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COVID-19: vaccine gap, hesitancy, and wastage

The distribution and administration of Covid-19 vaccines are creating unpalatable challenges. On one hand, high-income countries (HICs) are circumventing COVAX, a coalition established to coordinate the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, to enter direct purchase agreements with big pharmaceuticals. The result is the inequitable access to vaccines to low-income countries (LICs) and the continued […]

The implication of the African Sustainability Index for the Nigerian health sector II – Financing

In 2021, FutureProofing healthcare initiative launched a health policy index known as the African Sustainability Index. 18 African countries were studied and ranked across six vital signs. Nigeria ranked 14th with a total score of 44 over 100. The country’s low performance is a reflection of the poor state of the health sector and inadequate […]

The current political situation in Guinea

Until his usurpation on September 5, 2021, Alpha Condé has been the president of Guinea, a West African nation since 2010. President Condé was a human rights professor and activist who fought nearly four decades for democracy in Guinea before his victory at the polls ten years ago. He became the first democratically elected leader […]

What the eligible customer scheme means for electricity prices in Nigeria

Large industrial customers account for a substantial proportion of DISCO’s revenue. Thus, the implementation of the scheme would reduce the revenue available to DISCOs, thereby worsening their financial situation and undermining their ability to provide necessary distribution infrastructure.

The Implication of the African Sustainability Index for the Nigerian Health Sector: Part 1

At the 2021 African Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC), the FutureProofing Healthcare Initiative launched the Africa Sustainability index. The index is a data-driven policy tool that aims to measure the healthcare situation of 18 African Countries. These 18 countries were assessed based on 6 vital signs upon which a total score was obtained as well […]

Report: Nigeria’s Mid-Year Political Outlook 2021

The previous year 2020 was unusual. The Coronavirus pandemic was a major headwind, and its effect would linger in many developing countries like Nigeria. Governments are not certain to see significant improvement throughout the year 2021 despite the intervention programs. In Nigeria, the EndSARS campaign in the last quarter of 2020 caused a gaping fissure […]

What does the mining sector data imply for the economy?

In Nigeria, the solid mineral sector is experiencing a revisit and therefore, increasing government and private sector attention following the herald of economic diversification and industry reforms since 2016. The 2018 State Disaggregated Mining and Quarrying report published by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics counted 43 different solid minerals across the states of the federation. […]

Population and Sustainability Revisited

2006/7 was when I first read Nigeria off the pages of a foreign textbook on development. I had little training on the matter, so it meant so much to me just reading that we were the ninth most populous country in world! I thought it meant recognition; you know, strength. We had just been head-counted […]

Why Individuals should Invest in the Stock Market: Common Pitfalls to Avoid

The stock market is a mechanism that enables risk sharing and wealth accumulation. No wonder it continues to surprise and interest financial experts that most individuals do not invest part of their wealth in the stock market – a phenomenon dubbed non-participation puzzle. While financial illiteracy may explain some non-participation, it is common to find […]

An analysis of the current debt position and debt servicing

For a developing country, debt accumulation is inevitable for national governments. Government spending is typically financed by government borrowing – externally and domestically – and by raising taxes. However, it is equally vital to have a sustainable debt management framework so as to avoid over-borrowing. National and sub-national governments must incorporate some kind of inter-temporal […]