Adams Oshiomhole, the governor of Edo state has predicted that the year 2016 will be a tough one for Nigerians, considering the crisis currently rocking the economy.
Speaking yesterday, December 22, at a meeting with traditional rulers from Edo central senatorial district, the governor said the continued decline in national revenue was an indication that the people would be facing difficult times in the coming year, Vanguard reports.
He said: “It is clear from all indicators that the coming year is likely to be very tough with the continued decline in revenue and rising expectation on the part of our people and with many state governments, local governments, and perhaps, even some federal agencies defaulting in the payment of salaries and allowances to workers.
“The level of strike activities in the economy is going to be very high and of course, the level of unemployment is already unacceptably high and it could get even higher if we are not careful. So, we have a lot of challenges ahead.”
Oshiomhole however, expressed optimism that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government would do what needs to be done to ensure that the country stays stable and safe.
“The rest of us as state governments have responsibilities, working with the local governments and your good selves, the traditional rulers, to ensure that there is peace,” he added.
2015 is coming to an end and predictions for 2016 have started rolling in. Five days ago, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state gave his own predictions of what will be in the coming year. According to him, corruption under Buhari will be on the increase and poverty in the nation will be at its highest in history.