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October 23, 2019

The 2020 National Budget: right cycle is great, but implementation is better

The reasons for underperformance of budgets are beyond wrong cycle or under-collection of oil revenue. But rather the biggest issues lie in over-ambitious projections, under-performing non-oil revenue and unspent funds…

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October 7, 2019

Early Child Education: The Most Important; Yet The Most Neglected

Education is acknowledged largely as a significant tool because it equips students with the functional skills for decent living and generates human capital that can spur economic development. Education has…

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September 30, 2019

The Global South and development assistance

While cooperation between countries in the global South has existed since the 1955 Bandung Asian-African conference, South-South cooperation (SSC) has recently experienced rapid growth and rising global prominence. In 2013,…

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September 2, 2019

Future Energy Use in the Developing World: Implications for poverty reduction and climate goals

In view of the long-standing debate between green growth and de-growth, this analysis throws light on the dimensions of future energy use growth and its implication for development and climate…

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August 30, 2019

Chinese think tanks with Chinese characteristics: some lessons for African think tanks

Think tanks in China have drawn prominence in the global body of think tankers since the end of the Chinese closed-border policy era. By all accounts, the number of Chinese think…

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June 25, 2019

Why Costs Still Play a Role in Out-of-school Children Problem in Nigeria

In 2003, Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme was launched to provide free and compulsory education from primary to junior secondary school. More than 15years since the inception of UBE, it…

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June 13, 2019

Supporting Humanitarian Workers in North-Eastern Nigeria

North-eastern Nigeria, comprising of Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe, and Bauchi states, has become the most uninhabitable region in the country due to series of Boko Haram attacks. Despite counterterrorism…

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June 6, 2019

How to implement quality education in Nigeria

The Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) is very ambitious. It seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for children across the world by the year 2030. Achieving this target…

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May 23, 2019

Building political will for policy change: the role of CSOs in Nigeria

The presence/extent of political will is a key determinant of the success or failure of policies. It is captured by the capability of political actors to achieve the implementation of…

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April 15, 2019

Is a debt crisis looming in Africa?

concerns about an impending debt crisis in Africa are rising alongside the region’s growing debt levels. As of 2017, 19 African countries have exceeded the 60 percent debt-to-GDP threshold set…

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April 8, 2019

Nigeria’s New National Minimum Wage: Responses and Implications for the Economy

On March 19, 2019, the new national minimum wage bill, an issue that featured widely in the 2019 presidential campaigns, finally received legislative approval. The Senate approved ₦30,000 as the…

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March 28, 2019

Unbundling the 13 million out-of-school children in Nigeria

In Nigeria, primary education is free and compulsory (in principle). However, in places like Waru, an internally displaced persons (IDP) settlement in Abuja, children of primary school age do not…

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March 4, 2019

How To Resolve The Tariff Disputes Blocking Nigeria’s Solar Project Pipeline?

In 2016, Nigeria signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) worth US$2.5 billion with 14 independent power producers (IPPs) to build a total 1,125 megawatts of installed solar capacity for the national…

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February 28, 2019

Effects of 2019 Elections: Predicting the Economy’s Response in Nigeria

The stability of the country’s political environment is an essential element in determining and predicting the level of economic growth in a democratic economy. The traditional assumption in the political…

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February 15, 2019

The need to boost political will for tobacco control policies in Nigeria

Tobacco use and the exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases some of which are the leading cause of preventable death in Nigeria. In…

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February 12, 2019

Tobacco Tax Revenue in Nigeria: To Earmark or Not to Earmark?

Champions of tobacco control both home and abroad have applauded the Nigerian government for its recent approval of higher excise duty on tobacco product. While this duty remains below the…

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