Gombe ranks best in socio-economic performance index in Nigeria
Gombe State has been rated best in the socio-economic performance index among the 36 states and the FCT.
This is contained in a press statement issued by Mr Ismaila Uba-Misilli, Director-General, Press Affairs, Gombe Government House in Gombe.
Uba-Misilli said the ranking was based on the 2023 National Assessment Report by pcl. State Performance Index (PSPI), an independent organisation which provides insights into the socio-economic performance and risk profiles of Nigerian states.
He said that the state secured the top spot with a PSPI score of 0.80, ranking first with an AAA rating, indicating an excellent performance while Jigawa, Ekiti and FCT occupied second, third and fourth positions respectively.
Quoting the report, Uba-Misilli said Gombe was rated high in most of the socio-economic parameters that were considered which include: economic potentials, socioeconomic performance and risk management.
“At regional level, the report indicated that Gombe State stands out as the top-performing state in the North-East affected by Boko Haram Insurgency.
“Despite being in the least position in terms of socio-economic potential, the Gombe State government; efficiently utilises its limited resources to drive significant socio-economic performance”, the report noted.
Uba-Misilli stated that the report attributed the high rating of Gombe State to “the continuity in government, ongoing investments in infrastructure, alignment with federal initiatives, economic diversification, and strategic agricultural programmes”.
He stated that the report further underscored the high rating of the state to the role of the state government in being catalyst for turning around the fortunes of the state and putting it on the sustainable path of growth and development.
Uba-Misilli said that the report maintained that “the state government is well-positioned to maximise the benefits of federal government initiatives and programmes.
According to him, the report also appreciates the efficient resource utilisation, effective citizen engagement and the government’s responsiveness to the genuine concerns of its people.
“On improvement in security, the report affirmed that despite its location in the North-East, a region seriously affected by Boko Haram insurgency, Gombe State has experienced unparalleled peace and security.
“Gombe State has effectively managed the coexistence of diverse ethnic and occupational groups, notably farmers and herders.
“The state government’s proactive approach to security issues and its commitment to fostering peaceful coexistence contribute to its stable outlook.
“ This stability is a solid foundation for sustained progress and economic growth”, it said.