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Nigeria @ 56: The path to recovery

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Permit a personal dimension to this prologue. There were trenches in many neighbourhoods and we all rushed into them and stayed there all day to avoid air raids. Bombings were not restricted to the battle fronts or military targets. Civilians were even bombed most. The fighter jets came so low that we saw some of the pilots and saw the jets drop bombs that killed, maimed people and destroyed houses. If we were not in the trenches we were always outside, largely to alert parents and other older people on sighting the jets.

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Nigeria @ 56: You can’t separate by force – Clark tells Igbo youths

When you have a powerful ruler, you have more local government councils, then you have more states created in your area. But as I said earlier on, in the first republic there were three regions; Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe was in charge of Eastern Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Western Nigeria and Ahmadu Bello for Northern Nigeria. They created this federation and they said everyone must be equal. No citizen of one region was superior to the other.

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Nigeria Aviation at 56: Experts, stakeholders support concessioning of Airports

Players, experts and stakeholders in the aviation sector have said the current state of the country’s airports can only be improved if some of them are concessioned to private investors. The stakeholders made their views known while reviewing the state of Nigeria aviation in the last 56 years in a conference on Privatisation and Concession of Airports organised by Check In Nigeria, an industry resource and consultancy outfit.

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Nigeria: Sale of assets as dangerous policy myopia? (2) by Chukwuma Charles Soludo

NOW we have started to make some progress with so-called ‘flexible exchange rate’ but still combined with a black list of 41 items ineligible for forex as well as other crude controls, and the consequent huge parallel market premia that is one of the highest in the world. The parallel market exchange rate has now become a very important leading indicator in the economy.

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Letter to my countrymen: Averting an economic meltdown via the right type of asset sales

IN my previous capacity as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the National Council on Privatisation up until May 2015, I canvassed for the privatisation of the power sector, sale of NITEL and pushed for the sale of the refineries and the passage of the transport reform bills before time ran out on the last administration.

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Sale of assets: Selling the state’s jewels

THE Senate a short while ago spent a few short hours debating the State of the economy. They asked for a new economic team because they thought that the ministers of Finance and Budget were not up to the task of pulling Nigeria out of recession. They recommended the selling of national assets such as NLGN, parts of NNPC; so as to holster up our foreign exchange reserves: reduction of government spending, boosting agriculture etc.

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