Ukachi Chukwu: Trump’s Presidency And Nigeria

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 The day is finally here. In less than 18 hours, billionaire business man, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of United States. He will be succeeding the charismatic, first black President of the United States, Barack Obama, who is leaving office as America’s 3rd most loved President. A year ago, […]

Akin Rotimi: Two Transitions And A Dog’s Bad Name

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 This is a historic week in the world as far as democratic transitions are concerned. On Friday, January 20, 2017, President Barack Obama would be handing over as President of the United States of America to Donald Trump, the maverick businessman turned politician who won the 58th quadrennial American presidential election. Africa is also scheduled to […]

Ibrahim Anoba: Nigeria’s Experiment With Welfarism Threatens Its Economic Future

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 The Nigerian government recently launched the Social Investment Programme (SIP), a welfare scheme aimed at alleviating poverty. Through SIP, the government plans to feed 3.5 million schoolchildren, create jobs and offer loans to 1.6 million Nigerians. The program’s framework might seem noble and appealing, but its dependence on borrowing makes poverty eradication doubtful while increasing […]

Nigeria Only Needs 6 Ministers. Sack The Other 30! – by Dr. Joe Abah

Dr. Joe Abah

 hat got your attention, right? Preposterous idea, isn’t it? Or is it? Well, proponents of the Minimalist State argue that Government should only focus on Security, Health and Education, and leave everything else to the private sector to do. They will say “Let’s allow government to only have Ministers for Health, Education, Defence and Interior. […]

Bukola Ogunyemi: Appraising Kaduna’s Smart Infrastructure Plan

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 Kaduna State knows that infrastructural development is a straightforward way to inject money into the economy and lay the foundation for long-term growth. This is why it has committed N108 billion of its 2016 budget to capital expenditure and will further commit N130 billion in 2017. Already, 421 contracts have been awarded for renovation of […]

JJ, Omojuwa: Corruption, wealth creation and the Nigerian elite

Joshua Omojuwa

 Nigeria is a tough place to start a business, and even a much tougher place to run one. When you check the World Bank’s annual Ease of Doing Business Report, you’d actually see that doing business in Nigeria that was a tough ordeal has only got tougher over the years. From its best ranking of […]

Ghana’s Lesson to Africa – Akin Rotimi

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 Change has come to Ghana. Following after President Muhammadu Buhari, his fellow septuagenarian Nigerian counterpart, President Akufo-Addo has come to office on the back of campaign messaging centred on change. Judging by the electoral outcome, the NPP’s slogan of “Arise for Change” and “Ghana must work again” resonated more with the majority of the Ghanaian […]

The many lessons from the 2016 Ghana elections – Itodo Samson

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 One month after the wind of change blew across West Africa’s poster child of democracy, Ghana, her newly elected President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo of National Patriotic Party (NPP) has been sworn into office in an atmosphere of jubilation and elegance. It is not surprising that the wind of change that blew across Nigeria and […]

If Africa Is Serious About A Free Trade Area It Needs To Act Quickly, And Differently

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 Africa is moving towards crystallising an ambitious integration agenda of establishing a continental free trade area by October. This comes against a backdrop of an apparent trend away from mega-regional trade agreements in both Europe and the US. African leaders appear to be undaunted by this. Their commitment to a continental-wide free trade area was […]