Beyond the rhetoric in addressing youth violence

By Martin Ike-Muonso The enormity of the youth problem in Africa has ostensibly attracted a large number of supposed solution providers. For instance, non-governmental organisations that theoretically focus on the youth problem are by far more than the number focusing on other thematic areas. Notwithstanding the scale of engagement of NGOs and governments in the youth question the challenges of...

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How our banks lead manufacturers to the slaughter slab

By Martin Ike-Muonso Official statistics from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, the Central bank of Nigeria, small and medium enterprises agency of Nigeria and a host of other reliable sources have shown that no fewer than four hundred medium scale – mostly manufacturing – companies die each year. Again, based on the dependency ratio of about one medium scale organisation to...

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What can we learn from Nnewi’s prosperity?

By Martin Ike-Muonso The scale of intense commercial activity in Nnewi – a community comprising three local government areas – in Anambra State point to the apparent prosperity per capita of its citizens. The town is a mini version of Lagos and riddled with bubbling enterprises. Virtually every person is either buying or selling or producing something. Without a doubt, it is difficult to find in...

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