Climate Change: Nigeria Needs to Snap Out of Denial and Indifference

Let’s start with the obvious: climate change still does not enjoy the prominence that it deserves in Nigeria. Yes, there are some individuals, organisations and government agencies that are making a strong case for, and designing and implementing, consequential climate interventions in the country. We salute them. We thank them. But the sad, inconvenient truth […]

Urgent Need to Leverage Climate Action for Nigeria’s Development

Climate change is increasing hunger, poverty, disease-burden, migration, conflict and insecurity in Nigeria. It is damaging infrastructure, changing Nigeria’s coastlines, fuelling desertification, producing water scarcity, facilitating erosion and resulting in the loss of revenue for states and the national government. The total economic cost of climate change to Nigeria was estimated at $100 billionby 2020 […]

Adding Nudging to Nigeria’s Anticorruption Arsenal

By Ifetayo Idowu Corruption has for long been a pervasive issue in Nigeria. It has had devastating consequences for the country’s economy, security and social relations. Also, the scourge of corruption has reinforced negative patterns of poverty and inequality in both public and private sectors. Over time, several measures have been implemented by different administrations […]

Key Messages from Agora Policy’s Report on Transparency and Accountability

By David Nwachukwu and Faith Adeniyi Transparency and accountability are crucial for reducing opportunities for corruption in the public sector. This fact is not lost on various administrations in Nigeria, which have established various measures over the time to mitigate corruption and promote accountability and transparency. There has been a surge in the adoption and […]

Nigeria Needs More Transparency, not Less, says Agora Policy

Nigeria’s impressive array of transparency and accountability measures has not made the desired dent on governance and development in the country because of subsisting gaps in legislation, capacity, values and resourcing, says a new report by Agora Policy, an Abuja-based think tank. Titled “Imperative of Strengthening Nigeria’s Transparency and Accountability Measures,” the report makes a […]

Leveraging Trade and Investment for Nigeria’s Economic Development

By Mohammed Shuaibu  Globally, international trade and investment flows are regarded as strong enablers of sustained inclusive growth and development. Countries with more liberal trade and investment policies tend to grow faster, innovate more, produce more, have higher incomes, and create more opportunities. Although globalisation has ushered in an era of economic prosperity around the […]

Economic Pressures and Insecurity as Mutually Reinforcing

By Ifetayo Idowu The emergence of one or more forms of insecurity in nearly every region of Nigeria has pushed those regions to the frontlines of conflicts. Terrorism, herder-farmer conflicts, and ethnoreligious conflicts are all present in the North-Central and North-West regions of the country. In the North-East, Boko Haram and its affiliates are a […]

Climate Change as Catalyst for Insecurity

By David Nwachukwu Nigeria is an eerie example of the relationship between climate change and insecurity. Nigeria’s location in both the Sahel region of Africa and along the coastal line of West Africa increasingly makes the country vulnerable to climate shocks from the north and the south. The Lake Chad basin, a major lifeline for […]

Seven Takeaways from Agora Policy’s Report on Insecurity 

By Douglas Okonko The second issue of The Agora Policy Report, titled Understanding and Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria, was released on Monday, 7th November 2022. The report dissects the types, manifestations and drivers of insecurity in the country and offers far-reaching and sequenced recommendations for combating what it describes as ‘generalised insecurity.’ The report advocates […]

Three Critical Issues with Federal Government’s Mounting Debts

By Babajide Fowowe  Federal Government’s total debt stock at the end of the second quarter of 2022 was N35.672 trillion. This comprised N14.723 trillion in external debt and N20.948 trillion in domestic debt. In December 2011, the total debt stock of FGN was N6.17 trillion. Thus, the total debt stock increased by 478% between January […]