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Regulating the Direct to Home Satellite Television Business, By Uddin Ifeanyi

The recent bobbery over DStv's — a direct to home satellite television broadcaster — decision earlier this year to raise its subscription rates underscored how poorly the larger number of our people understand the business environment. On reflection, this is not surprising, when you consider that it was not until…
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The Naira, the Dollar, and the Economy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

In the end, this dead cat did bounce. But not for the reasons being bruited about. Nothing about General Muhammed Buhari’s election victory altered the fundamentals of the economy. Oil prices are still where they were before the polls. Government’s public expenditure management framework is probably more burdened than before…
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Computer-based Examination and the Digital Divide, By Ifeanyi Uddin

In conversation (about two weeks ago) with a friend (he has been away from the country — in the Democratic Republic of Congo — for some time now, and only just returned), he was sufficiently impressed by the way the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) conducted the last qualifying…
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The Long-term Consequences of the General Election, By Uddin Ifeanyi

The attack ads have been most virulent. For some, the scurrility of the many claims made by the sponsors of these opinions is simply unacceptable. Yet, set against the practice in more mature democracies, the depths reached by both sides as they try to persuade would-be voters of the perfidious…
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That We May Know, and Not Play Fast and Loose with the Truth, By Ifeanyi Uddin

The run up to this year's general elections has been most unusual. So intense is the passion on both sides of the incumbent president's re-election bid that just about every artifice has been reached for, and then deployed — unfortunately, often not to telling effect. In this new process, we…
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The Military and Our Freedoms, By Ifeanyi Uddin

A democracy may entertain questions on how the notion of popular sovereignty may be best put to play. The range of possibilities runs from direct democracies (small communities legislating by referendums), to republics (where popular rule is exercised through representatives elected in regular polls). However, that the people rule and…
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Market Sentiments, the Oil Price and the Naira’s Exchange Rate, By Ifeanyi Uddin

Two developments (the first, over the last three weeks, and the other, work in progress of sorts) underscore the role that sentiments could play in driving divergence between the actual direction of a measure and the trajectory suggested by its underlying processes. Global oil markets have recently presented us (denizens…
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