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Banks, the CBN, and Fiscal Reforms, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Currently, the biggest charge before banks is their reluctance to lend. They seem minded to dump their funds in fixed income government securities, where they make a huge killing, rather than lend to businesses without which the economy stagnates. The unanswered question, here, is why banks’ indifference the current peculiar…
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59 Years Of Independence: Of Flag, But Not Thought, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Politics everywhere is a tribal affair. But for far too long, its domestic variant has been dangerously so. To transcend these divides, and open new vistas of opportunity to our people, is the task that we must carry out over the next 30 years. Unfortunately, it is one that our…
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What Shall We Tell The President About The Economy?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Evidently, the economy’s reset button begs for pressing action. And whatever government decides to do, the people will hurt. Freeing an entrepreneurial spirit that our nationals so obviously have, by giving the markets more prominence will hurt far less. And thankfully, technology and new identity management schemes make it easier…
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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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