Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has been named “Nigerian 2015/2016 Governor of the Year”. The study conducted by the Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS) based on a comparative analysis of governors’ performance in Nigeria. The study tagged CIAPS Governors’ Performance Index (CGPI) is a monthly performance review of what governors across the country are doing in their offices and what they have achieved so far. Olumuyiwa Ayoola, the CGPI coordinator, said that the action of each governor was monitored and studied from their first day in office. Then the findings were graded and compared to that of fellow governors across the country.
This year, Lagos state and its governor came first with 74%, while Edo and Cross River states took second and third positions respectively with 70% and 65%. Commenting on the CGPI report, Prof Anthony Kila, CIAPS centre director and CGPI chair, said 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”. Kila expressed hope that the CGPI monthly reports would make governors improve their performances during their tenure and even enter into healthy competition between themselves for the benefit of their states. He advised those governors who rated poor to work harder and improve governance instead of starting a war or words with observers.