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The Role of Statistics in Promoting Good Governance in Nigeria’s Democracy



The quest for democracy and good governance has been a global phenomenon over the years and Nigeria which is still green in democracy is not an exception. Evidence has shown that both in the theoretical and empirical literature, democracy, good governance and statistics mutually reinforces one another and are supportive of economic development. In fact, this probably underscores the popular saying that the worst form of democracy is better than a military regime no matter how good it may be. The indispensability of statistics for economic development cannot be overemphasized. Statistics provides the ingredient for planning and policy execution. It provides the numbers for matching resources with needs, particularly, ensuring equity and justice. The paper aimed at demonstrating how democracy and good governance are appraised using statistics in Nigeria. Descriptive statistics was utilised in exploring this link. The findings suggest that Nigeria‟s democracy has underperformed in the last decade. The paper recommended a refocused and coordinated three tiered governance to reduce corruption and ensure an inclusive sustainable economic growth and development

Topics: Key Words, Democracy, Good governance and Statistics
Year: 2015
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