Pius Okigbo (February 6, 1924 — 2000) was an eminent Nigerian economist from Ojoto, the present headquarters of Idemili South Local Government Area in Anambra State; he was the older brother of the poet Christopher Okigbo. Receiving his secondary schooling at Christ the King College, Onitsha, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics through private study, after, he proceeded to Northwestern University, where he earned an MA and Ph.D in Economics.
As a scholar, he contributed a great deal[clarification needed] in propelling into academic discourse, new methods for solving African economic problems. He gained academic acclaim in Nigeria when he published a book on the national accounting standard of Nigeria. He was then appointed as the economic adviser to the governor of the Eastern region of Nigeria.
As an erudite scholar on public finance, he lent his service to public scholarship and policy, he was chairman in a number of Nigerian committees, particularly those dealing with the economic direction of the country. In 1994, as chairman of a committee to probe the activities of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he released a report critical of the government's role in mismanaging 12.4 billion dollars of oil revenues accrued primarily to two special accounts. The panel's report is popularly known as the Okigbo report.
He was one of the scholars who believed that commodity shocks, deficit financing and government mismanagement are the bane of Nigeria's economic development.
- Pius Okigbo Citation, Nigerian Merit Award
- Mbanefo, Arthur C I (8–9 June 2001). "Vision and Policy in Nigerian Economics: The Legacy of Pius Okigbo" (PDF). Part 1, Memoirs and Tributes. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
Pius had laid a very good foundation for his higher education at Christ The King College, Onitsha where he had a most brilliant academic career