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Pension Sub-sector Records N770bn Profit in 10 years

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The pension industry has recorded N770 billion profit in the past ten years, the Director General, National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu has said.

Anohu-Amazu, who disclosed this at the 17th annual lecture of the Catholic Brothers United (CBU ) of St. Agnes Catholic Church Maryland, Lagos, said the pension industry, raked in the huge profit between January 2006 and June 2016.

She said total contributions to Retirement Savings Account (RSA) for both public and private sectors within the period was N3.06trillion made up of N1.78trillion from public sector, which represents 57.52 percent of the total contributions and N1.30trillion from the private sector, representing 42.48 percent of the total contributions.

“Given that total assets of the RSA fund was N3.83trillionas at the period under review, it showed that a profit of over 770billion was made between January 2006 and June 2016.The public sector contributions include all contributions from federal and state governments as well as the self -funding agencies”, the PenCom boss explained.

She observed that the Nigerian pension fund assets had seen a dramatic growth over the decade from about N2trillion deficit in June, 2004 to N5.74 trillion as at the second quarter 2014.

According to her, this pool of funds is being invested on behalf of the contributors based on the provision of the PRA 2014 on stipulated allowable instruments for investment of pension funds and assets.

She said the commission, had in line with its regulatory responsibilities, issued regulation on investment of pension asset to guide the operators on how pension contributions should be invested.

The PenCom DG stated that the investment policy of the industry is based on the principle of safety, fair returns and liquidity to ensure that retirees receive their benefits as and when due, while achieving measurable impact on the economy.

According to Anohu-Amazu, Nigeria, like other emerging economies, had invested over 69 percent of the pension funds in government securities while investment in equities and money market securities were moderate at 11.54 percent and 8.66 percent respectively as at the second quarter of 2016.

Speaking on infrastructural investment, Anohu-Amazu, said there was only 0.03 per cent investment in infrastructure, a situation, which she said has left a huge untapped financing prospect.

“In addition, there is no investment in infrastructure bonds despite the allowance of 15 percent of the total pension fund asset in this instrument. This was largely due to non availability of this instrument in the market.” she stated.

She said the corporate and the pension industry strategies would help to increase investment in infrastructure and other alternatives assets from four percent in 2014 to 40 percent by the end of 2019.

Furthermore, she said plans have been made to drive efficiency by improving service delivery and the use of technology as well as establishment of share services across the pension industry.

She disclosed that Nigerian pension fund is targeting at inclusive expansive coverage, with the objective of ensuring that a minimum of 18per cent of the population, are covered and increase the asset size of the sector increased by at least 10 percent of the Nigerian GDP by 2019.

The commission, she added, will drive these objectives through excellence in service delivery access to the pension industry and increased investments in infrastructure projects to achieve measurable impact on the Nigerian economy.

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Nigeria’s Insecurity Issues Force Mexican Investors to Stall Investment Plans

The insecurity issues ravaging Nigeria have forced some Mexican investors to put a hold on their plans to invest in the country.

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The insecurity issues ravaging Nigeria have forced some Mexican investors to put a hold on their plans to invest in the country.

This was disclosed by the Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico Hon. Adejare Bello.

He said that the Nigerian embassy frequently receives inquiries from investors about their plans to invest in the country and for possible collaboration.

With the abundance of natural resources in Nigeria, these investors have been looking to invest in areas such as gold mining, oil and gas, and agriculture, as well as partnering with Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote in the area of fertilizer procurement.

Unfortunately, these investors have stepped back on their plans due to the incessant attacks and insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.

In his words, “In the last decade, one of the critical challenges facing the Nigerian economy is the lack of adequate security of life and properties which has made the country lose so much in terms of foreign direct investment.

“The present situation in the country is very clear evidence of the impact of insecurity on the nation’s development in general and on the economy in particular.

“Lives are lost in the bombings, properties destroyed and businesses collapse as some businessmen who are not indigenes of the affected states leave and migrate to other states. Even the indigenes are taken to refugee camps leading to an increase in government expenditure”

Hon. Bello stated that the insecurity issues in the country have led to a slowdown of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) which is worrisome, noting that it would be beneficial to the country due to its recent economic challenges.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to summon the political will necessary to ensure adequate internal security on a sustainable basis and create a friendly investment climate for inflows of foreign capital into the country.

Investors King understands that Nigeria’s insecurity challenges have not only slowed down investment inflow in the country, but it has also led to the exit of several multinational firms.

The country continues to miss out on so many opportunities of attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) due to escalating insecurity crisis.

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Ogun State Government Inaugurates Ogun Invest, Facilitates Agency

Ogun State Government on Friday inaugurated the Ogun State Investment and facilitation Agency, commonly referred to as the OGUNINVEST.

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Ogun State Government on Friday inaugurated the Ogun State Investment and facilitation Agency, commonly referred to as the OGUNINVEST.

The inaugural ceremony was held at the Governor’s Office in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun who led the inauguration said the newly inaugurated OGUNINVEST would promote the state and give access to both local and international investors.

The Governor, during the ceremony, said his administration had so far attracted nothing less than 36 investment portfolios that are worth over $1 billion.

He said that the investments altogether were able to generate over 40,000 jobs for the citizens of the state, and the facilitation agency would strengthen governance and diversification in Ogun state.

Abiodun disclosed that the primary focus of the agency is positioned on making the state an investment of choice, generating wealth for all in Ogun State citizens, and helping the private sectors grow.

He said, ” The facilitation agency is committed to attracting, facilitating, and nurturing investments into Ogun State.

“Our administration through Oguninvest Will continue to play the role of the enabler and facilitator to help the private sector grow, create jobs, and generate wealth for all in Ogun State.

“We have continued to reap a bountiful harvest from our commitment as existing investments are thriving and new investments are being attracted. As of today, we’ve been able to attract 36 new investments into Ogun State worth over a billion United States dollars and generated an estimation of over 40,000 jobs since the inception of OGUNINVEST.”

He disclosed that his administration has always been committed to the growth of the industrial sector in the state and that his administration would soon commence the construction of the Special Agro Processing Zone by November 2022.

The Governor included that a lot of tax reforms had been introduced under his administration, ensuring that multiple taxes were removed and his administration has also successfully made its payment process digital.

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Nigerian Investors Petitions Kenya Courts to Release Funds Held in Several Bank Accounts

2,000 Nigerian investors demanding the release of Ksh 1.44 billion ($1.8million) held by Safaricom and four other banks in Kenya.

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A petition has been made by more than 2,000 Nigerian investors demanding the release of Ksh 1.44 billion ($1.8million) held by Safaricom and four other banks in Kenya.

These investors claim that they were duped billions of shillings by a sports betting platform (86FB) that used Nigerian and African Fintech company Flutterwave to process payments.

Citing Kenya’s anti-money laundering laws, these investors are demanding that the sum of $12 million is split from the Ksh 6.6 B ($55 M) that was frozen in July in 62 bank accounts at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Equity Bank, Ecobank, and UBA Bank, as well as in 19 Safaricom paybill numbers.

The Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) was granted permission to freeze Ksh 5.17 B (USD 49 M) in 29 GTB accounts, with the remaining funds held in accounts at Equity and Ecobank in Kenyan Shillings, US Dollars, Euros, and British Pounds.

The large sums are alleged to be the proceeds of theft, credit card fraud, and money laundering that were wired under the guise of payments for goods and services.

One of the investors who identified himself as Morris Ebitimi Joseph claimed that he and other investors had filed a new lawsuit in Nigeria to seek the return of their funds.

They argued that a portion of the money belonged to them and have opposed the attempt to forfeit it to the Kenyan government which they claimed were fraudulent proceeds.

In his words, “I believe that the issuance of an order compelling Guaranty Trust Bank, Equity Bank, and Ecobank to deposit the sums excluded in the bank account of our advocates, justice shall be served to the 2,468 interested parties who were swindled of their hard-earned money through the scheme”.

Morris claimed that the investors put money into the investment scheme on the promise of better returns from the betting business, but however, never materialized.

Before the payments stopped, according to them, everything was fine for about six months. He also shared that after conducting research, he came to the conclusion that the operation was questionable, and now wants to join the case and help the court resolve the issue.

The Nigerian contingent is requesting the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), which declared in July that Flutterwave is not licensed in Kenya, to ask that the court issue an order directing Access Bank, Safaricom, and United Bank of Africa to deposit the excluded amount in the account of his attorneys.

“The claim made by the applicant/intended interested party represents the interest of 2,468 persons, thus occasioning monumental public interest.

Failure to expeditiously determine whether the application is in like fashion constitutes substantive and irreparable injustice,” Joseph says. He contends that there may be more people with an interest in the funds in addition to the 2,468 people who are requesting an injunction.

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