Opinion

Nigeria’s Petrol Market Deregulation: Not there… but close

This week, after months of speculation and lobbying by the business community and multilateral agencies, the FGN finally made a move to liberalize the Petrol market by eliminating import quotas & licenses and introducing a price band for the product with a price cap of N145.00/litre and a floor of N135.00/litre.

2016 Budget Signing Exciting, Outlook Conservative

This week’s data releases by the CBN and NBS - April 2016 Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) and Q1:2016 Quarterly Capital Importation data - revealed very disappointing numbers. Besides the fact that the weak numbers reflected poorly on business activities and investment confidence, they further reinforced market perception that weakening domestic fundamentals is yet abating.

Sub-Nationals on the Blink: A Case for Fiscal Restructuring

President Muhammadu Buhari met with members of Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) yesterday, 28th April 2016. Expectedly, the state governors requested for more palliatives to ameliorate their fiscal challenges. The proposed palliatives include: an 18-month moratorium on loans before resuming servicing, direct financial intervention and commitment of the Federal Government (FGN) to a Fiscal Restructuring Plan for Federating units which is yet to be made publicly available.

Sino-Nigerian Economic Integration: Deepening Trade and Capital Links

The week-long visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to China between April 11th and 15th 2016 confirmed preconceived notions that the Presidency will be pursuing a non-allied foreign policy objective, as with previous administrations, by partnering with countries both in the East and West to achieve development objectives. President Buhari’s predecessor, President Jonathan also made a similar visit to China in 2013 in which several infrastructure deals were signed but economic integration between the regions has mainly been defined in trade than finance and capital flows.

Roaring Population Growth Outpaces Nigerian Investment Spree

Waiting at a crowded bus stop for a ride to work, Osheme Antoine dreams of raising a big family one day. Such dreams, shared by millions, mean Nigeria's bus queues are likely to get even longer in decades to come.

President Muhammadu Buhari's budget plan for this year boosts investment in new roads, railways and power supply in the hope of dragging his nation of 188 million out of deep poverty.

Dampness in Springtime… IMF Trims Growth Forecasts

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its revised World Economic Outlook for 2016 this week just in time for the 2016 IMF-World Bank spring meetings which commenced earlier today. The report titled, “Too Slow for too long” expectedly painted a grim picture of the global economic condition with the 2016 global growth forecast trimmed by 0.2% to 3.2% while growth forecasts across a broad spectrum of regions were also revised downward. The revision came against a backdrop of factors which have heightened uncertainty and subdued growth outlook.

Time for Deregulation of the Petroleum Downstream Sector

The Buhari-led administration took over power following a peaceful and successful election 12 months ago, with a promise to stabilize the economy, stamp out insurgency and put an end to corruption. Devastated by the mixture of tumbling oil prices in the global market and poor domestic management, the government inherited an economy on the edge of a cliff. Chief among the disquieting challenges confronting the economy at the time included insurgency in the North-east, currency market instability, energy crisis and deteriorating economic fundamentals.

PMI Data: Business Activities Cooling but at Slower Pace

The CBN released its Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) survey report for March 2016 on the 31st of March. The survey, which gauges sentiment in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors  expectedly came weak with Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Composite indices declining for the 3rd consecutive month, albeit at a slower pace relative to February data.

2016 Fiscal Year is about to 'Begin'

Since the year began, the macroeconomic policy environment has been plagued with uncertainty, disconnect between policy objectives and real variables as well as worrying economic data. This week, the economy got a healthy dose of reprieve in both monetary and fiscal sides of policy management as the belated passage of the keenly contested 2016 budget by the National Assembly finally occurred while there are good indications that monetary policy is being realigned to focus on its key policy goals, albeit slowly.

Is Ikogosi Warm Springs Going Extinct?

The name`` Ikogosi Warm Springs’’ has become a household name in Ekiti State and the South-Western Nigeria in general for being a tourist centre.

The myths surrounding its origin and its therapeutic nature, believed to be cure for many ailments based on individual visitor’s faith has endeared it to many.

For a first time visitor or tourist to Ekiti State, the experience will be incomplete without seeing the confluence of the warm and cold springs.

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