Uplifting Nigerian Women

Nigerian women are politically and economically marginalised. Political marginalisation though is more entrenched and it is not going away anytime soon. This is largely thanks to the women repelling, toxic and sometimes violent party politics in Nigeria. Gone are the days when National Council for Women Societies and Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa flexed their muscles andContinue reading “Uplifting Nigerian Women”

Financing Nigeria’s Development

Nigeria is a poor country and yet it does everything it can to repel investors. With a few exceptions, investors are treated with indifference, bordering on contempt, by both the political class and civil servants. The indifference displayed by our leaders when dealing with potential investors would have been laughable, but for the fact thatContinue reading “Financing Nigeria’s Development”

Poverty in the middle of plenty

Poverty is so perverse in Nigeria that it is no longer news that millions of Nigerians live on the margins of existence, eking out barely liveable incomes on a daily basis. What is news is that over 87 million Nigerians currently live in extreme poverty and Nigeria now accounts for 11.7% of the global extremelyContinue reading “Poverty in the middle of plenty”

A strike too many

The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which started in March this year, has succeeded in almost wiping out a whole academic year. Unfortunately, the Federal Government and ASUU have failed to reach an agreement, despite engaging in several meetings, to the detriment of millions of university students.  While some ofContinue reading “A strike too many”

Made in Nigeria

The quest by Nigeria to transform its economy from one dominated by export of primary resources to an industrialized one, with a diversified source of foreign exchange and government revenues, began after independence in 1960. In pursuing industrialization, Nigeria adopted state-led Import Substitution Industrialization strategy in the 1960s and 1970s. The 1980s saw the implementationContinue reading “Made in Nigeria”

Transforming Agriculture

President Muhammadu Buhari has made transforming agriculture a centre piece of his economic strategy. The president got it right because agriculture holds the key to Nigeria’s economic breakthrough. But is his government implementing the right policies and programs that will unleash the productivity gains that Nigeria desperately needs? Agriculture is important because it provides theContinue reading “Transforming Agriculture”