My article in the Guardian today on the perennial fuel scarcity in Nigeria, and why scarcity is more of a symptom of the much deeper price-fixing problem. In the Guardian today, or online here. Advertisements
Apparently the fuel scarcity is still a thing. I wouldn’t know given that I’ve been in a part of the country where we have more liberal petrol stations that adjust their prices with the times. We pay somewhere around N230 per litre with no fuel queues and most seem to just get on with it.… Continue reading Fuel scarcity: FX subsidy for marketers = bad idea.
As the fuel queues return, the question of “why” is back on the front burner. Historically, the presence of fuel queues has been associated with fuel subsidies and the struggles marketers faced with getting their money from the federal government. This time around things are a bit different. Or are they? We know that, given… Continue reading How large is the fuel subsidy?
My continuing series on the education crisis in the North. This time I talk about the language barriers and how those with the most need for local language learning programs are let down the most by our inability to think beyond English. In the guardian today and online here.
It’s no news that the recession is over and rather than reform and set the economy on a stronger growth trajectory, we just kind of hung around waiting for oil prices to recover. They have, we are out of recession, but the non-oil economy looks like it is set of a protracted period of no growth.… Continue reading More on missed opportunities for change
To be clear, it is always dangerous to make statements off one data point, but looking at the trend in non-oil growth, it does appear that have entered a period of no growth. If you add the fact that population is growing at around 2.9 percent, then no-growth in the non-oil sector should be very… Continue reading The fear of zero growth
Recent policy moves in Kaduna have brought the problem of education in the North to the fore. My first of a many articles on the crisis is in the Guardian today, or online here