27 September 2020
Premium Times
Three more people die from COVID-19 complications in Nigeria
Three more people have died from COVID-19 complications, taking the total number of deaths from the virus to 1,116…

26 September 2020
Guardian Nigeria
‘Finding hubby is one of the most important stories in my writing career’
Though a partner and director at Africa-focused research firm, SBM Intelligence and also co-founder of Fintech firm, Credequity, Tunde Leye is a writer, stage play producer and entrepreneur…

ICIR Nigeria
Are prices of food items ‘coming down’ as claimed by Garba Shehu?
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, claimed on Friday, September 11th while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, that there is a drop in prices of food items in the country…

It would be difficult to find loans to finance rail to Niger Republic
Cheta Nwanze, Lead Partner at socioeconomic research firm, SBM Intelligence, says that it would be difficult to find loan financiers for the proposed $1.9 billion rail project from Kano to Maradi in Niger republic…

24 September 2020
Insincerity, bad faith and isomorphic mimicry: The harmonised Police Bill 2020 in focus
On Thursday September 17, President Muhammadu Buhari signed an important piece of legislation into law. The new harmonised Nigeria Police Force Establishment bill was hailed by presidential Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina as a modern framework that would transform the police into a “more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources”…

22 September 2020
The Africa Report
NNPC driving Nigeria’s bio-fuel agenda: Nowhere near 2020 target
An oil-dependent Nigeria’s push to move away from “the uncertainties of absolute dependence on oil” with crude being its primary source of revenue has led to renewed efforts to push for the implementation of the national biofuel policy…

Premium Times
Nigeria’s total coronavirus deaths now 1,100
Nigeria has now reported 1,100 deaths from COVID-19 complications, after two people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours…

21 September 2020
When President Buhari tweets, I follow back
In October 2010, I attended a Europa League football match at the City of Manchester Stadium (now known as the Etihad Stadium) between Manchester City and Polish side Lech Poznan. This was a City side that had the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Nigel De Jong, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Patrick Vieira…

20 September 2020
Nigerian Tribune
America’s visa ban as Nigeria’s madman in custody of mother’s corpse
When the Yoruba want to justify intervention in a hopeless case, they invoke the anecdote of the madman in possession of his mother’s corpse. Their argument is if, for the sake of protection of the sanctity of order of things, we allow a madman to take custody of his mother’s corpse, in the moment of his maddening chasm, the madman could mistake the remains for a venison and roast his mother as suya…

16 September 2020
African central banks may say they’ve done what they can for now
African central banks meeting in the next two weeks may decide that they’ve done all they can for now to shore up their economies against the havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic…

15 September 2020
US places travel restrictions on Nigerians involved in violence and rigging during elections
The US government has placed travel restrictions on Nigerians who undermine “democratic process or organize election-related violence” during elections…

13 September 2020
Why Nigeria must achieve $10 per barrel oil production cost
With the negative impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on global economy which had led to an unprecedented decline in the global price of crude oil, cutting the cost of oil production by Nigerian oil companies had become imperative…

12 September 2020
Nigeria/Ghana rift puts FG diplomacy to the test
Monday, August 10, 2020, began like a normal business day for Nigerian traders in Accra and Kumasi regions of Ghana, until a task force comprising armed security personnel started to identify and lock their shops…

11 September 2020
Bread prices to increase as bakers groan over forex
Nigeria’s forex crisis may soon impact on the prices of bread, one of Nigeria’s most popular staple food.Bread, a staple food prepared from a dough of flour and water, usually by baking, may soon be priced beyond the reach of the average Nigerian…

9 September 2020
Nigerian lenders tighten credit criteria, demand higher collateral amid default fears
While the availability of credit to households and corporates increased in the second quarter of 2020, not many Nigerians and businesses who applied for loans were able to access credit as lenders tightened their credit criteria and demanded higher collateral…

6 September 2020
FG’s offensive community policing initiative
Confronted with regional and local policing initiatives amid an unprecedented level of insecurity nationwide, the Federal Government continues to respond with obfuscation. Two recent federal interventions in state and regional community policing measures; one earmarking ₦13.3 billion to kick-start centralised “coordination” and the other, seeking to confer authority on the Inspector-General of Police to determine the “structure” of local security outfits, are contradictory, intrusive and retrogressive. Undeterred, states and the regional blocs should forge ahead; arm, equip and train their various security units to halt the rampant lawlessness in their territories…

3 September 2020
Premium Times
COVID-19: Why Nigeria should adopt Saliva-Based testing technology – Experts
Nigeria is aggressively looking for a way to build its testing capacity to meet the growing demand as its citizens resume going to school and work. Experts believe Saliva Direct, a new testing regimen being adopted in many western countries can give a lift to the country’s testing capacity and reopening plans…

2 September 2020
The economic pains of Nigeria’s land border closure
The federal government may have justified the closure of the land borders on the need to stop smuggling activities and illicit export of locally subsidised petrol to neighbouring countries while boosting local production. However, the impact of such policy on the households, businesses and the economy, at large, has been devastating…

1 September 2020
Nigeria requires competitive ports to reboot economy, create jobs
In China, ports are the gateways to international trade. One hundred and thirty of its 2,000 ports are open to foreign ships. Dwell time is no more an issue, and traders are aware of what to spend to get their goods in and out…