Kitan Williams

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Nigeria is going broke

ECONOMY - 15 OCT 2018

Nigeria is going broke

Nigeria's latest budget documents only point to one conclusion - that Nigeria is going broke.

Four charts showing Nigeria's Unemployment Problems

ECONOMY - 01 FEB 2018

Four charts showing Nigeria's Unemployment Problems

We know Nigeria has an unemployment problem, but just how bad is it? And is it much worse in certain regions?

Paying for Cheap Petrol

ECONOMY - 11 JAN 2018

Paying for Cheap Petrol

Given Nigerians' addiction to cheap petrol and low political will to change this, subsidies are inevitable.

Nigeria is for Sale

GOVERNANCE - 22 DEC 2017

Nigeria is for Sale

The price of poverty is higher in a country where everything is for sale.

Is Nigeria's Debt sustainable?

ECONOMY - 15 NOV 2017

Is Nigeria's Debt sustainable?

Comparing our Debt-GDP ratio and our Debt Servicing-Ratio raises questions about sustainability.

Will the CBN alter Interest Rates?

FINANCE - 24 SEP 2017

Will the CBN alter Interest Rates?

Statements from Monetary Policy Committee members indicate now may not be the time.

VAIDS: Tax Amnesty or Tax-Free?

ECONOMY - 16 JUL 2017

VAIDS: Tax Amnesty or Tax-Free?

The recently launched VAIDS tax scheme in Nigeria raises crucial questions about Nigeria's tax habits.

Financial Markets Under President Buhari

FINANCE - 03 JUN 2017

Financial Markets Under President Buhari

Financial Market activity has been a microcosm of the evolution of President Buhari's leadership.

Exchange Rate Lessons from Egypt

ECONOMY - 19 MAY 2017

Exchange Rate Lessons from Egypt

We explore how the Egyptian economy has fared after its decision to float its currency.

One Size Fits None

FINANCE - 09 MAY 2017

One Size Fits None

Pension Fund Managers can now invest people's funds in different ways. Is this a positive step?

Has the CBN fixed the Naira?

ECONOMY - 28 APR 2017

Has the CBN fixed the Naira?

With improved dollar supply and a new window for investors, have we put our FX woes behind us?

Unlocking Nigeria's Agriculture Potential

ECONOMY - 18 APR 2017

Unlocking Nigeria's Agriculture Potential

Our agriculture sector suffers three challenges: access to inputs, access to credit, and access to markets.

The Oil Recovery and Growth Plan?

ECONOMY - 14 APR 2017

The Oil Recovery and Growth Plan?

The details of the ERGP expose how important the oil sector will remain to Nigeria's economy

Why is the CBN selling dollars again?

ECONOMY - 20 MAR 2017

Why is the CBN selling dollars again?

As global oil prices have risen, the CBN has sold more dollars. Can they keep this up?

Kicking the Subsidy Habit

ECONOMY - 20 FEB 2017

Kicking the Subsidy Habit

Nigeria, like other countries, looks to be losing the habit of providing cheap fuel to citizens. Will it last?

How To Grow

ECONOMY - 13 JAN 2016

How To Grow

Not all economic growth is equal and how exactly an economy grows has severe long-term implications.

The Case for Economic Migration

ECONOMY - 04 JAN 2016

The Case for Economic Migration

Allowing poor people to move to rich countries is the most powerful development tool. Why doesn't it happen?

There's a Nigerian born every minute

ECONOMY - 23 DEC 2015

There's a Nigerian born every minute

A combination of economic inequality and population growth casts a Malthusian shadow on Nigeria.

Regional Trade: The Nigerian Opportunity

ECONOMY - 11 NOV 2015

Regional Trade: The Nigerian Opportunity

Regional trade could be the next frontier for developing countries looking to trade their way to prosperity.

The Wealth of States

ECONOMY - 06 NOV 2015

The Wealth of States

Calculating GDP for states is another sign of Nigeria's trust in good data to lubricate development efforts.

Sub-par Sub-Sahara

ECONOMY - 30 OCT 2015

Sub-par Sub-Sahara

A look at the economic performance of Sub-Saharan countries

Central Bank Independence

ECONOMY - 14 OCT 2015

Central Bank Independence

The independence of the Central Bank of Nigeria is crucial for fostering confidence in the financial system.

Oil for diversification

ECONOMY - 29 SEP 2015

Oil for diversification

Sidelining the Oil & Gas sector would be an avoidable error in diversification efforts

Protecting Local Industries

ECONOMY - 24 SEP 2015

Protecting Local Industries

Infant industries sometimes need protection in order to grow – but which should Nigeria protect?

China and Nigeria

ECONOMY - 23 SEP 2015

China and Nigeria

The Chinese slowdown comes at an unwelcome time for Nigeria but the future remains bright.

How to solve a problem like the Naira

ECONOMY - 04 SEP 2015

How to solve a problem like the Naira

The collateral damage from the CBN's battle to stabilise the Naira could have even more damaging effects.

My word is my bond

GOVERNANCE - 29 AUG 2015

My word is my bond

In a democracy, proper governance should take precedence over premature campaign promises.

The Opportunity Cost of Spending

ECONOMY - 21 AUG 2015

The Opportunity Cost of Spending

Overlooking opportunity costs when making spending decisions is an old and costly economic habit.

Nigeria: Dark clouds and Silver linings

ECONOMY - 13 AUG 2015

Nigeria: Dark clouds and Silver linings

Leveraging on apparent disadvantages is often a surprisingly fruitful enterprise for bold entrepreneurs.

Energy Lessons From the Gulf

ECONOMY - 07 AUG 2015

Energy Lessons From the Gulf

Should Nigeria emulate its Gulf neighbours and deregulate its energy sector?

The State of Our Finances

ECONOMY - 07 AUG 2015

The State of Our Finances

Will moral hazard prevent states from efficiently using the federal government bailout packages?

Learning from the Fuel Crisis II: Extortion?

ECONOMY - 07 AUG 2015

Learning from the Fuel Crisis II: Extortion?

Has the Federal government been transparent in how it handles resolutions in the oil sector?

Learning from the Fuel Crisis I: Addicted to Power

ECONOMY - 07 AUG 2015

Learning from the Fuel Crisis I: Addicted to Power

The shortage of petroleum products unraveled the extremity of Nigeria’s power supply situation.

The Golden Rule

GOVERNANCE - 01 AUG 2015

The Golden Rule

What can the golden rule teach Nigeria as it deals with its current issues?

Running On African Time

ECONOMY - 29 JUL 2015

Running On African Time

The culture of African Time discourages business reliability in Nigeria.

Home Comforts

ECONOMY - 28 JUL 2015

Home Comforts

How has the 'home-bias' affected local industries in Nigeria?

Learning from the Fuel Crisis III: Fair Prices

ECONOMY - 24 JUL 2015

Learning from the Fuel Crisis III: Fair Prices

The federal government's decision on current fuel prices has led to a minor case of market failure.

Learning from the Fuel Crisis IV: Subsidies

ECONOMY - 24 JUL 2015

Learning from the Fuel Crisis IV: Subsidies

A combination of low oil prices, frequent fuel shortages and new government has revived the subsidy debate.

The Myth of Ethics-free Economic Policy

GOVERNANCE - 24 JUL 2015

The Myth of Ethics-free Economic Policy

Economics, and by extension, economic policy, are not ethics-free.

Does the CBN know when to give up?

ECONOMY - 24 JUL 2015

Does the CBN know when to give up?

The CBN has ruled out a further devaluation or the possibility of free floating the currency.