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What The Buhari Government Must Do, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...we must, first, unhinge a conservative mindset. Many argue that the terms “liberal” and “conservative” do not readily lend themselves to discussions around our domestic politics, essentially because in the Nigerian case there are few values or principles worth conserving. And so, not much that a liberal mindset might rail…
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The Curse of Chief Festus, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...a bit like planting seeds ahead of the season, such tariffs end up diverting citizens' scarce resources into the pockets of “foresighted” entrepreneurs like Chief Festus, whose only claim to managerial savvy is that they either receive subsidies from government under the pretext of a national industrial policy, or have…
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There’s a Dialectic To Regression, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...if the tension between an ill-bred people and its poor leadership will not result in a new qualitatively higher state for Nigeria, is there a reason why the currently flawed qualitative state prevalent in the country today may not resolve itself into its lower quantitative tendencies? SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind…
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Nigeria’s Worsening Finances, and the Untravelled Reform Path, By Uddin Ifeanyi

...the challenge before domestic economic performance, going forward, will about how we structure domestic incentives ― the obvious preference being for policies that are sector-neutral. And how we communicate these incentives ― preferably transparently, and via markets that function better than what we have at present. The numbers released, last…
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Flattening the Curve Of Our Economy’s Ailment, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Time now to build an economy worth that name. Not the autarkic construct that seems currently to be preferred by our policy makers – we have North Korea’s example as potent argument against this path. But one that leans heavily on the most important resource that the Nigerian nation has…
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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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