Opinion

Scuttling Adesina’s AfDB Presidency: the Hand of Trump and the Voice of Macron?, By Simbo Olorunfemi

The history of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, in a way, is the history of post-colonial Africa, weighed down by the overwhelming influence of colonialists, imperialists, intending-colonialists and an African leadership tied to these apron-strings, lacking in vision and political will to pull in the right direction. Presidents Donald…
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Opinion

Ludo and Draught, ASUU Strike, and the Minister’s Leprosy of the Mouth, By Aliyu Barau

The unguarded utterances of Dr. Nigige are likely to negatively impinge on his abilities and capacity to serve as chief negotiator with trade unions on behalf of the government. I am also underlining this view with the Igbo saying: mkpisiri aka ruta mmanu, ozue ndi ozo, which means that, if…
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Opinion

Governance Ethics: Any Lessons from the African Development Bank?, By Donald Amaeshi

AfDB has allegedly finally succumbed to the demands of powerful stakeholders for an independent investigation. This exemplifies how an organisation can be in full compliance of its internal process and yet act in a way that might negatively affect its reputation by failing to gain the trust of its stakeholders.…
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Columns

Africa’s Population Explosion: A Ticking Time Bomb, By Ebere Onwudiwe

Policymakers on the continent should know that our current population explosion is bad news. That it is a time bomb, ready to be detonated by a palpable youth bulge that is already fuelling insecurity in some countries. In a clear "Africa Day 2020," message last Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari warned…
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Columns

The Central Bank’s Benchmark Rate and the Rest of the Economy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Despite the country’s large debt profile, the oil and gas sector remains a big driver of economic output. Until government demonstrates that it can more efficiently use domestic resources, ought we to continue policies that evacuate the citizens’ pockets in order to keep a profligate government supplied? The decision, last…
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Columns

Why Trump May Throw AfDB’s Adesina Inside the Bandama River, By Festus Adedayo

Trump and his gruff would win this war and Adesina, with his hallowed credentials and celebrated knowledge, may be thrown into the Bandama River pretty sooner than we imagined. The Bandama River is reputed to be the longest and in its commercial value, the most sought after river in Côte…
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Opinion

The COVID-19 Riddle, Africa and the Anikulapo Factor, By Simbo Olorunfemi

Experts are looking at all sorts - genetics, climate, culture, public policy and all that for The answer to the riddle is perhaps in the riddle. Africa is perhaps the proverbial Anikulapo, with death in her pouch, dodging the bullets of projections directed at her fragile belly. Just as she…
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Opinion

Reappraising Ugwuanyi’s Five-year Stewardship Amidst COVID-19, By Louis Amoke

...it is undisputable that Governor Ugwuanyi has performed creditably and has remained committed to his solemn mandate to continue to reward ‘Ndi Enugu’ with peace and good governance and build Enugu State of the founding fathers’ dream. Let us, therefore, continue to pray and support his development and people-centered administration…
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