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Sacrificing Our Future To Pamper Legislators, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The lack of fiscal discipline at a time of economic uncertainty like this is confounding. Must the National Assembly be renovated at this time? What is the national urgency in the renovation of the National Assembly complex, in comparison to the health of Nigerians during a pandemic or the ballooning…
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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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Indaboski Pahose: The Niche Supplier Of Hope and Entertainment, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Looking at his juvenile video game stunts, one is forced to think how this kind of charlatan got his following. Indaboski commands following because his followers hunger for identity and hope. He sells it to them via entertainment and navel-gazing flair. Our youths are lost. They are sick, hopeless and…
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COVID-19 Pandemic: Between Optimism and Denial, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The way the pandemic and its fallouts have been handled so far, shows that life and death decisions in the political arena are part of the executive's responsibility. Those who are supposed to rally the republic and be in a Churchillian mode are behaving as if this is a temporary…
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Will Nigeria Waste the Lessons of the COVID-19 Crisis?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a nightmare scenario out there. President Buhari should level with Nigerians and let them know that hard times are here If we get creative and commit to looking inwards and developing the real sector, we can emerge from this stronger. In all of these, there is one big…
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Bill Gates: Not The Enemy of the Global South; Our Brains Are, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is painful to see a man who has dedicated his life to promoting global health getting dragged over hot coal for his good work. It has been one stupid allegation after the other. From mass sterilisation through vaccination to mass death on multiple continents, it would not have been…
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South-West Food Security: A Glance Backwards For The Future We Face, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The time is now for the South-West states to embark on a set of common institutional and organisational strategies for transforming agriculture through policies and investments. We need a plan to prioritise the value chains in food and export commodities focusing on meat, dairy, poultry, apiculture and fisheries. It was…
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Nigeria’s Urgent Need For A Supply Chain Czar, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

We are in dire straits and we do not have a national rallying point. A drawn out crisis could lead to shortages, starting with food and into every other thing, since we import most things. In a disruption, how do we coordinate logistics, haulage, rail etc. here? How can pharmaceutical…
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The Nigerian Political Economy In A Time of Corona Virus, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Unfortunately, there is no respite because it is a buyer's market out there. Nigeria's Bonny light cannot sell because we are demanding higher selling prices than Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Saudi and Iraq are offering generous discounts of between $5-$8 per barrel to buyers. With production cost of $17-$17 per…
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