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The Nigerian economy is in a stumbling and fragile state and in dire need of a new direction.  The political transition offers a great opportunity to chart a new course.


The administration should establish quality economic governance consistent with tested economic principles and empirical evidence, and contextualized within socio-economic peculiarities. This is critical from the onset of the administration for signaling and investors’ confidence. Good economic governance framework would entail the following:

  • Setting up a Transition Committee on the Economy to come with propositions of what needs to be done differently and ensure the delivery quick wins in the in the first one month of the administration.
  • Technically sound economic team to give guidance and direction on general economic policy direction, policy conceptualization and urgent reforms.
  • An economy where there is level playing field for all players with a transparent economic policy formulation process.
  • Competitive economic environment with minimum monopoly dominance.
  • Expand the role of markets for value delivery and boosting of private enterprise in the economy. State institutions do not have the capacity to manage enterprises.
  • Robust monitoring and evaluation framework to regularly review the effectiveness and impact of economic policies and regulatory practices.
  • Robust and regular stakeholder engagement by key government agencies to ensure properly alignment of policies with investors’ sentiments.
  • Elimination of foreign exchange subsidy to unlock a minimum of N3 trillion revenue annually from the sale of CBN forex to the official foreign exchange window.
  • Unlock more income from revenue generating agencies through enhanced efficiency of their operations.
  • Initiate budget reforms to ensure fiscal discipline, curb budget padding, curb duplication of projects and review the service wide votes to ensure transparency.
  • Ensure value for money in government expenditure and procurement.
  • Commit to reduction in the cost of governance.


  • Foreign exchange policy reform to unlock inflows of capital into the economy, reduce arbitrage in the forex market and improve transparency in the forex allocation.
  • Ensure a market reflective exchange rate to eliminate the distortions in the forex ecosystem.
  • Ensure level playing field in forex transactions
  • Remove impediments to markets mechanism in allocation of forex. This will boost inflows from Foreign Direct Investment [FDI], Foreign Portfolio Investment [FPI], Export Proceeds and Diaspora remittances.


  • Demonstrate unmistakable commitment to the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act. This would attract more investment into Export Proceeds and Diaspora remittances.


  • Demonstrate unmistakable commitment to the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act. This would attract more investment into the oil and gas sector.
  • Remove petrol subsidy with minimum shocks to the economy and the citizens.
  • A substantive minister of Petroleum Resources should be appointed to promote professionalism and transparency in the sector.  The practice of the President assuming the role of Minister of Petroleum should be discontinued.
  • The current impressive momentum to tackle oil theft should be sustained in order to boost oil production


  • Ensure Tariff regime that adequately protects local industries.
  • Import duty on intermediate products and critical industrial inputs should be reviewed to reduce production costs.
  • Tariff review processes should be more inclusive and transparent.
  • The administration should prioritize trade facilitation and removal all non-tariff barriers to trade.
  • Removal of all customs checkpoints within the country.
  • The practice of intercepting cargoes that have been duly cleared at any of our ports should be discontinued. The practice has been proven to be extortionist.
  • The practice of appointing non career persons as Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service should be stopped.  It is detrimental to professionalism and morale of career officers in the customs service.


  • The following urgent steps needs to be taken to address the concerns of the of manufacturing sector:
  • Ensure liquidity in the foreign exchange market to guarantee access to foreign exchange for the procurement of raw materials and machineries for industry.
  • Rapid investment in core industries to support backward integration aspirations of government. Such core industries include the iron and steel, petrochemicals, aluminum smelter, pulp and paper and refineries.
  • Scaling up investment in infrastructure through the injection of more funds and the attraction of private capital into the infrastructure space. This would reduce production cost and boost productivity in manufacturing.
  • Creation of more industrial parks across the country and improvement in the facilities in existing ones.
  • Need to strengthen current development finance to support the real sector with appropriate financing – single digit facility with a minimum of five years tenure.


  • We desire a regulatory environment where regulatory risks and regulatory shocks are at the barest minimum.  This is necessary to boost investors’ confidence.
  • Regulatory institutions and economic players must relate as partners, without necessarily compromising regulatory effectiveness.
  • We should put an end to the culture of regulatory intimidation, coercion and undue harassment.
  • There should regular consultative forums between industry players and regulators.


  • The banking system must be repositioned to play its fundamental role of financial intermediation for the benefit of investments in the economy.
  • Some key regulatory instruments of the CBN should be interrogated to ensure their appropriateness and impact on the economy.  The CRR regime is one of such policy instruments that would require a review. Current CRR of 32.5% is one of the highest globally. It has serious implication for financial intermediation.
  • The imperial and intimidating disposition of the current leadership of the CBN needs to be moderated in the interest of the development and stability of the financial system.
  • The development finance operations in the economy have had some positive impact for a few beneficiaries in the real sector. But it needs to be streamlined to minimize loan losses and ensure effective targeting of deserving investors.
  • There is need to ensure full compliance with the recent ruling of the Supreme Court on the currency redesign policy of the CBN. (GBN)




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