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Competing Public Narratives V. Co-optation By The Current One, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Even in the face of years of co-optation by a venal state, of some of the best minds out of civil society, folks still insist that it is better to serve incompetent governments from “inside” than to (painfully) develop both a new public narrative and the structures that will aid…
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Xenophobia, Economic Downturns, and Social Envy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

If we judge the rectitude of policies by their outcomes and not by how well-intended they were, there is no doubt that the ZANU-PF’s command-and-control policies ruined that beautiful country. Context, then, within which to appraise the decision by the ruling All Progressives Congress in Nigeria that the solution to…
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Nigerian Criminals Vs. Nigerians As Criminals, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Parts of the echo chamber expended much effort in colouring the distinction between “criminals who are Nigerians”, and an offshore process that, on the strength of this, seeks to demonise “every Nigerian as a criminal”. The facts, of course, don’t support this conclusion. “American authorities charged 80 people in relation…
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Pushing Our “Peter Pans” Closer To Their Sunsets, By Uddin Ifeanyi

A better use of government’s resources (whether at the national, regional, or municipal levels) would be to improve the resilience of domestic economic actors, including through promoting competition that ensures (1) that households are spoilt for choice; and (2) barriers to exit and entrance across industrial activity sectors are as…
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Dealing With Nigeria’s Changing Operating Environment, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...there are really few options to investing in a workforce that is both nimble and agile. Not many may yet call global points of inflection. So its current challenge is to have a population and an infrastructure base that can turn on a kobo as it responds to changes in…
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Concerning The Myth Of The Efficiency Of Nigeria Inc., By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the truth is that much of what passes for success in the private sector in Nigeria today is the result not so much of improvements in productivity, innovation, or creativity, nor of increases in the amount of capital each worker has available (and can use); but because of an incestuous…
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Outside Insiders, Policy Flip-flops, And Oracles, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Understandably, for most Nigerian companies, rather than go through the toilsome process of organising those elaborate year-end strategy sessions, where no sooner has the ink dried on the resulting strategy document than the operating environment changes radically, a better route to sustainable market presence is to strengthen their regulatory affairs…
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