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Kebbi State Ministry of Budget and Economic PlanningFiscal Policy Essay Prize

As Kebbi state begins to prepare and plan for a post COVID-19 Nigeria, what tax
reforms should be adopted by the state to stimulate and catalyse economic growth?

The Competition:-
This competition is designed to stimulate research, meaningful debate and increased
interest in fiscal policy formulation and implementation at Subnational Government

A good submission should take into account the economic and cultural peculiarities of
Kebbi State, its comparative advantages, its current revenue streams, tax base,
taxation profile and the ease of implementation of any proposed reforms. Novelty and
the use of germane and existing data for the submission is encouraged.

Context :

Sufficient tax revenues are essential to Subnational economic growth,
competitiveness and quality of rendered services. The COVID-19 pandemic has
affected sources of revenues for Kebbi State and changed the world as we know it.
Novel and reformed tax policies will be key to Subnational government survival in a post pandemic Nigeria.

Starting information on Kebbi State
Some information on Kebbi State and its finances may be found on the state website:

Entry Eligibility and Criteria :-

Entries from individual(s), academia, thinktanks and undergraduate student(s) of
tertiary institutions are welcomed. Entries may be as individuals or groups of
individuals not exceeding four people.

Entries from undergraduate students will be entered for the student prize. Entries for
the student prize are only eligible if the author(s) are enrolled in full-time undergraduate education as of 2021. Entrants who completed an undergraduate tertiary institution course of study during 2020 and 2021 are also eligible for the student
prize (ID Card Required). Only entries made with student ID cards that meet the
criteria will be entered for the student prize.

Employees of the Kebbi State Government and their spouses are not eligible to
submit entries for any of the prizes.
Prize Awards
1st Prize
(One Million Naira)
2nd Prize
(Three Hundred Thousand Naira)
3rd Prize
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira)
Student Prize N200,000.00
(Two Hundred Thousand Naira)
If a winning entry is co-authored, the prize will be split equally amongst the co�authors.
Prizes will be announced on the 31st of May 2021 ***
*** Subject to change at discretion of the KBMBEP
How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by Thursday the 15th of April, 2021 via email to:

Entrant name(s) and contact details should be clear in the email but not on the essay
attachment itself (Anonymity of entries will be ensured before being seen by the

Entries must be in PDF format and not exceed 500KB.
The title of the email should read KBMBEP 2021 Fiscal Policy Essay Prize Entry.

The body of email must carry the following information for each author(s):
First name:
Email address:
Phone Number:
Tertiary Institution (if entry is for student prize)
Student Prize entries must be accompanied by an attached copy of Tertiary Institution
ID card(s) of author(s) in PDF format (not to exceed 300kb).

Multiple Entries will be disqualified.
Questions regarding the competition and/or requests for information should be sent
Judging Panel Decisions and Payment of Prize Money
Decisions made by the judges are final. Prize money will be paid directly to the winning
author(s) after verification by the Kebbi State Ministry of Budget and Economic

The Submission and Style Requirements
Entries must not exceed 3,000 words. Entries must be in the English Language and
include Harvard style referencing where appropriate. References will NOT count
towards the word count total. The text should be double spaced, on A4 pages, in
Times New Roman size 12 font. Entry pages must be numbered.

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