- Nigeria Targets N945bn Revenue from Non-oil Sector in 2018
The Federal Government plans to raise the sum of $3.1bn (N945.5bn) from the country’s non-oil export sector through value addition from 11 agricultural products.
Details of the projected revenue from the exportation of these products are contained in a document prepared by the National Committee on Export Promotion.
The document is the implementation framework, which the committee, had prepared to stimulate non-oil exports.
The 13-member committee, chaired by the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru, was constituted with the approval of the National Economic Council.
Its major task is to help identify ways to achieve the zero oil plan initiative of the government that seeks to replace oil as the major source of foreign exchange earner.
According to the implementation framework, which was obtained by our correspondent on Friday in Abuja, about 11 agricultural products have been picked to generate the N945.5bn revenue for the government.
The products are sesame, where the government is targeting to generate $500m (N152.5bn) through exports from the current $200m (N61bn); cashew, $500m (N152.5bn) from the current $150m (N45.75bn); tomato, $250m (N76.25bn); and oranges, $250m (N76.25bn).
Others are cassava, $250m (N76.25bn) from the current export value of $2m (N610m); spices, $250m (N76.25bn) from the current value of $30m (N9.15bn); ginger, $100m (N30.5bn) from $30m (N9.15bn); Shea butter, $100m (N30.5bn) from its current export value of $5m (N1.52bn).
The rest are cowpea, $100m (N30.5bn); banana and plantain, $250m (N76.25bn) and cement and clinker, $500m (N152.5bn).
Speaking on the committee’s assignment, Badaru called on all state ministries of agriculture to support farmers to produce competitively and qualitatively for the export market.
Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of the committee’s meeting, Badaru who is also the chairman of the committee, said exporting agricultural produce would shift the nation’s focus from oil and improve the economy enormously.
He said, “I believe that in the next growing season things will start improving because we are talking to those that export mostly agriculture products.
“At this time, we are putting all machinery in motion to make sure that the production is improved, the quality is improved and the bottleneck in exporting is reduced.’’
He said the issue of quality would be taken seriously by all the standards regulatory agencies in the country, noting that this would help to reduce the rate of rejection of products exported from Nigeria
He said that the bottleneck experienced by exporters at the nation’s ports and the high cost of transportation would be soon addressed.
He said the committee was discussing with rail transporters to see how transportation of farm produce could improve strategically.
The Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr. Segun Awolowo, said some of the problems Nigerian exporters faced were poor standards and packaging for specific products.
He also said there were insufficient ties between diplomatic agenda and Nigeria’s exports.
He said that administrative procedures in the export process were also an issue.
Nigeria Earns Extra N318.4 Billion as Crude Oil Hits $67/Barrel
FG Generates Additional Income of N318.4 Billion as Crude Oil Hits $67/Barrel
The Federal Government earned an additional N318.36 billion in February following the surge in crude oil price above $60 per barrel.
Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, average $60 throughout the month of February.
In March, it rose to $67 per barrel.
According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s crude oil price was retained at $40 per barrel for 2021.
However, she said the nation is presently producing below its 2.5 million barrel per day capacity at 1.7mbpd. This, she said includes 300,000bpd condensates.
“Although Nigeria’s total production capacity is 2.5mbpd, current crude production is about 1.7mbpd, including about 300,000bpd of condensates, which indicates compliance with OPEC quota,” the finance minister stated.
Going by the number, Nigeria is producing 1.4mbpd of crude oil without condensates, but with an additional $20 revenue when compared to the $40 per barrel benchmark for the year. It means the Federal Government realised an additional income of N318.360 billion or $20 X 1.4mbpd X 30days in the month of February.
Crude oil jumped to $68.54 per barrel on Friday following OPEC+’s decision to role-over production cuts.
Nigeria, Morocco sign MOUs on Hydrocarbons, Others
The Federal Government and the Kingdom of Morocco have signed five strategic Memoranda of Understanding that will foster Nigerian-Morocco bilateral collaboration and promote the development of hydrocarbons, agriculture, and commerce in both countries.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, led the Nigerian delegation to the agreement signing ceremony on Tuesday at Marrakech, Morocco, while the Chief Executive Officer of OCP Africa, Mr Anouar Jamali, signed for the Kingdom of Morocco, according to a statement by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.
Under the agreement between OCP, NSIA and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigeria will import phosphate from the Kingdom of Morocco and use it to produce blended fertiliser for the local market and export.
The statement said Nigeria would also produce ammonia and export to Morocco.
“As part of the project, the Nigerian Government plans to establish an ammonia plant at Akwa Ibom State,” it said.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, and the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, were part of the delegation and they confirmed that their organisations would take equity in the ammonia plant when the Final Investment Decision would be taken, the statement said.
Sylva said the project would broaden economic opportunities for the two nations and improve the wellbeing of the people.
He added that the project would also positively impact agriculture, stimulate the growth of gas-based industries and lead to massive job creation.
He said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had mandated the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and it agencies and other government agencies to give maximum support for the project.
“He mandated me to ensure that at least the first phase of this project is commissioned before the expiration of his second term in office in 2023,” he added.
According to the statement, the MOUs were for the support of the second phase of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative; Shareholders Agreement for the creation of the joint venture company to develop the multipurpose industrial platform and MOU for equity investment by the NNPC in the joint venture and support of the gas.
Other agreements are term sheet for gas sales and aggregation agreement and MOU for land acquisition and administrative facilitation to the establishment of the multipurpose industrial platform for gas sales and aggregation agreement.
The NCDMB boss described the bilateral agreement as significant to the Nigerian economy as it would accelerate Nigeria’s gas monetisation programme through establishment of the ammonia plant in the country.
The agreement would also improve Nigeria’s per capita fertiliser application through importation of phosphate derivatives from Morocco, he added.
Wabote challenged the relevant parties to focus on accelerating the FID, assuring them that the NCDMB would take equity investment for long-term sustainability of the project.
He canvassed for the setting up of a project management oversight structure to ensure project requirements and timelines are met.
“There is also need to determine manpower needs for construction and operations phase of the project and develop training programmes that will create the workforce pool from Nigeria and Morocco and design collaboration framework between research centres in Nigeria and Morocco to develop technology solutions for maintaining the ISBL and OSBL units of the Ammonia complex,” he said.
Dangote Fertiliser Plant to Commence Shipment of Urea in March 2021
Dangote to Sells Petrol in Naira, Plans to Commence Urea Shipment in March 2021
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has said Dangote Fertiliser Plant will commence shipment of Urea in March 2021.
The CBN governor disclosed this during an inspection tour of the sites of Dangote Refinery, Petrochemicals Complex Fertiliser Plant and Subsea Gas Pipeline at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos on Saturday.
Emefiele further stated that Dangote Refinery would sell refined petroleum products in Naira when it starts production.
This he said would save the country from spending 41 percent of the nation’s foreign exchange on importation of petroleum products yearly.
“Based on agreement and discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the oil companies, the Dangote Refinery can buy its crude in naira, refine it, and produce it for Nigerians’ use in naira,” Mr Emefiele said.
“That is the element where foreign exchange is saved for the country becomes very clear. We are also very optimistic that by refining this product here in Nigeria, all those costs associated with either demurrage from import, costs associated with freight will be totally eliminated.”
Emefiele explained that this will make the price of Nigeria’s petroleum products affordable and cheaper in naira.
“If we are lucky that what the refinery produces is more than we need locally you will see Nigerian businessmen buying small vessels to take them to our West African neighbours to sell to them in naira.
“This will increase our volume in naira and help to push it into the Economic Community of West African States as a currency,” Mr Emefiele said.
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