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Could We Reform The Retail End Of The Power Sector?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

It would matter a lot what financial engineering schemes would be included in the reforms to address this problem — short of declaring the distribution companies bankrupt and inviting new bids for their asset. But by far the most important aspect of any reform to the sector, given its impact…
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How I Celebrated This Year’s Women’s Day, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...isn’t the conversation about women about a different sort of power? The rights of the girl child, for instance? And her power over her own body — so that she’s not forced into early marriage, nor threatened by the stigma from medical complications often associated with this. How much of…
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Buhari: Another Four Years of Same-Type Economic Stewardship?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...in the last four years, discussions around options for the Nigerian economy have come up hard against the almost Soviet socialist predilections of President Buhari. In this context, it is hard to insist that over the next four years, the central task of boosting domestic productivity would be best achieved…
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Do We Need A Sovereign Wealth Fund?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

As we enter a new electoral cycle, our need to save off a transgenerational (wasting) asset (our crude oil exports) is as urgent as the requirement to break away from the procyclical spending patterns that have been responsible for our severe economic troughs and peak over the years. 1Malaysia Development…
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How Well Did We Do, Last Year?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Unfortunately, over the years, the federal government’s guidance on the economy’s outlook has diverged from eventual outcomes in ways that have turned the former into an exercise in creative writing. The eventual outcome, as in the numbers for last year’s budget, is not so much stranger than fiction. But undiluted…
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Rising Inequalities, Monetary Policy, and Social Cohesion, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...as a friend argued recently, “as income inequality rises, then, the challenges around social cohesion rise”. Across vast swathes of the country, this ugly dynamic is playing out at great cost in lost lives, property, and income-earning opportunities. That the central bank may be adding faggot to this fire ought…
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How An Artisanal Mindset Influences Public Policy Choices, By Uddin Ifeanyi

When we point to the failure of government difficulty with explaining an alternative to bad policy choices lies in this failure of the artisanal mind. How can a people who cannot properly count their costs and compensate for it in a way that enhances the quality of their lives hold…
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Restrictions To Our Freedoms and Our Sense of Duty, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Where I doubt is when the CDA then plans to impose a lockdown on the estate that permits financial members alone ingress and egress. Sure, by naming and shaming non-financial members, we may get them to put their money where their expectations lie. However, are there no better ways of…
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Of Presidential Debates And Incompetent Governance, By Uddin Ifeanyi

It matters, therefore, that invited to adjudge the suitability of different individuals for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we should place great store on their respective understanding of the problems faced by the country. And the solutions on offer. Irrespective, today, of the content and…
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When Pagans Play the Ostrich, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Objectively, there isn’t much difference, here, between this conceit of wishing positive outcomes into play and the more familiar cop-out known as “playing the ostrich”. Either way, the problem doesn’t go away. I’d wager that in nearly all cases, the vulnerabilities are exacerbated by being ignored in this way. Infrequently,…
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