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FG, States Budget N5.6tr For Salaries, Overheads

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  • FG, States Budget N5.6tr For Salaries, Overheads

The federal and 36 state governments will spend half of their N13.5 trillion total budgets for the year on salaries and overheads.

Analysis of the 2017 budget documents shows that the central and 33 state governments would spend N5.9 trillion (41 percent) of their total budgets on salaries.The central government’s budget for the year is N7.29 trillion; of which the recurrent expenditure will gulp N2.98 trillion. Other components of the federal government budget are statutory transfers (N414 billion) and debt servicing (N1.66 trillion).

The central government’s budget for the year is N7.29 trillion; of which the recurrent expenditure will gulp N2.98 trillion. Other components of the federal government budget are statutory transfers (N414 billion) and debt servicing (N1.66 trillion).The 33 states have a combined budget of N6.22 trillion and they are spending N2.60 trillion (42 percent) on workers emoluments. There are no budget figures from Adamawa, Ondo and Kebbi states.

The 33 states have a combined budget of N6.22 trillion and they are spending N2.60 trillion (42 percent) on workers emoluments. There are no budget figures from Adamawa, Ondo and Kebbi states.The swollen recurrent expenditures keep coming despite the economic recession triggered by the dwindling oil revenues and low votes for development projects.

The swollen recurrent expenditures keep coming despite the economic recession triggered by the dwindling oil revenues and low votes for development projects.At Nigeria’s official exchange rate of 304 to a US dollar, the federal and state governments will spend $42.9 billion this year. The 33 states are spending $19.7 billion while the federal government is spending $23 billion.

At Nigeria’s official exchange rate of 304 to a US dollar, the federal and state governments will spend $42.9 billion this year. The 33 states are spending $19.7 billion while the federal government is spending $23 billion.Capital spending by the central and the state governments this year is N5.77 trillion (43 percent) – N2.24 trillion for the federal and N3.53 trillion for the states.

Capital spending by the central and the state governments this year is N5.77 trillion (43 percent) – N2.24 trillion for the federal and N3.53 trillion for the states.Further analysis of the budget estimates of the two tiers of government

Further analysis of the budget estimates of the two tiers of government show an increase of N1.3 trillion from last year’s N12.2 trillion.The total recurrent expenditures of the federal and state governments also rose by over N200 billion, from N5.3 trillion last year to N5.5 trillion this year.

The total recurrent expenditures of the federal and state governments also rose by over N200 billion, from N5.3 trillion last year to N5.5 trillion this year.Also, capital projects by the two tiers soared by over half a trillion naira. It rose from N5.04 trillion in 2016 to N5.77 trillion this year.

Also, capital projects by the two tiers soared by over half a trillion naira. It rose from N5.04 trillion in 2016 to N5.77 trillion this year.

The 17 northern states have a total budget of N2.38 trillion, witnessing a reduction of over N100 billion from last year’s N2.5 trillion. Of this, N1.37 trillion was for capital and N928 billion for recurrent, compared to last year’s N1.4 trillion and N1.1 trillion respectively.The total budget of the 16 southern states is N3.83 trillion against previous year’s N3.5 trillion. Of this, N2.15 trillion is capital and N1.67 trillion recurrent against N1.9 trillion and N1.5 trillion in 2016.

The total budget of the 16 southern states is N3.83 trillion against previous year’s N3.5 trillion. Of this, N2.15 trillion is capital and N1.67 trillion recurrent against N1.9 trillion and N1.5 trillion in 2016.

Small spenders
The seven states with the lowest approved budgets are Nasarawa (N67 billion), Yobe (N69 billion), Gombe (N86 billion), Ekiti (N94 billion), Abia (N103 billion), Enugu (N105 billion), Niger (N108 billion), and Taraba (N110 billion).

Big spenders
Lagos, with N813 billion, is leading the league of states with huge budgetary allocations. Other big spenders are Rivers (N470 billion), Akwa Ibom (N365 billion), Cross River (N301billion), Delta (N271 billion), Bayelsa and Ogun (N221 billion each), Kaduna (N215 billion), Kano (N210 billion) and Oyo (N207 billion).

Geopolitical analysis
On geopolitical basis, the seven states of the northwest zone (minus Kebbi) have a total budget of N1.01 trillion slightly lower than previous year’s N1.12 trillion. The budget has capital and recurrent components of N635.2 billion and N376.5 billion when compared with last year’s N698 billion and N479 billion irrespectively.The total budget for the northeast zone is N593.1 billion, about N80 billion lower than 2016’s N676 billion, with capital expenditure consuming N298 billion against last year’s N347 billion; leaving N209.8 billion for recurrent, which is lower than N326 billion for the previous year.

The total budget for the northeast zone is N593.1 billion, about N80 billion lower than 2016’s N676 billion, with capital expenditure consuming N298 billion against last year’s N347 billion; leaving N209.8 billion for recurrent, which is lower than N326 billion for the previous year.The north central zone’s approved budget for the year is N781.5 billion, a rise of about N100 billion from last year’s N684 billion. N439 billion is for capital and N342.4 billion for recurrent spending, unlike N385 billion and N343 billion in the previous year.

The north central zone’s approved budget for the year is N781.5 billion, a rise of about N100 billion from last year’s N684 billion. N439 billion is for capital and N342.4 billion for recurrent spending, unlike N385 billion and N343 billion in the previous year.The southwest zone’s budget for the year is N1.47 trillion, slightly higher than last year’s N1.36 trillion, with capital spending consuming N805.7 billion, leaving N668 for

The southwest zone’s budget for the year is N1.47 trillion, slightly higher than last year’s N1.36 trillion, with capital spending consuming N805.7 billion, leaving N668 for recurrent component. The zone has a recurrent vote of N695 billion and N671 billion capital, last year.The south-south region has a total budget of N1.77 trillion against N1.6 trillion last year, comprising N1.03 trillion capital and N750.6 billion recurrent expenditure. The oil-rich region spent N949 billion on capital projects and N579 billion on recurrent in 2016.

The south-south region has a total budget of N1.77 trillion against N1.6 trillion last year, comprising N1.03 trillion capital and N750.6 billion recurrent expenditure. The oil-rich region spent N949 billion on capital projects and N579 billion on recurrent in 2016.

The southeast’s total budget this year is N581.2 billion, about N90 billion increase from previous year’s N490 billion. It is made up of N324 billion capital and N257.3 billion recurrent votes; which is slightly higher than last year’s N242 billion and N248 billion respectively.

Huge recurrent expenses
The seven states with swollen recurrent expenses are Plateau, where Governor Samuel Lalong budgeted N68.5 billion for recurrent, leaving N64.3 billion for capital.

Osun State Governor Abdulrauf Aregbesola budgeted N138.2, allocating N75.8 billion for recurrent and N62.4 billion for capital votes.

Another state in this league is Nasarawa, where Governor Tanko Al-Makura, budgeted N67 billion, out of which N37 billion is for recurrent and N30 billion for capital expenditure.

In Yobe, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam budgeted N69 billion for the year, setting aside N42 billion for recurrent spending and N27 billion for capital projects. Governor Ayodele Fayose’s Ekiti State also has a higher recurrent vote, standing at N55.6 billion out of N94 billion, leaving N38.4 billion for capital expenditure.

Abia State votes N103 billion, setting aside N57.4 billion for recurrent and N45.1 billion for capital spending.

Among the oil-rich states, only Bayelsa and Delta’s recurrent budgets exceeded their capital votes. Of the N271 billion Delta expenditure, N152 billion is for recurrent and N119 billion for capital expenses.

Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson budgeted N221 billion for the year. Recurrent vote will consume N137 billion, leaving N84.3 billion for capital spending.

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

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Herbert Wigwe Wins Banker of the Year at African Banker Awards 2021

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Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, has won African Banker of the Year at the just concluded African Banker Award 2021.

The CEO won for the second consecutive year following series of creative acquisitions and continental strategies deployed at deepening banking transactions in Africa.

Through his strategic move, Access Bank is now present in South Africa following its acquisition of Grobank. As a result of its rapid growth in the last decade, Access Bank has become one of the largest retail banks in Africa with over 40 million customers.

Below is a Complete List of African Banker Award Winners 

Sustainable bank of the year
Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt

Infrastructure deal of the year
Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway $1.46bn loan facility
Nedbank | Standard Chartered | TDB

Deal of the year – Equity
Privatisation of Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Ltd
FBNQuest

Deal of the year – Debt
African Export-Import Bank, COVID-19 Support Facility
MUFG Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Award for financial inclusion
Trust Merchant Bank, DRC

African Banker Icon
Charlie Robertson, Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

Finance Minister of the year
H.E Mohammed Benchaâboun, Minister for Economy and Finance, Morocco

Award for Innovation for Financial Services
Bank of Industry, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme

Energy deal of the year
Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant in Malawi / 7.5 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Burundi
African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)

Agriculture deal of the year
USD 400m Revolving Trade Finance Facility in favour of ETC Group
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

African SME Bank of the Year
Ecobank

Best Regional Bank in Africa
North: Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
West: Banque de Développement du Mali
East: Equity Bank, Kenya
Central: BGFI, Gabon
Southern: Mozabanco, Mozambique

Investment Bank of the Year
ABSA

Central Bank Governor of the Year
H.E. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor Reserve Bank of South Africa

Lifetime Achievement
Felix Bikpo

African Bank of the Year
Standard Bank Group

African Banker of the Year
Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO, Access Bank

For more on the African Banker Awards, please visit: www.africanbankerawards.comAfr

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Innovation and Resilience Common Themes Amongst Winners of African Banker Awards 2021

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Winners of the 2021 edition of the African Banker Awards were announced today at a virtual awards ceremony. The Awards, since 2013, are held during the Annual meetings of the African Development Bank, the event’s High patron, which are taking place also virtually between 23rd and 25th June.

The Awards have become the most respected and recognised industry event celebrating African banking achievements. The organisers this year put an emphasis to recognise and reward institutions that contributed to the real economy which has suffered from the impact of Covid-19 as well as contributed to women empowerment on the continent.

Herbert Wigwe won for the second consecutive year African Banker of the Year. Access Bank is now present in South Africa following its acquisition of Grobank. As a result of its rapid growth the last decade, Access Bank has become one of the largest retail banks in Africa with over 40 million customers.

Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohammed Benchaâboun, won Finance Minister of the Year. He was recognised for the exceptional work of his ministry which coordinated an exemplary response to the economic impact from the crisis, helping to protect both lives and livelihoods. The fiscal stimulus provided has cushioned the impact of the pandemic. The ministry managed to crowd in both public and private sector resources that were used to support the most needy.

Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa, was awarded the Central Bank Governor of the year. Under his leadership, the Reserve Bank has managed to act decisively but also, the Committee noted, in a measured way, managing both upside and downside risk.

Felix Bikpo earned the Life Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career. When asked for his outlook on the future of the continent, he remained upbeat saying technological developments and also the human capabilities that we have developed in Africa are cause for optimism.

Charlie Robertson, chief economist at international investment bank Renaissance Capital won the African Banker icon category. In his remarks he noted that it was important to drive up savings rates to help spur greater investments on the continent, if Africa is to replicate the Asian miracle.

Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher of African Banker said: “I was really impressed by the entries this year. It showed that the banking sector is healthy and resilient which will be critical if it is to support the economic recovery post-COVID. What will be fundamental to our recovery is the support of the real economy, especially SMEs, and also a focus on more equity investments and investments in general. For that, as our African Banker Icon suggested, we will also need to increase our savings rate across the continent. If I had one comment on the winners, it was dominated by men this year. However I should add that the institutions that were recognised in our ceremony all had strong gender programmes, both in terms of supporting women-led businesses but also strong programmes to promote women and have women leaders within their organisations.”

This year the Awards were sponsored by the African Guarantee Fund, Bank of Industry (Nigeria), Banque du Développement du Mali and technology partner TagPay.

THE 2021 AFRICAN BANKER AWARD WINNERS 

Sustainable bank of the year
Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt

Infrastructure deal of the year
Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway $1.46bn loan facility
Nedbank | Standard Chartered | TDB

Deal of the year – Equity
Privatisation of Afam Power Plc and Afam Three Fast Power Ltd
FBNQuest

Deal of the year – Debt
African Export-Import Bank, COVID-19 Support Facility
MUFG Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Award for financial inclusion
Trust Merchant Bank, DRC

African Banker Icon
Charlie Robertson, Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

Finance Minister of the year
H.E Mohammed Benchaâboun, Minister for Economy and Finance, Morocco

Award for Innovation for Financial Services
Bank of Industry, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme

Energy deal of the year
Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant in Malawi / 7.5 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Burundi
African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)

Agriculture deal of the year
USD 400m Revolving Trade Finance Facility in favour of ETC Group
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

African SME Bank of the Year
Ecobank

Best Regional Bank in Africa
North: Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
West: Banque de Développement du Mali
East: Equity Bank, Kenya
Central: BGFI, Gabon
Southern: Mozabanco, Mozambique

Investment Bank of the Year
ABSA

Central Bank Governor of the Year
H.E. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor Reserve Bank of South Africa

Lifetime Achievement
Felix Bikpo

African Bank of the Year
Standard Bank Group

African Banker of the Year
Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO, Access Bank

For more on the African Banker Awards, please visit: www.africanbankerawards.com

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Standard Bank Group to Bring Together Over 600 delegates in Search For Africa’s Next Phase of Growth

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Standard Bank Group is bringing together international investors, policymakers and top African corporates to look ahead to the opportunities in a growing Africa. The 11th Africa Investors’ Conference (AIC), held in collaboration with ICBC Standard Bank, is being held over 5 days from 21-25 June.

Standard Bank Group has partnered with Microsoft to power the conference’s virtual format, using the Teams platform to host over 3,000 meetings between African corporates and institutional investors over the five-day period. Attendees will hear a keynote address from Samer Abu-Ltaif, Corporate Vice President and President, Microsoft MEA, on why Africa’s speedy adoption of tech will help to drive growth on the continent.

Continuing on from the successful approach pioneered at last year’s conference, the virtual format enables record numbers of individuals to participate. In 2020, a total of over 2,800 meetings which attracted over 40 corporates were facilitated. This year is set to be the biggest yet, with at least 25 percent more African corporates confirmed to attend.

Further enhanced by the attendance of some of Africa’s leading policymakers and speakers from prominent organisations in Africa and globally, the agenda-setting conference provides a virtual platform for equity investors such as AIG, Jefferies and JP Morgan to meet in select groups and identify investment opportunities with some of the continent’s most successful corporates, including Nampak, MTN, Anglo American Platform, Liberty Holdings and many more.

Key insights will be delivered during the conference’s flagship plenary sessions which will feature His Excellency, the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia, Dr. Vera Songwe, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Lesetja Kganyago, Governor, South African Reserve Bank and Standard Bank Group CEO Sim Tshabalala.

With the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in mind, this year’s conference is distinctly forward looking, and will track the opportunities on offer to investors and corporates under the themes of Africa’s People, Progress and Potential. Topics to be covered will range from digital infrastructure, sustainable technology advances, the African Continental Free-Trade Area (AfCFTA), specific opportunities within Mozambique, Ghana and South Africa, as well as economic overviews for many African countries.

The policymaker country sessions will cover the latest monetary and fiscal policy reforms while the thought-leadership sessions will cover countries, sectors, current issues and trends to showcase the opportunity for investment and growth across Africa.

“Despite the trying and unique circumstances last year, we were able to bring together a wealth of policymakers, corporates and investors committed to the long-term prosperity of Africa. We are confident of similarly strong engagement this year and looking forward to facilitating productive conversations regarding the investment opportunities across the continent,” says Kenny Fihla, CEO of Wholesale Clients, Standard Bank Group.

The conference will highlight the rapid acceleration of Africa’s fintech capabilities. Managing Director of Zeepay, Andrew Takyi-Appiah, and Tony van den Berge, Managing Director EMEA Emerging Markets, Amazon Web Services, will deliver insights on the technological growth of Ghana and South Africa.

This year’s event is the first since the ratification of the AfCFTA. Representatives from Standard Bank Group, the United Nations and leading African corporates will join a session analysing the transformative effect the AfCFTA will have on intra-Africa trade and the long-term prosperity of the continent.

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