Universal financial access is closer than ever before, but what about usage?

In 2011, 43 percent of the world’s adults lacked access to formal financial services, according to the Global Findex report. By 2017, that number reduced  to 31 percent. If current projections remain consistent, we should be celebrating universal financial access by  2025. While this is encouraging and worth celebrating, another problem has surfaced  – a…

Lagos state civil service and enduring reforms

Institutionally, the Lagos State Civil Service Commission has the statutory responsibility of ensuring that the State Civil Service exudes the highest grade of professionalism in order to really serve as the government’s engine room is the Civil Service Commission (CSC). The establishment of Civil Service Commission as one of the State Executive Bodies was based……

Curbing revenue losses from illicit tobacco trade

The Federal Ministry of Health in August 2017 disclosed that about 4.5 million Nigerians consume20 billion cigarettes yearly. However, it is not known what portion of this volume is supplied via illicit trade. Illicit tobacco trade is defined by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF 2012) as “the production, import, export, purchase, sale, or possession……

National security & rule of law: Urgent need to restructure our legal system

Expectedly, President Buhari’s position that he would continue to place national security and national interest above rule of law attracted wide condemnation especially from our ‘learned brethren’. Interestingly, the outcry and condemnation somehow ignored PMB’s efforts to link his stance on the submissions of our Supreme Court in the Case ‘Mujahid Asari Dokubo vs The……

Confusion in values

Nigeria is indeed a nation of the absurd, where everything seems to be deliberately turned on its head. You seek personal safety so you move around blaring sirens to announce your presence to those who otherwise wouldn’t have known you were there. Steal a chicken in a desperate bid to avert starvation and within a……

Chinko diplomacy and chopsticks imperialism: The weaponisation of finance (1)

“Chinko” is the street name disparagingly labelled on cheap and substandard Chinese products but has equally been extended to Chinese immigrants in Ghana and Nigeria. It was first brought to the limelight in the 2014 book, Chinese Migrants and Africa’s Development: New Imperialists or Agents of Change? by Giles Mohan and his coauthors. Chopsticks imperialism……

Of ISGPP, book readers and leaders

We all know that books burn—yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world……

Bending the arc and heart of history

Continued from last week. According to Onoja, while the school keeps increasing in the numbers of intakes, it does not work on increasing the numbers and quality of teachers. In his record, he pointed out that in one hundred years, King’s College had produced only forty professional teachers. He said: “1982 -1988 set produced thirty-six……

Toward ‘America First’ NAFTA 

Last Friday, the trade talks between the United States and Canada broke off without an agreement. The negotiations on the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not over, however. The talks continue and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet again Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland.   Trump’s art of the deal In……