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Lagos Pays N141bn to Bond Subscribers

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  • Lagos Pays N141bn to Bond Subscribers

The Lagos State Government Tuesday disclosed that it had paid a total sum of N141.59 billion to bondholders in its various fixed rate bond programmes.

The bonds are the Lagos State N80 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 1 floated in 2012 with a maturity date of 2013; N87.5 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 2 floated in 2013 with a maturity date of 2020 and N47 billion fixed rate programme 3, series 1 floated in 2016 with a maturity date of 2023.

The figures were revealed on Tuesday at the fifth annual general meeting (AGM) between the state government and bond holders held in Lagos.

In the N80 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 1 bond, the state government as at September 2017 had paid N76.17 billion to bond holders out of the N97.43 billion it contributed to the bond, leaving a balance of N30.34 billion invested in fixed income and treasury bills.

In the N87.5 billion fixed rate programme 2, Series 2 bond, the sum of N61.44 billion was paid to bond holders out of the N75.91 billion contributed by government, leaving a balance of N18.49 billion invested in fixed income and treasury bills.

In the N47 billion fixed rate programme 3, Series 1 bond floated last year, the sum of N3.9 billion had been paid to bond holders out of the N4.2 billion contributed by the government as at September 2017, leaving a balance of N229.7 million which had been invested in fixed income and treasury bills.

After the meeting, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade disclosed that the various bonds had been used to upscale infrastructure development in the state in the areas of roads and bridges construction, water, transportation, health and waterfront infrastructural development.

According to him, $50 billion was needed to address infrastructure deficits in the state, which he said, was part of the reasons the government floated bonds to bridge the gap. Over time, two bridges had been constructed with the proceeds from the bonds while major infrastructure projects were upgraded across the metropolis.

Ashade said the state government was committed to uplifting its debt ratings and would borrow at reduced rate, saying that in the coming year, government was going to invest massively in projects.

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Federal Government Clears $120m Debt to Gas Companies Amid Nigeria’s Power Crisis

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Amidst Nigeria’s persistent power crisis, the Federal Government has taken a pivotal step forward by clearing a significant portion of its debt to gas companies.

A sum of $120 million has been paid out of the country’s $1.3 billion indebtedness to gas suppliers, offering a glimmer of hope for improved energy stability across the nation.

The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, underscored the critical role of gas in power generation and highlighted how the mounting debts had severely hampered gas supply to electricity-generating companies, exacerbating the country’s electricity shortfall.

Nigeria heavily relies on thermal power plants fueled by gas for over 70% of its electricity needs, making the timely settlement of gas debts paramount for enhancing power generation capacity and addressing the nation’s energy deficit.

Addressing delegates at the 7th Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, the Director of the Decade of Gas Secretariat, Ed Ubong, expressed optimism about the government’s progress in offsetting its financial obligations to gas producers.

He emphasized the importance of aligning gas and power sectors to foster sustainable energy solutions.

As Nigeria grapples with the multifaceted challenges plaguing its energy landscape, the government’s commitment to settling outstanding gas debts marks a pivotal stride towards revitalizing the country’s power infrastructure and ensuring reliable electricity access for its citizens.

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Nigeria Insurance Corporation Reimburses Depositors of 179 Closed Microfinance and Four Mortgage Banks

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The Nigeria Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has announced the successful reimbursement of depositors affected by the closure of 179 microfinance banks and four mortgage banks across the country.

The reassuring news came during the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair, where NDIC’s Managing Director, Dr. Bello Hassan, explained the corporation’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding depositors’ funds amidst financial uncertainties.

Dr. Hassan, represented by Hauwa Gambo, the NDIC’s Deputy Director of Communication, highlighted the corporation’s proactive measures in protecting the interests of depositors.

The introduction of the Single Customer View framework has expedited the process of reimbursing depositors of liquidated banks, ensuring swift and transparent transactions.

The corporation’s collaboration with the judiciary has yielded positive results, facilitating the speedy prosecution of failed insured banks and resolving long-standing cases of bank liquidations like Fortune and Triumph Banks.

This concerted effort has significantly enhanced the debt recovery rate, enabling NDIC to declare full liquidation dividends to uninsured depositors of over 20 deposit money banks.

Furthermore, NDIC has embraced digital remote payment strategies, streamlining electronic funds transfers to verified depositors’ alternate bank accounts.

The introduction of the ‘Deposit Tracer’ initiative in partnership with mobile operators aims to address apathy among depositors with small balances, providing accessible avenues for claiming funds trapped in closed banks.

The initiatives underscore NDIC’s proactive stance in safeguarding depositors’ interests and ensuring financial stability in Nigeria’s banking sector.

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85.51 Million Nigerian Bank Customers Face Withdrawal Freeze Over NIN, BVN Deadline

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As the March 1 deadline looms, an estimated 85.51 million Nigerian bank customers are facing the possibility of frozen accounts due to their failure to link their National Identification Numbers (NINs) and/or Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs) to their accounts.

Recent findings reveal the potential scale of the impending banking crisis.

Data from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) indicates that Nigeria had approximately 146 million active individual bank customers as of December 2022.

However, by January 26, 2024, only 60.49 million BVNs were recorded on the NIBSS portal, leaving a significant portion unlinked.

Meanwhile, about 104 million NINs had been issued by December 2023, highlighting the disparity between NIN issuance and BVN linkage.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had earlier issued directives to banks, mandating them to restrict transactions on accounts lacking linked NINs and BVNs, with effect from March 1, 2024.

Any accounts found non-compliant risk being designated as ‘Post no Debit,’ rendering them unable to process further transactions.

Responding to the impending crisis, the Director-General of the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC), Abisoye Coker-Odusote, emphasized the need for the revalidation of Front-End Partners (FEPs) to ensure the integrity of the identity database.

She underscored the importance of NIN registration and urged collaboration with various stakeholders to expedite the process.

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, reiterated the significance of linking NINs to SIM cards to enhance national security.

Telecom subscribers were urged to comply with the NIN-SIM linkage directive to avoid service disruptions.

Meanwhile, financial service providers like Opay have issued reminders of the impending restrictions, urging customers to comply with the linkage requirements.

Amidst concerns, some customers contemplate transferring funds to compliant accounts to avoid potential financial setbacks.

As the deadline approaches, stakeholders are intensifying efforts to mitigate the impact of the impending banking crisis on millions of Nigerians.

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