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FG Approves N701bn Payment Guarantee for Power Firms

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola
  • FG Approves N701bn Payment Guarantee for Power Firms

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved N701bn payment assurance guarantee for any energy produced by the electricity generation companies through the Central Bank of Nigeria in order to strengthen the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc.

It also approved a short-term financing option for two ongoing projects, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Second Niger Bridge.

These were some of the decisions taken at the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, briefed journalists at the end of the meeting.

Fashola recalled that the council had a few weeks ago announced the approval for early works for the second Niger Bridge, which is a Public-Private Partnership initiative.

He added that some private agreements had been signed to build the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The minister said he briefed the council on the PPP status of the projects and presented options to the government.

He said the essence was that where those PPPs were having problems, the government must lead and finance the infrastructure, while continuing to engage the private sector.

Fashola said, “Government remains committed to having private participation in infrastructure renewal. But government as a matter of strategy thinks that it can continue until financial closures, agreements and all of that are put in place when PPPs become ready and viable to help deliver.

“So, it was a strategy memorandum. The conclusion essentially is that government is committed to doing short financing as much as possible and encouraging PPP as much as possible.”

He said the decision to approve payment guarantee for the NBET was meant to solve some of the liquidity problems, especially as they related to the government firm that buys power from the generation companies.

The minister said the liquidity problems that had characterised the market had affected the NBET’s ability to deliver on its PPP obligations through the generation companies.

Fashola stated, “In order to strengthen the NBET, the CBN is approving a payment assurance guarantee for any energy produced by any generation company so that they can pay their gas suppliers when they get paid in order for the hydro plants to continue to operate.

“What we seek to achieve here is to bring some stability to the production side of the power value chain and also give confidence to investors who want to come in, who are concerned about how to recover their money.”

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NLNG Boosts Cooking Gas Production to 1.5 Million Metric Tonnes Annually

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Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) has announced a significant milestone in its operations, boosting its annual production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly known as cooking gas, to over 1.5 million metric tonnes.

This surge in production underscores NLNG’s commitment to meeting the rising demand for clean cooking energy in Nigeria.

The entirety of NLNG’s 1.5 million tonnes production is now being sold domestically within Nigeria.

Moreover, the company has initiated a landmark shift by starting to supply LPG in naira, moving away from the traditional practice of trading in United States dollars.

This move aligns with calls from stakeholders in the oil and power sectors advocating for naira transactions, especially amidst the challenges posed by currency fluctuations.

During a panel session at the 7th Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, NLNG’s General Manager of Finance, Fatima Adanan, highlighted the company’s dedication to enhancing LPG penetration across the country.

Adanan emphasized NLNG’s vision to make Nigeria a better place by promoting the use of cleaner energy sources like gas.

While NLNG’s production surge is commendable, Adanan acknowledged that Nigeria’s LPG requirements surpass the current output, necessitating imports to bridge the gap.

However, NLNG remains committed to expanding its production capacity to meet the nation’s energy needs and drive increased adoption of LPG as a cleaner cooking fuel.

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CBN Raises Benchmark Interest Rate by 400 Basis Points to 22.75%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has raised the benchmark interest rate by 400 basis points to a record 22.75%.

The decision made by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) comes amidst rising inflationary pressures and growing uncertainty in Africa’s largest economy.

Nigeria’s inflation rate rose to 29.90% in January 2024, the highest in over two decades while the nation’s unemployment rate quickened to 5% in the third quarter of 2023. Suggesting that the rising costs have continued to drag on both new job creation and the existing ones.

This coupled with a series of policy adjustments implemented by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has plunged economic productivity and eroded consumer spending as citizens grapple with high fuel prices, electricity tariffs, a record-high foreign exchange rate, and insecurities.

Therefore, it is surprising that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) led by the CBN will further increase borrowing costs by 400 basis points at a time when job creation is paramount.

While the economy reportedly grew by 3.46% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2023 on the back of robust performance of the services sector, this growth is yet to crystalise as businesses and citizens have taken to the street protest against the harsh economic situation.

Economic experts have started questioning the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) given its lack of correlation between the data and economic reality.

 

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President Tinubu Unveils Geometric Power Plant in Aba After 20-Year Wait

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After two decades of anticipation, President Bola Tinubu, through his representative Vice President Kashim Shettima, inaugurated the long-awaited Geometric Power Plant in Aba, a significant milestone in the city’s quest for reliable electricity supply.

The event, which also saw the commissioning of three rehabilitated roads by Abia State Governor Alex Otti, symbolizes the culmination of years of perseverance and determination to transform Aba’s power landscape.

Addressing the audience, Vice President Shettima hailed the project as a testament to the power of visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to progress.

He said the Geometric Power Plant exemplifies the transformative impact of strategic infrastructure investments on local communities.

Governor Otti echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the importance of the power project in positioning Aba as a hub for national and international business ventures.

He commended the efforts of Geometric Power Limited while urging them to uphold transparency and avoid exploiting consumers.

The inauguration of the Geometric Power Plant comes amidst growing concerns over Nigeria’s power infrastructure and the need for sustainable solutions to address electricity shortages.

The project, with a capacity of 188MW, holds promise for significant improvements in power supply across Abia State, benefitting nine out of seventeen local government areas.

The Managing Director of Geometric Power Limited, Ben Caven, underscored the scale of investment involved, totaling $800 million.

He highlighted the comprehensive nature of the project, which includes the installation of new power substations and a 27km natural gas pipeline, signaling a comprehensive approach to enhancing Aba’s energy infrastructure.

In conclusion, the inauguration of the Geometric Power Plant represents a transformative moment for Aba, offering renewed hope for economic growth and prosperity powered by reliable electricity supply.

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