Columns

Xenophobia, Economic Downturns, and Social Envy, By Uddin Ifeanyi

If we judge the rectitude of policies by their outcomes and not by how well-intended they were, there is no doubt that the ZANU-PF’s command-and-control policies ruined that beautiful country. Context, then, within which to appraise the decision by the ruling All Progressives Congress in Nigeria that the solution to…
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Opinion

Mama Oyoyo, We Have Debt, Revenue and Expenditure Problems, By ‘Tope Fasua

I urge those running the economic not to bully the rest of us with this ‘we have a revenue not a debt problem’ rhetoric. We have more problems than that. It is not an ‘either/or’ scenario. To add to the problems with debt AND revenue, we must add the fact…
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Columns

Growing the Share of Revenue Government Collects As Taxes, By Uddin Ifeanyi

At 35 per cent, our company income tax rate is one of the highest in the world. But a slew of exemptions, waivers, and holidays meant that last year, the effective income tax paid by companies operating in the country was, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), just 6…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Nigeria: Nurturing the Anger of the Poor, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

The ingredients of violent agitation are threatening to come together. The populist posture will soon wear out. The government must take active steps to guarantee legal rights to basic needs like food, health and education. Failure to act will threaten Nigeria's corporate existence. "No more free money". Some of us…
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Opinion

Engaging CBN’s Recent Monetary Policy Considerations, By Temitope Laniran

...it can be argued that maintaining an expensive naira by the MPC through till the elections, bearing in mind the usual increase in liquidity that often leads up to elections, was a quite reasonable decision, however with the current trends and turn of events in the post-election period, a reduction…
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Opinion

Nigeria’s Economy and the Bad Manager Syndrome, By Olufemi Boyede

We take one step forward and a hundred steps backward. Policies are invented from the moon and almost circumvented at the point of implementation, while players and policy handlers carry on as if the nation is a pawn on a chessboard. Obviously no nation can make appreciable progress if bedevilled…
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Opinion

Politics Apart – Putting Government Under Immediate Performance Pressure, By ‘Tope Fasua

If I could get the thinking around our budgeting to change, and also affect our economic ideology – in terms of a much-faster, and more inclusive growth, with a thinning down of the debilitating inequality in the land, truly, I would have ‘won’. The lives of our most-vulnerable people should…
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Columns

Nigeria: Cautious Economic Outlook As Politics Weigh, By Rafiq Raji

Investors are understandably taking precautions. Ecobank’s Nonyane shares insights from her observations of the markets and note-sharing with clients: “From a financial market perspective, we have certainly seen investors being a lot more conservative with risk taking on NGN assets over the past six months on the back of the…
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