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Fidelity Bank Disburses N2.3bn SMEs’ Funds to 202 Customers

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  • Fidelity Bank Disburses N2.3bn SMEs’ Funds to 202 Customers

Fidelity Bank Plc has said it disbursed about N2.3 billion of SMEs funds to 102 customers, out of which about N400 million had been repaid so far.

The Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo also said contrary to popular beliefs, bad loans in their bank are not usually caused by SMEs, just as he stated that the bank’s customers are always regarded as kings in their establishment.

Okonkwo made the disclosure in Owerri, the Imo State capital at the Fidelity Bank Customer Forum recently.

He explained that Fidelity Bank was passionate about supporting businesses to succeed just as he apologised to customers for any inconveniences they experience banking with them.

Okonkwo said that soon, the Central Bank of Nigeria will enforce the cashless policy throughout Nigeria, just as he admonished customers to adopt the electronic banking platform.

He disclosed that the North-eastern part of the country ranks among the highest zone in electronic banking adoption, explaining that because of insurgency and security threats, customers there prefer to use online banking options to keep themselves and their money safe.

He however appealed to people to sustain speaking and writing of Igbo language which he described as a heritage noting that many Igbos have become so westernized and are losing their identity.

Chairman of the bank, Mr Ernest Ebi described the interaction as timely and impactful as it has educated them on the interests and challenges of their customers, saying it will spur them to improve their services.

While the Executive Director South (ED South), Mrs. Aku Odinkenmele said the complaints have been noted but explained that the banking sector is one of those strictly regulated.

Different customers who included the Chief Executive Officer of ABC Transport, Mr. Frank Nneji; Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Ugonna Ozuruigbo; Imo Minority Leader, Hon Kenneth Agbim; Traditional Ruler of Awo Idemili community, Eze Innocent; seasoned Journalist, Chief Chidi Nkwopara amongst others called for better services and Saturday banking to help secure funds.

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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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