Opinion

Why Audu Ogbeh May Be More Right Than Wrong, By Adebiyi Olusolape

...Ozoemene’s view that, ‘The problem is that (Government) does not create a conducive environment for Nigerian businesses to thrive, produce, compete effectively with businesses outside the country to export and earn FX’, is one of the half-truths we have been telling The reason I refrained from sharing the Audu Ogbeh…
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Columns

Assessing the Atiku and Buhari Policy Documents, By Rafiq Raji

“My main criticism is that both documents are extremely ambitious (unrealistic perhaps) in their spending plans without much focus on generating revenue to implement those plans. Politically, I can understand why that is the case - talking about collecting or raising taxes isn’t exactly compelling for the general public.” It…
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Opinion

Inside Governor Udom Emmanuel’s ‘Small’ Economics In Akwa Ibom, By Udeme Nana

...great strides often begins with small steps. I believe that the small industries attracted to Akwa Ibom by its present government to produce goods and services needed for the existence and well being of the people, can stimulate the economy of the State, transform the people and change, in a…
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Columns

Manufacturing In Nigeria: Status, Challenges and Opportunities, By Rafiq Raji

...manufacturing is challenging in Nigeria. But there is a clear desire by the government to encourage more of it through import bans, facilitation of cheaper funding, discriminatory foreign exchange policies, and so Interested companies, whether local or foreign, would do well to key ’s initiatives to ensure they get the…
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Opinion

That HSBC Report: Overlooking Progress and Its Inherent Contradictions, By Adeyemi Dipeolu

The first thing that strikes one after reading the report is that the writer downplays positive developments in the Nigerian economy. Every time that the data points to improvements in the Nigerian economy, the writer then immediately makes a negative assessment. I have hesitated to weigh in the media frenzy…
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Opinion

Harnessing Regional Potentials: the Private Sector and the Nigerian Economy, By Alaba Lawson

...NACCIMA reiterates its support for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and emphasises that Nigeria cannot afford to lose out in the opportunities inherent in a common African market. This also underscores the saying that you can only score a goal as a member of a football team when…
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Columns

Gates and the Nigerian Ostriches, By Louis Odion

What must have confounded Gates and any right-thinking person particularly is the nearly rude official reaction to what should ordinarily be taken as home-truth from a man who, by personal deeds and humongous financial commitment, has demonstrated more than unconditional love for Nigeria in the past decade. In the last…
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Opinion

Prioritising Nigeria’s Human Capital for Sustainable Prosperity, By Bill Gates

To anchor the economy over the long term, investments in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people. People without roads, ports, and factories can't flourish. And roads, ports, and factories without skilled workers to build and manage them can't sustain an economy. I've been coming…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Borrowing Plan, Struggling SMEs and VAIDS’ Amnesty Window, By Simbo Olorunfemi

If the resources to regularise outstrip the benefits or incentives that are on the table for small businesses, VAIDS will do little to trigger compliance. But VAIDS must be supported and pushed to become the norm rather than the exception. The question is how can we make voluntary tax declaration…
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Opinion

The Need for a Rigorous Re-think: Kemi Adeosun and Nigeria’s Debt Story, By Oluseun Onigbinde

I believe the debt debate is rooted in the fact that the Nigerian government is taking the escapist approach, raking up debt in quick numbers, rapidly forgetting where before the exit of creditors. This escapist approach of taking gradual steps on revenue, but giant footprints on debt is what is…
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