Business Environment in Nigerian States 2010 -Tackling the Security Challenge


This book is the second in the research publication series under the Business Environment and Competitiveness across Nigerian States (BECANS) programme. The central theme of this publication –Tackling the Security Challenge– reflects BECANS II research evidence which shows that overall, the business environment deteriorated between 2007 and 2010 due largely to increased insecurity.

The BECANS initiative is the first ever research-based business environment benchmarking across Nigerian States. The overall goal is to promote evidence-based reforms of the business environment in Nigeria, with focus on the sub-national jurisdictions.

The programme supplies independent research-based evidence on the business environment across Nigerian states in an ongoing manner. The logic is that state and local governments are crucial in ensuring good business environment and international economic competitiveness. Without commensurate state-level business reforms, the macroeconomic and institutional reforms by the federal government cannot bring about employment creation and poverty reduction.

This publication should therefore become the basis for business environment reforms in the respective states and Abuja FCT. Private sector and civil society organisations should utilise the evidence to dialogue and advocate for a better business environment. Also, state governments should see the performance assessment in terms of opportunities and challenges to make their jurisdictions



The Global Economic Crisis and Nigeria:

Taking the Right Lessons, Avoiding the Wrong Lessons


This book is fruit of a National Policy Symposium - Global Financial and Economic Crisis: Taking the Right Lessons and Avoiding the Wrong Lessons, held in 2009, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The Symposium was an effort to give conceptual form and evidence-based perspective to the national public discourse on the global economic crisis and its implications for Nigeria’s economic planning and management. At the symposium it was seen clearly that he ideas and lessons canvassed there needed to be more widely disseminated in an enduring manner.

The book will enlighten government and private sector managers, civil society actors and development practitioners. It will sensitise stakeholders towards advocating for analysis-based responses to the global economic crisis. As one of the few organised analyses on the global economic crisis and Nigeria, this book will enhance the quality of public discourse on the appropriate policy responses. For policy advocacy purposes, this book serves as an evidence tool. Policymakers and technocrats will find the book as a useful and handy reference material. It will also serve as an important learning and reference material for professionals, scholars, teachers and students.