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Revised 2012-2014 revenue/ expenditure framework: Tough and harder times ahead

The Federal Government’s revised medium term revenue and expenditure strategy before the National Assembly does not appear to have any hope for the ordinary Nigerian. Rather, it is a routine of the usual. Emphasis in the document is still very much on high recurrent expenditure. Little is left for investment in projects that can grow the economy and create jobs.

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Wipe your crocodile tears, Arewa and Northern Governors

Northern governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Northern Governors Forum last week unveiled the Northern agenda which is now being seen by discerning minds as the smoke screen for the activities of Boko Haram in recent time. It is fast becoming a trend that any section of the Nigerian society that needs to extract some favour from the federation does so by means of arms, violence or intimidation.

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Can Nigeria achieve a corrupt-free public service like Singapore?

The probe going on at the nation’s House of Representatives is both interesting and funny. Interesting in the sense that it is bringing out startling revelations about the massive corruption in the downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry; funny for the fact that those presiding over the probe are themselves guilty of the same offence they are investigating.

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Is petrol private or public good?

The current debate on the profligacy of public office holders, size and cost of governance in Nigeria is interesting and very healthy for the economy. The argument itself gives credence to the need to ensure that government performs only those duties that are of public interest. What should be the right size of government has been a long drawn debate.

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The Road To Reducing Unemployment

President Goodluck Jonathan last week lamented the growing unemployment situation in the country stating that it may lead to some social unrest in the near future. The President said: “As I said in my Budget Presentation speech late last year, unemployment among our youth is one of our biggest challenges as a nation.

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