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world bank Disburses $7.24bn to Nigeria in Five Years



  • World Bank Disburses $7.24bn to Nigeria in Five Years

The World Bank says it has disbursed a total of $7.24bn to Nigeria from 2012 to date.

Statistics obtained from the bank’s web portal on Wednesday also showed that its current portfolio in Nigeria stood at $8.26bn as of July.

However, a total of $4.69bn, which has been approved for the country, has yet to be disbursed. The bank disburses approved loans in accordance with agreed milestones.

According to the statistics, the bank gave the country a total of $1.37bn in 2012 and $1.02bn in 2013. The bank gave Nigeria $2.02bn in 2014; $1.75bn in 2015; and $1.08bn so far in 2016.

The total loan portfolio is made up of concessional loans from the International Development Association and commercial loans from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The IDA and IBRD are members of the World Bank Group.

The undisbursed loan is made up of $4.2bn from the IDA and $496.2m from the IBRD.

The bank also reported that Nigeria, as a member of the organisation, had contributed a total of $41.7m to its coffers since 1999.

The contribution is made up of $50,000 contributed to the IBRD in 2006; $619,954 in 2007; $494,954 in 2009; and $359,959 in 2010.

The contributions to the IDA were $5,400,200 made in 1999; $5,088,493.26 in 2001; $9,080,914 in 2002; $1,439,700 in 2004; $9,963,296.25 in 2010; and $8,756,118.88 in 2011.

The Debt Management Office disclosed in its 2015 Annual Report and Statement of Accounts that the Federal Government signed loan agreements amounting to $3.05bn with the World Bank and other multilateral and bilateral organisations last year.

According to the report, the agreements include $500m with the IBRD for the Development Finance Project; and $200m loan with the African Development Bank for the Urban Water Sector Reform in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Another of the projects is the water supply and sanitation project and $400m loan agreement with AfDB to assist in financing of the development of the finance institution, Development Bank of Nigeria Plc.

The loans include another $400m agreement with African Development Fund to assist in financing of the Development Bank of Nigeria Plc; $200m agreement with the IDA for additional financing of the Polio Eradication Support Project; and the 70m IDA financing agreement for the African Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project.

Others are the $140m IDA financing agreement for Additional Financing for Community and Social Development Project; $100m AFD agreement for the Lagos Integrated Urban Development Project; and $33.17m loan agreement with the AFD for the Ogun State Urban Water Supply Project.

Also included are the $70m agreement with the IDA for the African Higher Education Centre of Excellence Project; $140m agreement with the IDA/World Bank for additional finance for the Community and Social Development Project; $500m agreement with the IDA for the Saving One Million Lives project; $200m agreement with the IDA for the Polio Eradication Support Project; and $100m agreement with the IDA for the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project.

Before a state government can access any external loan, the deal needs to be guaranteed by the Federal Government.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth



Godwin Emefile

Emefiele Pledges Accommodative Monetary Policy to Boost Economic Growth

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has pledged to adopt accommodative monetary policy stance in 2021 in order to support economic growth in the country.

Emefiele, said this on Friday, while speaking at a CBN/Bankers’ Committee’s initiative for economic growth, which is a one-day special summit on the economy by bank chief executive officers.

The theme of the summit is: “How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Recession.”

Nigeria’s economy recently came out of recession, according to the Gross Domestic Product report for fourth quarter 2020 released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

Owing to the slump GDP growth of 0.11 per cent that lifted the economy out of recession, Emefiele said it was imperative that, “we do all we can in 2021 and beyond to ensure that we build on the positive momentum and strengthen our efforts at stimulating growth.”

He expressed optimism that with the discovery and deployment of vaccines worldwide, 2021 would be a year of massive global recovery and Nigeria must not be left out.

“The banks CEOs are here, whether by moral suasion or by force, they will have to participate in this journey. In order to drive and sustain this recovery therefore, we need to sustain the accommodative fiscal and monetary policy measures aimed at improving access to finance for households and businesses.

“Secondly, we must prevent a resurgence in Covid-19 related cases. Thirdly, we must ensure that a significant number of our population is significantly vaccinated and also improve foreign exchange inflows into our country,” he added.

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CIT Microfinance Bank Disburses Over N16bn Loans




CIT Microfinance Bank Disburses Over N16bn Loans

CIT Microfinance Bank Limited says it has disbursed about N16bn loans since it commenced operations as part of its contributions to the financial sector and empowerment of businesses.

The Managing Director of the microfinance bank, Mr Kingsley Eremionkhale, disclosed this during the company’s 10th anniversary in Lagos recently.

He reiterated that the bank was committed to supporting the growth of small and medium-scale enterprises in the country.

“Since inception, we have disbursed loans worth about N16bn. Our operation is not just about profit-making, but we have impacted many lives, empowered many businesses, and done a lot in terms of our core mandate as a microfinance bank.”

While appreciating its customers who had been loyal to it for years, he said it was concerned about their business success.

The managing director said, “We are part of our customers’ businesses. We provide services beyond lending and savings products and we also give financial advisory services.”

He appreciated the customers who had stayed with the financial institution for many years.

The managing director noted that the MfB is a state-licensed bank operating in Lagos, and a subsidiary of Capitalfield Investment Group.

He also attributed the success of the MfB to the board of directors which it said had been supportive, the management team and its workforce in the past 10 years.

While saying that the bank could lay claims to exponential growth, he said the public should expect more from it.

He also said that it was driving its operations through its digital offerings and our e-channels, to improve its services to our customers.

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FMDQ Approves Valency Agro’s N5.12bn Commercial Paper




FMDQ Approves Valency Agro’s N5.12bn Commercial Paper

FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited has announced the approval of the quotation of the Valency Agro Nigeria Limited N5.12bn Series 1 Commercial Paper under its N20bn CP Programme on its platform.

The Exchange said in fostering the development of the Nigerian debt capital markets, it had continued to avail its credible and efficient platform as well as tailor its listings and quotations services to suit the needs of issuers and registration members through innovative and uninterrupted service delivery.

It said in a statement on Thursday that the Valency Agro Nigeria CP debut issue came at a time when the Nigerian economy was bedeviled with soaring food prices, amidst compounding challenges of insecurity.

It said the agricultural sector and its attendant transformation agenda had never been more important in driving increased and sustainable production of agricultural products as well as the derived foreign earnings through exports.

The Exchange said the proceeds from the issue of the CP would be applied by Valency Agro towards meeting the mid-term working capital requirements of the various agricultural produce under its portfolio such as cashew, sesame, cocoa and in value addition prior to export.

The Executive Director, Valency Agro Nigeria Limited, Mr Sumit Jain, was quoted as saying, “We are thankful to our investors towards showing their faith in our agenda to grow the agriculture-focused business with a clear aim to maximise value addition and create employment opportunities in Nigeria.

“We would also like to commend the efforts made by FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited’s team to build the reach and FMDQ for their unconditional support for the industry”.

The Head, Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Mr Oluseun Olatidoye, said, “FBNQuest Merchant Bank Limited is delighted with the successful debut of the N5.12bn Series 1 CP issued by Valency Agro Nigeria Limited. This reiterates our effort to enable underserved sectors access the debt markets, optimise their capital structure and further deepen the domestic capital markets.

“We are proud of the instrumental role FBNQuest Merchant Bank played in this transaction and appreciate the trust the management of Valency Agro placed in us to assist them. Our clients remain our priority, and we strongly believe their success is our success.”

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