Opinion

Why Nigerian States and LGs Cannot Sustain Themselves, By ‘Tope Fasua

...the local governments and states are unable to self-sustain not because the federal government is taking too much from us all (and indeed they are), but because rather than all of us being responsible to our commonwealth, and building this, we are more interested in eating till we drop, while…
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Opinion

IMF and Nigeria’s Taxation System: Organising Our Selves and Our Country, By ‘Tope Fasua

The thing is that we all know the right things to do in this country. Nigerians travel too often – more often than any other peoples on earth – and we see how other countries are run. It’s certainly not rocket-science. It’s all about ORGANISING The entire document from IMF…
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Opinion

What About the 2017 BRICS Summit?, By Rafiq Raji

It was its largest gathering yet, with non-BRICS countries like Guinea, Mexico, Egypt, Thailand, and Tajikistan in attendance as observers. Their presence was informed by a so-called “BRICS-plus” initiative proposed by China, which could see the current five-member group include more countries, although this was not formalised at the summit.…
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Opinion

Nigeria: The Rotten Barrel?, By Doyin Olawaiye

Corruption is ultimately a learned behaviour and as such the fight against corruption, though multi-faceted, must be primarily focused on behavioural change strategies and interventions if it is to be sustained and effective. Nonetheless, how does one go about fixing the barrel? ‘A rotten apple spoils the whole barrel’ is…
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Columns

The IMF’s 2017 Nigeria Scorecard, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Worse, though, than the fear that the public sector may not optimise additional debt issues is the Fund’s claim that last year, the federal government’s interest payments-to-revenue ratio doubled to 66 percent. I must confess to having looked forward to the publication of details of IMF’s 2017 Article IV Consultation…
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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

Two Funding Tools To Reset Nigeria’s Export Financing Policy, By Chinedu Moghalu

In due course, Nigeria will be a veritable case study for effective development financing because of this policy response that the CBN and NEXIM Bank have commenced. As the steep decline in global oil prices continues to take its toll on oil exporting countries, international development experts call for national…
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