2017. As President Buhari recently described it, 2017 was a difficult year. The President was ill and on medical vacation for much of the first half of the year. In his words, \u201cI have never been so sick.\u201d His bouncing back to good health in August coincided with the emergence of the economy from five quarters of recession. In the first half of the year, the President launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), and Vice President Osinbajo (as Acting President) signed the 2017 Budget into law. (That Budget Proposal was submitted to the National Assembly by President Buhari in December 2016, but was not passed into law by the National Assembly until May 2017). To recap, 2017 was the year in which: 1.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Nigeria exited its worst recession in decades. After five quarters of negative growth, the economy bounced back into positive territory. Agriculture was one of the stars of 2017, posting consistent growth levels even throughout the recession. Also, Inflation fell for ten consecutive months during 2017 (February to November). 2.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Thstabilizedabilised against the dollar, after the Central Bank introduced a new forex window for Investors and Exporters. The stability has attracted billions of dollars in portfolio investments since April 2017. 3.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 On the back of a stable Naira and increased investment inflows, Nigeria\u2019s stock market emerged one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent. 4.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Nigeria saw bumper food harvests, especially in rice, whose local production continues to rise significantly (States like Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kano leading the pack, with Ogun joining at the end of 2017). The price of a 50kg bag of rice \u2013 a staple in the country \u2013 has fallen by about 30 percent since the beginning of 2017, as local production has gone up. 5.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 The Federal Government launched a 701 billion Naira Intervention Fund (\u2018Payment Assurance Programme\u2019) aimed at supporting power generation companies to meet their payment obligations to gas and equipment suppliers, banks and other partners. The impact is being felt, the amount of power being distributed is now currently steady at around 4,000MW - higher than previously recorded. 6.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 The Federal Government began paying pensions to police officers who were the granted Presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the former Biafran Police during the Nigerian Civil War. These officers, and their next of kin, have waited for their pensions for 17 years since the Presidential pardon. 7.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Nigeria rose 24 places on the World Bank\u2019s Ease of Doing Business rankings, and earned a place on the List of Top 10 Reformers in the world. As part of efforts to entrench an enabling environment for business in Nigeria, the National MSME Clinics initiative engaged and provided support to 364,028 MSMEs across 11 States in 2017. 8.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Nigeria\u2019s foreign exchange reserves grew by $12 billion, reaching the highest level since 2014. Nigeria also added, in 2017, an additional $250m to its Sovereign Wealth Fund (making a total of $500m added since the Buhari administration took office). Also, Nigeria\u2019s trade balance crossed over into surplus territory, from a deficit in 2016. 9.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Nigeria successfully issued two Eurobonds (US$4.5bn), a Sukuk Bond (100 billion Naira), a Diaspora Bond (US$300m), and the first Sovereign Climate Bond ('Green Bond') in Africa, raising billions of dollars for infrastructure spending. 10.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0The Federal Government launched a Tax Amnesty scheme (the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, VAIDS) expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenues when it closes in March 2018. 11.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0The Federal Government successfully commenced implementation of a Whistleblowing Programme that has so far seen recoveries of tens of millions of dollars. 12.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0The Social Investment Programme \u2013 Nigeria\u2019s most ambitious social welfare programme ever \u2013 rolled out across dozens of states. Currently, 5.2 million primary school children in 28,249 schools in 19 states are being fed daily; 200,000 unemployed graduated enlisted into the Npower Job Scheme, a quarter of a million loans already distributed to artisans, traders, and farmers; and more than\u00a0280,000 people benefited from the Cash Transfer programme across 21 States. 13.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0The number of Nigerians facing food insecurity in the northeast dropped by half, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 14.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0The Nigeria Customs Service recorded its highest-ever revenue collection, crossing the One Trillion Naira (N1,000,000,000,000) mark. 15.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), under the new management appointed by President Buhari in 2016, remitted 7.8 billion Naira to the coffers of the Federal Government. The total amount remitted by JAMB between 2010 and 2016 was 51 million Naira. 16.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a02017 was also the Year of Nigeria\u2019s Agriculture Revolution, embodied by the successes of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) and the Anchor Borrowers Programme. More than a dozen moribund fertilizer blending plants\u00a0 were revived under the PFI this year. 17.\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0Finally, 2017 will be the Year that laid the foundation for a 2018 that will be Nigeria\u2019s Year of Infrastructure. A number of important infrastructure projects, in power, rail and road, are scheduled to come on-stream or inch close to completion next year.