Chair, Prof Anthony Kila, stated that the CGPI is a useful tool for democracy and good governance as it allows government to be objectively measured against their peers and compels all in power to be mindful of accountability.
He also said that the CGPI monthly reports was meant to motivate governors to sit up, improve their performances during their tenure and even enter into healthy competition between themselves for the benefit of their states and the country as a whole.
He advised that Governors rated as poor to roll up their sleeves and improve governance rather than enter into a media war or words with observers.