Bámidélé Upfront

Akinwumi Adesina’s Travails and the Failure of the Post-Colonial State, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Adesina is the first Nigerian to head the bank and all the fluff presently surrounding him is about his plan to wean Africa from consumption and jumpstart production. Apart from the proclivity of President Trump to upend and rip apart every world order that has brought relative peace and prosperity…
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Politics and Nigeria’s Electricity Sector, By Reuben Abati

What the federal government must watch closely and be careful about is the repeated threat that it intends to either review the privatisation of the electricity sector or cancel it altogether, whatever that double-talk There are larger implications about investor confidence, cost of likely litigation, the sanctity of contracts, service…
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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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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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Mr. President: What Would the Buhari Legacy Be?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The most important legacy the president should leave is an improvement of the security situation in the country. The expectation of Nigerians was that Boko Haram would be vanquished within the first year or two of his presidency. It did not happen. For over ten years now, the insurgency has…
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Columns

Does the Minister Work For A Chinese Company?, By Azu Ishiekwene

Except if the minister runs errands for the CCECC as side hustle, I’m bereft that he abandoned his post at the daily Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 and instead, zoomed off to the airport to receive guests of a private company at a time of national emergency. Health minister,…
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