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Horns and Lagos’ Traffic, By Ifeanyi Uddin

One of the more interesting dimensions to the management of the Ebola Viral Disease is the recourse by the medical profession to symptomatic treatment. Besides quarantining victims, hospitals, at present, simply monitor their vital statistics, infusing them with blood when necessary (and possible), and regularly rehydrating them. Thus, addressing only…
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Falling Oil Prices and our Dr. Pangloss, By Ifeanyi Uddin

As with politicians the world over, the Goodluck Jonathan administration is wont to stretch its luck. What to make of the claim, for instance, that the “new, and bigger” Nigerian economic output base is the result of the administration’s effort over the last four (five?) years? How do we rank,…
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Our Near-Open Society and Its Enemies, By Ifeanyi Uddin

After the many traumas that was the Great Recession, considerable uncertainty remains over how to interpret current (political, social, and economic) events. There is clear evidence of an uptick in the US’ economy (and to some degree, in the UK, too). The euro zone was still undecided where it was…
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Poverty and Rising Food Prices, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Should we be concerned that over the last six (6) months rising food prices have been the single most important cause of the upward movement in headline inflation numbers? The year-on-year price change for the “All Items Price Index” (as measured by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics — NBS) closed…
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The Economics of the Planned Ban on the Consumption of “Ponmo,” By Ifeanyi Uddin

A clear trend is emerging in the thinking around the best way to manage our economy. It is unashamedly mercantilist. In response to the question, "How do we accelerate domestic economic  growth?", the Jonathan administration conflates two ordinarily separate lines of thought on the issues facing the economy, confusing an…
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Should Alarm Bells Be Ringing For The Economy? By Ifeanyi Uddin

One of the more risible aspects of the recent re-basing of domestic economic output numbers was the attempt by pro-Jonathan administration types to pass the higher GDP numbers, which emerged, from the exercise, off as the result of the incumbent administration’s “transformation” efforts. Politics may have played a part in…
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Leaders Worthy In Character and In Learning, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Part of the mystique of the events leading up to and succeeding the annulled presidential elections held June 12 1993, was the unusual succession of moments of truth associated with the people, processes, and events involved with that now infamous episode in our annals. My favourite such moment occurred during…
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