Breaking: Nigeria back into recession, worst since 1987

 

Nigeria is back into a recession, the worst the country has experienced since 1987.

This is according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which released new information on Saturday. The gross domestic product (GDP) figures released by the NBS show that the nation’s economy recorded a contraction of 3.62 per cent in the third quarter of 2020.

This is the second decline in the GDP for consecutive quarters since the most recent recession of 2016.

The NBS stated that the cumulative GDP for the first nine months of 2020 stood at -2.48 per cent.

It was in 1987 that Nigeria recorded such cumulative GDP, when it declined by 10.8 per cent.

This is the second recession in Nigeria’s democratic experience under President Muhamadu Buhari. It is also the fourth experience under his tenure as head of state.