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Enhancing Oil Sector Governance In Nigeria Through Transparency Reforms

The
paper highlights the importance of oil sector transparency in order to support governments push towards structural
reforms and inclusive growth.

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Author:Vanessa Ushie

Publication Date:December, 2011

Document Size:23pages


Why Oil Sector Transparency?

  • Corruption negatively affects growth. Overriding logic of unproductive rent-seeking in Nigerias political economy
  • Transparency reforms needed to shore up the credibility of the oil sector, and enhance productivity and efficiency
  • Greater oil sector transparency will support the governments push towards structural reforms and inclusive growth




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