• Buhari

    2015 Polls: How Money Could Not Stop Change

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    The 2015 presidential elections have come and gone, after all the tension and apprehension associated with it Alas! Nigeria now has a new president. One significant thing to be learnt about this election is that the people voted for the needed change and not by financial inducements. A number of groups and individuals benefitted from…

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  • Can Hate Speech Win Elections?

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    I can vividly recall Shehu Shagari’s 1980 inauguration speech, which was titled “My Vision for Nigeria.” Part of the text in that speech read as follows; “Our problems are many and varied but they are not insurmountable, if we can sink our differences and work like a team, with every one willingly contributing his quota…

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  • APC-PDP

    Party Financing: Lessons From Germany

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    It is no longer in doubt that money contributes to the successful emergence of candidates seeking various electoral positions. The ideas and vision of candidates are communicated to large audience of voters through campaigns. Political campaign takes the form of advertorials both in the electronic and print media; there is also need for media coverage…

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  • Naira-Notes

    Time To Vote For Money

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    This is the time for decision making; a time to decide how much money we want in the next four years. The season of elections and campaigns are the seasons where different types of offer are being made; some are paid peanuts for their votes while others negotiate their way totally out of poverty. There…

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  • High Cost Of Nomination Forms: Between Debtors And Donors

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    The cost of governance is known to be incredibly high with large sums of tax payers’ money thrown around public officers and other political appointees. Well-meaning Nigerians have shown concern on this worrisome issue; which has left 70% of our national budget to funding of public offices and a little left for capital budget. Despite…

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  • High Cost Of Nomination Forms: Between Debtors And Donors

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    The cost of governance is known to be incredibly high with large sums of tax payers’ money thrown around public officers and other political appointees. Well-meaning Nigerians have shown concern on this worrisome issue; which has left 70% of our national budget to funding of public offices and a little left for capital budget. Despite…

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  • Dr-Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala

    Subsidy: Not An Excuse For Being Broke

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    The Federal government has always seen the payment of petroleum subsidy as the major reason why the country experience revenue shortfall. Based on this, it has tried to convince the public on why subsidy should go. The minister of Finance recently reported that based on the revenue decline suffered from the exportation of Nigeria’s crude…

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  • ngozi_okonjo_iweala_02

    How Much Does Subsidy Cost?

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    In 2014 budget, the sum of N971 billion was appropriated for fuel subsidy; this is close to the annual sum appropriated for capital projects. Can this be the real amount paid to oil marketers as subsidy, for importing refined crude across the country? If this be the case, it means there is more to the…

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  • Fuel Queues

    An Alternative To Fuel Subsidy

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    In whose interest is the decision of the national confab to adopt the recommendation for the removal of fuel subsidy? The removal of petroleum subsidy has been viewed from different dimension, while some suggest it should be out-rightly removed, others recommend a gradual removal of subsidy. However delegates to the national conference have recommended the…

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