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How do we sustain improvements in the ease of doing business ranking?

MY personal passion is to play a role in Nigeria’s ascendancy from a third world country to a first world nation. This passion has been the driver in most of the things that I do. My active roles in the Nigerian Economic Summit group, NESG, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Business Leaders’Forum, BLF, etc have been driven by this passion.

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Time for FG to re-establish Education Bank to boost education among youths (1)

Inadequate funding of “education and youth unemployment” are two issues which continue to attract public discourse in Nigeria. Over the years, government funding to education has decreased leading to various crisis within the educational sector. Strikes, dilapidation of structures, massive exodus of qualified personnel to foreign universities, otherwise known as brain drain are some of the ills with which Nigerian tertiary institutions are identified. Closely related to the downturn in the fortunes of the educational institutions is the rising youth unemployment. Many graduates lack the proper or adequate education to make them employable even within the country.

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Governing by Decree

BETWEEN July and this month President Muhammadu issued two decrees aimed at further curbing corruption, money laundering and tax evasion: the first, Executive Order 6, and the other, Executive Order 008. An executive order is a decree issued by the executive without necessarily seeking approval of parliament or the judicature. Most constitutions do empower the executive to take all such measures as would conduce to sound government and public administration in the interest of the overall common good. Donald Trump probably set a world record by the number of executive orders that he dished out during his first week in power. The current incumbent of the high magistracy of the American republic has issued no less than 42 Executive Orders in his first year alone. 

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Allison Akene Ayida’s story

CHIEF Allison Akene Ayida was born on June 16, 1930. He attended King’s College, Lagos, 1952, Queen’s College, University of Oxford, England, 1956, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, England, 1957; assistant secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, 1971-1975, chairman, UN Commission for Africa, secretary  to the Government of the Federation and Head of Civil Service, 1975-1977. He died on October 12, 2018.

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A country that exports jobs, imports poverty

THIS period has been a sobering one for me even as the country appears gripped in the excitement of politicking leading  to the general elections next February. I am not excited about whether incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari will be returned or be  flushed out of office. I am more preoccupied by the unquantifiable damage our leaders have inflicted on us especially since the 1980s by their incomprehensible, illogical, slavish and criminal de-industrialisation of the country and the attendant massive job losses that has turned our once promising country into the world’s capital of poverty.

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Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu returns with hell

First, I wish personally to apologize to readers of the “Orbit” for comments I made on this column backing IPOB’s disinformation that accused the Federal government of “disappearing” and possibly killing its leader, Nnamdi Kanu in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia, during the military operation called “Python Dance” last year.

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