The Nigerian State Minister for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Kachikwu said on Tuesday that Nigeria has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) worth over $80 billion with Chinese companies.
The minister who led a team of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ‘Top Management’ and Key Industry Stakeholders to the NNPC-China Investors’ Roadshow in Beijing, China said “it was an outstanding success as the corporation achieved its bid to bridge the infrastructure funding gaps in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.”
The fund is to be spent on investments in oil and gas infrastructure, refineries, power, pipelines, and facility refurbishments and upstream.
According to the minister, this will help enhance the economy and foster a new growth pattern through job creation, jumpstart weak oil sector, support businesses, aid diversification of the economy and open up the country for more foreign investments.
This is a follow up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s working visit in April 2016, were the new Nigeria-China bilateral trade relation was solidified — including a deal on yuan transactions with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), the world’s biggest lender and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
It should also be recalled that a Chinese delegation visited the president last week and said they were in the country “to implement the outcome of the last meetings between the presidents of Nigeria and China and to enhance existing cordial friendship and bilateral trade relations between the two countries,” said Mr. Qiam Keming, China’s Vice Minister of Commerce.
It is widely believed that the deal will boost capital importation and ease the pressure on the dollar as Chinese companies can now transact in Renminbi (yuan) without constraint, under the ‘free to flow’ agreement.
“It means that the Renminbi (yuan) is free to flow among different banks in Nigeria, and the Renminbi has been included in the foreign exchange reserves of Nigeria,” said Lin Songtian, Director General of the African Affairs Department of China’s foreign ministry.
FCMB Reports 16.4 Percent Increase in Profit After Tax in Q3 2020
FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial institutions in Nigeria, reported a 16.4 percent increase in profit after tax for the third quarter of the year.
In the unaudited financial statements released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the lender’s profit before tax grew by 10.2 percent year-on-year to N4.8 billion while profit after tax increased by 16.4 percent to N4.2 billion.
FCBMB Group Plc expanded gross earnings by 4.8 percent to N48.3 billion during the period under review. Similarly, the bank’s net interest income rose by 30.03 percent year-on-year to N22.7 billion.
The strong performance continued across the board as net fee and commission income increased by 0.29 percent to N5.2 billion. Net trading income rose by 39.4 percent year-on-year to N1.82 billion.
Personnel expenses dropped by 7.9 percent to N6.9 billion during the quarter while general and administrative expenses declined by 7.52 percent year-on-year to N7.6 billion. Largely due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Loans and advances to customers rose by 10.8 percent to N793.14 billion between December 2019 and September 2020. Total desposits from customers during the same period grew by 26.7 percent to N1.2 trillion.
The bank’s total assets increased by 22.12 percent to N2.04 trillion.
Stanbic IBTC Obtains Approvals, License to Establish Life Insurance Subsidiary
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc on Friday announced that it has obtained all required Regulatory Approvals and a license from the National Insurance Commission to establish a wholly-owned Life Insurance subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Limited (SIIL).
In a statement signed by Chidi Okezi, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC and released on Friday, the bank said “The establishment of this new subsidiary essentially complements the bouquet of product offerings by Stanbic IBTC as it continues its goal of being the leading end-to-end financial solutions provider in Nigeria. In this regard, SIIL will aim to facilitate long term insurance for already financially included individuals and will seek to become the preferred Insurer in the Life Insurance Business.
“Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, is a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management. The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade deals between Africa, China and select emerging markets. Standard Bank Group is the largest African financial institution by assets. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 21 countries on the African continent.
“Standard Bank has been in operation for over 158 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa; and connecting selected emerging markets to Africa by applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, power and infrastructure.”
World Bank to Discuss New $1.5 Billion Loan Request From Nigeria
The Finance Minister, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, on Friday said the Federal Government has met all the conditions for a fresh loan of $1.5 billion from the World Bank.
The minister disclosed this on Bloomberg TV.
She said the multilateral financial institution is in the final stage of approving the loan. The minister explained that the loan will be discussed in the bank’s next meeting and possibly be approved in the same meeting.
In June, the Senate approved the borrowing plans but the World Bank pushed back demanding Nigeria fulfill the conditions attached to the $3.4 billion loan received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in May.
Some of the conditions were to increase revenue generation by upping VAT, the introduction of tariff reflective electricity bill, the removal of subsidy and the unification of the nation’s foreign exchange.
Most of which the Federal Government has done despite protests from most Nigerians who called the new policies anti-people given their current situation.
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