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Notable Nigerian economist Dr. Temitope Oshikoya, CEO of Nextnomics as part of his drive to improve economic research/studies and articulate policy directions on the economy; unveiled 3 books today at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).
The event brought together the cream of Nigerian financial analysts, economists, policy makers, bankers, corporate leaders and royal fathers.
Giving their opening remarks the Chairman of the occasion Mr Kyari Bukar, CEO CSCS Nigeria described the books “Nigerian economy”, “Pathway to shared Prosperity” and the “Art of Central Banking” as timely, considering Nigeria’s economic challenges.
According to Mr Kyari Bukar “This is the right time for us to have a discourse on the Nigerian economy”, butressing the need for constructive debates on the economy.
Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu commended Dr Oshikoya on the books, and assured stakeholders that the Federal government was focused on diversifying the economy from oil dependency to agriculture, solid minerals, industries and technology.
Representative of the Minister of Finance Dr Abraham Nwankwo, DG of Debt Management Office lauded Dr Oshikoya for the books, believing despite the recession the government remained committed to investing in sectors, that will revamp the economy.
Reviewing the book “Pathway to shared Prosperity in Nigeria”, Prof Osita Ogbu OON a well respected economist, described Oshikoya as an “African Intellectual freedom fighter” and commended the book as readable.
Prof Ogbu asserted that Nigeria needs a national economic plan, from which all the sectors derive.He also made a strong case for a robust political system, that will catalyze economic growth.
On his part Dr Doyin Salami, an economist with the Lagos Business School in his review of the book “Art of Central Banking”, was impressed at the way the author utilized the skill of simplifying and explaining issues around the Central Bank.
Of particular interest to Dr Salami, was the point from the book that observed the absence of a welfare function by the CBN in the 2007 act.
Salami agreed with Oshikoya that the economic well-being of Nigerians should be at the heart of the CBN monetary policy.
The event was moderated by Mr Olufemi Awoyemi CEO of Proshare, while the book was formally launched by Chief Owolabi Shitta, Chairman Daytona Group of Companies.
Royal Father of the day, the Anyagburen of Ikorodu Oba Kabiru Olawale Shotobi gave his blessings to the book, describing Dr Temitope Oshikoya as an illustrious son of Ikorodu.
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