It’s not often that Canadian oil markets require the intervention of the government to put them back on course. In fact, the last time such a scenario transpired was all the way back in 1981. But in late December, that’s just what happened in the province of Alberta, home to the country’s abundant oil-sands industry.
By the end of August 2016, official data had confirmed that the second quarter of the year had seen a 2-percent contraction in Nigeria’s economy, from the same three-month period in 2015. Given that this was the second consecutive quarter of negative GDP (gross domestic product) growth, it meant that Africa’s biggest economy had slipped into a recession—a situation from which it is yet to escape.