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Payments through Electronic Channels Total N18.156 trillion in Q3, Says NBS

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  • Payments through Electronic Channels Total N18.156 trillion in Q3, Says NBS

A total of 238.889 million payments valued at about N18.156 trillion were conducted through the electronic channels in the third quarter of this year, says the National Bureau of Statistics. These represented 17.75 per cent and 23.47 per cent increase in volume and value respectively over the records in the second quarter.

NBS made this disclosure in its report titled ‘Electronic Payment Channels in the Nigerian Banking Sector in Q3 2016′.

According to the statistics agency, the channels through which these payments were directed included cheques, Nigeria Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT), automatic teller machine (ATM), point of sale (PoS), internet (web), NIBSS Instant Payment (NIP) and mobile payments.

A breakdown of the figures showed that in July, a total of 77.615 payment valued at N5.713 trillion were conducted through the electronic channels while in August and September, 82.256 million and 79.017 million payments valued at N6.922 trillion and N5.520 trillion were respectively made via the electronic channels.

Further analysis of the payment data for the third quarter showed that for cheques, 3.008 million payments valued at N1.414 trillion; NEFT-9.527 million payments valued at N5.460 trillion; ATM-157.104 million valued at N1.246 trillion; POS- 16.028 million valued at N189.947 billion; internet-3.326 million valued at N30.763 billion; mobile payments- 10.865 million valued at N223.057 billion; and NIP- 38.828 million valued at N9.591 trillion, were made.

Pursuant to its goal of ensuring financial inclusion by 2020, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said attaining the Payment System Vision 2020 (PSV 2020) would be the catalyst to revolutionise the payment system in Nigeria. According to the CBN, achieving the PSV 2020 would help facilitate economic activities as well as boost the financial inclusion drive of the CBN.

To this end, the apex bank had in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Sections 2 (d) and 47 (2) of the CBN Act, 2007, to promote and facilitate the development of efficient and effective systems for the settlement of transactions, including the development of electronic payment systems, had issued guidelines on operations of electronic payment channels in Nigeria.

Payments through electronic channels are fast gaining traction in Nigeria. This is evident in the statistics of volume and value of transactions that have been done through the channels.

Only recently, the Head, Consumer and Digital Banking at United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr. Yinka Adedeji, noted that, over 70 per cent of financial deposits across commercial banks, were generated from various digital channels that were driven by technology solutions. He disclosed this during an interactive session in Lagos, where he listed the digital channels to include ATM, PoS, internet banking, mobile banking, among others.

Adedeji had attributed the development to innovative solutions created by banks, which was designed to drive financial inclusion in a cashless society.

He had also noted that “less than 30 per cent of generated cash across banks, come from physical cash deposits and cheque deposits”, suggesting that the cashless initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria was fast gaining acceptance both in urban and rural communities because of the convenience that technology innovations had brought to the banking sector.

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Oil Prices Slide as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Surge, Heightening Demand Concerns

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Oil prices declined on Thursday as concerns over demand intensified due to a larger-than-anticipated build in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, dropped by 0.5% to $83.25 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell by 0.3% to $78.28 a barrel.

The Energy Information Administration’s report revealed a substantial increase in U.S. crude oil stockpiles by 4.2 million barrels to 447.2 million barrels for the week ending February 23rd.

This surge surpassed analysts’ expectations and marked the fifth consecutive week of rising inventories.

While gasoline and distillate inventories witnessed a decline, concerns regarding a sluggish economy and reduced oil demand in the U.S. were amplified.

Satoru Yoshida, a commodity analyst with Rakuten Securities, highlighted that the significant stockpiles have heightened investor worries.

Moreover, the anticipation of delayed U.S. interest rate cuts further weighed on market sentiment, potentially undermining oil demand.

Traders have adjusted their expectations for rate cuts, with an easing cycle predicted to commence in June rather than March as previously anticipated.

Market participants await the U.S. personal consumption expenditures price index for insights into inflation trends, while the possibility of an extension of voluntary oil output cuts from OPEC+ looms over price dynamics, amid lingering uncertainty in the demand outlook and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

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Crude Oil Shortage Threatens Dangote, Government Refineries, Minister Raises Alarm

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, has sounded a clarion call over a looming crude oil shortage that threatens the operations of the newly inaugurated Dangote Petrochemical Refinery and government-owned refineries in Nigeria.

Addressing stakeholders at the seventh edition of the Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, Minister Lokpobiri expressed concerns that unless deliberate efforts are made to increase investments and crude oil production, these refineries may struggle to obtain enough feedstock for petroleum product manufacturing.

The Dangote refinery, a colossal project spearheaded by Dangote Industries Limited, has a daily requirement of up to 650,000 barrels of crude oil, while government-owned refineries could need approximately 400,000 barrels.

However, the current pace of crude oil production and investment in Nigeria falls short of meeting these demands.

Minister Lokpobiri highlighted the need to ramp up production and attract investments in the upstream sector to ensure adequate feedstock supply for the refineries.

He emphasized the importance of efficiently utilizing Nigeria’s abundant oil and gas reserves to enhance domestic energy security and economic prosperity.

Furthermore, the minister underscored the significance of investing in energy infrastructure and transitioning towards more environmentally friendly practices to address Nigeria’s energy needs effectively.

The alarm raised by Minister Lokpobiri underscores the urgency for strategic interventions and collaborative efforts to mitigate the impending crude oil shortage and secure the future of Nigeria’s refining industry amidst evolving global energy dynamics.

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NNPCL Pledges End to Nigeria’s Energy Scarcity Within a Decade

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has announced a bold initiative aimed at ending Nigeria’s persistent energy scarcity within the next decade.

Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, revealed this ambitious plan during the opening ceremony of the seventh Nigerian International Energy Summit in Abuja.

Kyari’s announcement comes as a beacon of hope for millions of Nigerians grappling with chronic power shortages and energy deficiencies.

In his statement, Kyari expressed confidence that all issues related to energy scarcity in the country would be resolved within the next 10 years.

Assuring stakeholders of NNPCL’s unwavering commitment, Kyari emphasized the company’s dedication to collaborating with partners to bridge the energy deficit gap and foster prosperity for all Nigerians.

He highlighted NNPCL’s pivotal role as a key partner to oil-producing companies in Nigeria, facilitating the divestment of international oil companies from onshore and shallow water assets in the country.

Furthermore, Kyari underscored NNPCL’s statutory mandate as the enabler of national energy security, emphasizing the importance of sustainable production from divested assets to ensure energy security for Nigerians.

In addition to addressing domestic energy challenges, NNPCL is also exploring avenues for sustainable energy investment across Africa.

Kyari revealed the company’s intention to invest in the proposed African Energy Bank, aiming to secure funding for energy projects on the continent and guarantee regional energy security.

The event, attended by prominent stakeholders including government officials and representatives from international organizations, marks a significant step towards reshaping Nigeria’s energy landscape and fostering economic development through improved energy access.

As NNPCL charts its course towards energy abundance, Nigerians remain cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a brighter energy future.

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