Measuring Progress at National and sub-National Levels

This article is a rejoinder to Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s (CCS) ‘how do we measure the performance of state governments?’ published on This Day website on April 15, 2013. The focus of CCS’ article is not only timely, it is also critical to our national development discourse. The subject of the article should in fact concern …

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On Amnesty, Presidential pardon and sustainable national development

I marked my 32nd birthday today with a discussion on: presidential pardon, amnesty and sustainable development in Nigeria. I share below the text of my brief introductory remark at the discussion. Introduction Pardon and amnesty have been applied at various times throughout our chequered history. Most recently, Niger Delta ‘militants’ were granted in the presidential …

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Towards quality university education in Nigeria

The debate on quality higher education, particularly University education in Nigeria appears to suggest that the delivery of quality education is solely the responsibility of the federal government; and the current state of the education sector is primarily a result of poor funding. There is no doubt that the federal government should play a major …

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A Nation in need of Leadership: it’s all about queuing, no?

Last week I travelled to one of the Universities in the South-South of Nigeria on a ‘scoping’ visit. In the course of my trip, I had cause to use an ATMachine. I spent several minutes, perhaps around 45 minutes, waiting my turn on the rather long queue. I wondered why the queue dragged, even though there …

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Exploring Partnerships for improved Higher Education delivery

So I continue the series on cost effective measures through which Nigerian higher education institutions (HEIs) could improve the quality of education delivery, with a focus on: exploring partnerships. By partnerships I mean mutually beneficial relationships between HEIs and a range of external bodies, potentially the private sector, government institutions, other HEIs (locally and internationally), …

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