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Adeosun: Nigerian Economy Not Structured to Meet Demographic Needs



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  • Adeosun: Nigerian Economy Not Structured to Meet Demographic Needs

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has said the Nigerian economy is not structured to meet demographic needs of the various sectors of the economy, insisting that the oil model-based economy on which the economy was structured, has failed the country, because it never worked.

Adeosun who spoke thursday on the state of the economy said since the oil-based economy is not working for the county, what is needed is a medium term strategy that would drive infrastructure development across all sectors of the economy.

“We are carrying out a product-based approach and there are growth drivers in the economy like agriculture that we can build upon as a country. We have huge potentials in solid minerals and we have to stop illegal mining,” she said.

She explained that the customs authority was already working with state governments to stop illegal mining, and that government is committed to keeping the economy on track.

Addressing the issue of recession that almost crippled the Nigerian economy, Adeosun said government knew that recession would not last for long because it was a phase thing that crept into the economy and must also go away.

She said government has spent so much on infrastructure to drive the economy and that the strategy helped in no small measure in bringing the country out of recession.

“Going into recession is something government had regret for, but there are interventions in agriculture and in other sectors of the economy and government is realistic about the planned 0.55 per cent growth,” minister said, adding that government sees more opportunities in every sector to drive infrastructure.

On the issue of unemployment, the minister said it started long ago, but that what was important for us as a nation is for government to look inwards and proffer solutions to address our challenges.

According to the minister, “Our growth as a nation has been declining for a number of years and this oil economy model will not work for Nigeria. Government will continue to build on infrastructure because infrastructure will drive every sector of the economy, including agriculture, to provide more jobs for our youths.”

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.


OPEC Agrees to Increase Oil Supply by 500,000 Barrels Per Day Ahead of Surge in Demand



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OPEC and allies finally agreed to ease their 7.7 million barrels per day production cut by 500,000 barrels per day starting from January 2021.

This will now bring the oil cartel’s total production cuts to 7.2 million barrels per day starting from next year.

Oil prices rose after the news as the market believed the approval of Pfizer COVID-19 in the United Kingdom will kick start a series of approvals and helped restore confidence, increase business activities and demand for the commodity across the globe.

After the outcome of the meeting was made public on Thursday, Brent Crude Oil against which Nigerian oil is priced gained 1.35 percent on Friday after gaining 1.4 percent on Thursday to $49.37 per barrel at 11.35 am Nigerian time on Friday.

The US West Texas Intermediate gained 1.29 percent to $46.23 barrel on Friday.

500,000 bpd from January is not the nightmare scenario that the market feared, but it is not what was really expected weeks ago,” said Rystad Energy senior oil markets analyst Paola Rodriguez Masiu. “Markets are now reacting positively and prices are recording a small increase as 500,000 of extra supply is not deadly for balances,” she added.

Investors King increased business sentiment in the energy sector to boost investment, increase activity in the sector and most important improve crude oil demand enough to accommodate the 500,000 barrels per day extra that would be hitting the global market starting from January.

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Communities in Delta State Shut OML30 Operates by Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd




The OML30 operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in Delta State has been shut down by the host communities for failing to meet its obligations to the 112 host communities.

The host communities, led by its Management Committee/President Generals, had accused the company of gross indifference and failure in its obligations to the host communities despite several meetings and calls to ensure a peaceful resolution.

The station with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day and eight flow stations operates within the Ughelli area of Delta State.

The host communities specifically accused HEOSL of failure to pay the GMOU fund for the last two years despite mediation by the Delta State Government on May 18, 2020.

Also, the host communities accused HEOSL of ‘total stoppage of scholarship award and payment to host communities since 2016’.

The Chairman, Dr Harrison Oboghor and Secretary, Mr Ibuje Joseph that led the OML30 host communities explained to journalists on Monday that the host communities had resolved not to backpedal until all their demands were met.

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Crude Oil Recovers from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins



Oil Prices Recover from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins

Crude oil prices rose with other financial markets on Monday following a 4 percent decline on Friday.

This was after Joe Biden, the former Vice-President and now the President-elect won the race to the White House.

Global benchmark oil, Brent crude oil, gained $1.06 or 2.7 percent to $40.51 per barrel on Monday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained $1.07 or 2.9 percent to $38.21 per barrel.

On Friday, Brent crude oil declined by 4 percent as global uncertainty surged amid unclear US election and a series of negative comments from President Trump. However, on Saturday when it became clear that Joe Biden has won, global financial markets rebounded in anticipation of additional stimulus given Biden’s position on economic growth and recovery.

Trading this morning has a risk-on flavor, reflecting increasing confidence that Joe Biden will occupy the White House, but the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.

“The outcome is ideal from a market point of view. Neither party controls the Congress, so both trade wars and higher taxes are largely off the agenda.”

The president-elect and his team are now working on mitigating the risk of COVID-19, grow the world’s largest economy by protecting small businesses and the middle class that is the backbone of the American economy.

There will be some repercussions further down the road,” said OCBC’s economist Howie Lee, raising the possibility of lockdowns in the United States under Biden.

“Either you’re crimping energy demand or consumption behavior.”

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