Opinion

58 Years of Mediocrity?: Nigerians Deserve A N15 Trillion 2019 Budget!, By ‘Tope Fasua

I urge the Nigerian government to have a total relook/reconsideration of the 2019 budget. I urge it to find every way to increase the budget to at least N15 trillion for the sake of the Nigerian people, and to calibrate the budget for the good of poor Nigerians, and not…
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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

Are Nigerian Financial Regulators Truly Ready for Sustainability?, By Kenneth Amaeshi

...the success or failure of sustainability in any of the financial regulators and the industry they regulate will largely depend on the commitment of a financial regulator’s top management leadership to the sustainability cause and agenda. Again, this cannot be overemphasised and should not be taken for granted. Sustainability seems…
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Guest Columns

Madam Minister, Please Don’t Borrow $30 Billion For Our Unborn Children!, By ‘Tope Fasua

Nigeria has never borrowed more than $3 billion at once and we constantly get into trouble. How can we manage 10 times that? What has got into us now? Why is she seeking this jumbo loan with so much confidence? What has happened to the civil society and other right-thinking…
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Opinion

What Is Wrong With the NGO Regulatory Bill?, By Imoleayo Adeyeri

While it is very difficult to regulate NGOs without infringing on the fundamental human rights for freedom of speech, some level of regulation for the non-profit sector is needed. Such regulation however should be crafted in a way that would benefit both the sector and the public, especially in an…
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Opinion

Nigeria: Sale of Asset As Dangerous Policy Myopia?, By Chukwuma Charles Soludo

The argument that sale of asset is the only way to reflate the economy out of recession is troubling, and suffers what economists might call policy myopia or time inconsistency if we auction away some valued national assets for the short term goal of reflating the economy out of recession,…
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Opinion

Is this the Change Nigerians Voted For?, By Godwin Onyeacholem

Yes, Buhari comes across as credible with an admirably high integrity quotient; the only former Head of State who as at 2011 never owned a property outside Nigeria. But this virtue, against the backdrop of our multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, has not been enriched enough by a healthy dose of…
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Opinion

The Many Side Effects of Buhari’s Sectionalism, By Majeed Dahiru

Favouritism, cronyism, nepotism and tribalism, collectively known as sectionalism, are the roots of corruption. It is a cancer that destroys the body politic of any nation. Unfortunately, the president is unrepentantly sectional in his key appointments and policy initiatives. Sectionalism replaces merit with mediocrity and relegates competence and expertise to…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Dogara, Pork and the Bacon, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

In a country where impunity and abuse of office is a practiced art without official sanction, we must ask and support anti-corruption agencies in investigating Dogara. We need to rid the system of pork barrel spending. His argument is that it is not illegal. But that is on the surface.…
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