- 13 States Attract N1.9tn Investments in Three Months
Thirteen states, including the Federal Capital Territory, attracted the sum of $5.3bn (N1.9tn) investments in the last quarter of 2017, investigation by our correspondent revealed on Friday.
The investments made in 22 different sectors of the economy from October to December 2017, it was gathered, were the fallout of the new initiatives of government particularly in the area of ease of doing business.
Based on the government’s official statistics, the FCT attracted the highest investment inflow with the sum of $2.68bn.
This is about 49 per cent of the entire investment inflow into the country during the three-month period.
Lagos State followed closely with $2.54bn investment, representing 47.2 per cent of the total investments into the country.
Akwa Ibom recorded an investment inflow of $124.84m; Ogun, $8.79m; Oyo, $7.03m; Delta, $5.69m; and Anambra, $3.77m.
Similarly, Enugu attracted a total investment of $644,890; Kogi, $500,000; Kano, $483,970; Bauchi, $425,000; Rivers, $384,817; and Kaduna, $89,975.
The sectors where the $5.3bn was invested are agriculture, $62.65m; banking, $543.37m; brewing, $2.3m; construction, $92.7m; consultancy, $2.06m; drilling, $0.3m; and electrical, $5.1m.
Others are financing, $122.68m; fishing, $99.4m; information Technology, $8.45m; marketing, $0.48m; oil and gas, $23.83m; production, $317.8m; and servicing, $216.45m.
The rest are hotels, $0.3m; telecoms, $191.01m; tanning, $0.52m; trading, $12.96m; transport, $0.55m; and shares, $3.68bn.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said the huge amount, which the Federal Government was spending on infrastructure projects across the country was attracting fresh investments into the country.
She said this when a delegation of about 20 investors visited him at the headquarters of the ministry to discuss investment opportunities in Nigeria.
Adeosun told the delegation led by a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, that in 2017 alone, the sum of N1.2tn was released by the ministry for implementation of capital projects.
She added that the ministry was ready to make such huge release this year once the 2018 budget currently before the National Assembly was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said part of the cardinal focus of the administration of President Buhari was to address the infrastructure deficit in the country.
This, she added, would be achieved through targeted spending at projects that would unlock the economic potential of the country.
She described the level of interest from foreign investors in the Nigerian economy as huge, adding that very soon, these interests would translate into massive investments that would create jobs and reduce the nation’s poverty level.
Adeosun said, “It’s a great time for investors to be in Nigeria. For us, it’s a better time now than last year because finally, we think that we are beginning to address through deliberate policies some of the most stubborn problems that have held back Nigeria’s growth.
“We’ve gone through very difficult adjustments but we are seeing that the macroeconomic fundamentals are much more positive and the outlook is that they will remain positive.
“The good news is that we have actually begun to take steps in terms of reducing our (oil) benchmark price by keeping it low, allowing us to rebuild some buffers.
“Our budget is predicated on lower oil price, and for me, we are focusing on revenue because we think that is the missing part of the Nigeria jig-saw.”
She said the economy had started seeing the impact of the expanded budget of the Federal Government with massive investment in power, road and rail.
“Our commitment in solving the infrastructure challenges in Nigeria is firm because we think that is what will unlock growth in agriculture and solid minerals and make us to move away from our over-reliance on oil,” the minister added.
Usman gave some of the sectors where these investors were interested in as power, manufacturing, agriculture, solid minerals, among others.
Scarcity of Naira Worsens at Nigerian Banks as Customers Shun Cash Deposits
Since the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced the extension of deadline for return of the old naira notes, checks by Investors King has revealed that most Nigerians have refused to deposit money in the banks.
This development was said to have been triggered by the low circulation of the resigned N1000, N500 and N200 naira notes and inability of the nation’s commercial banks to load their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) with the new notes.
Investors King had reported that CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele had directed commercial banks to ensure they load there ATMs with the new notes.
However, banks have not lived up to expectations even as reports of naira racketeering rock the financial institutions.
Most ATMs have been witnessing crowds as customers fight their way out on long queues to withdraw cash.
At various banking halls across the country, activities of financial transactions have decelerated drastically as customers complain of lack of cash.
While most banking halls were desolated as a result of paucity of funds in bank vaults, the few banks that were said to be preparing to load their ATMs were beseiged by frustrated customers, mostly operators of Pont of Sales (PoS).
Customers who visited bank counters to withdraw cash said they were given lower denominations such as N5, N10 and N20.
A bank official disclosed that the CBN had restricted commercial banks from to paying denominations lower than N200 notes owing to scarcity of new notes and to also discourage the spending of the larger denominations.
Confirming lack of cash to pay customers, the Chairman of the National Association of Microfinance Banks, Osun State chapter, Tunde Lawal, said the situation has led to the collapse in operations of many of the banks.
There was confusion at a microfinance bank in Osogbo early Thursday when some aggrieved customers threatened protest as bank officials flee. They had claimed that the bank was not attending to them.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have started monitoring the cash disbursement exercise in Bauchi State as the agency noted that the operation would spread across the country.
The joint taskforce comprising operatives of the ICPC and its sister anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and some officials of the apex bank was said to have been necessitated following reports of hawking of the new notes by black marketers.
The Lagos and Ondo States Chambers of Commerce, Industry have said the implementation of the new naira policy introduced by the CBN was designed to run micro small and medium enterprises and the common man out of business.
The spokesperson for the agency, Adeboro Onibalusi said the new policy has caused hardship for Nigerian Masses especially micro small and medium enterprises operators.
In a statement signed by the chambers’ Director-General, Chinyere Almona, the Lagos chapter noted that the CBN’s inability to properly plan and implement the phasing out of old naira notes has caused serious strain on many businesses.
Kuda Bank Says Customer Deposits Are Safe Despite Mobile App Issues
The fintech company assured that the application glitches will soon be fixed and customers will gain access to their money again.
Kuda Bank, a leading digital microfinance bank, has said there is no cause for alarm as their customers’ money is safe despite the mobile application issues.
The fintech company operating in Nigeria further assured that the application glitches will soon be fixed and customers will gain access to their money again.
Investors King gathered that currently, users of Kuda are having difficulties in accessing the bank app. Some have bitterly complained that their account balance reads zero despite having money in the account.
The Kuda bank management has, however, responded to the complaints by its customers through its official Twitter handle.
The digital bank admitted that the application was having issues and apologised to its customers for their inability to access their money or use the application adequately.
It stated that the company is aware of the mobile app malfunctioning, as well as the zero account balance error.
According to its statement, work is ongoing to rectify the issue and when properly completed, customers will be alerted. It stressed that their money has not been tampered with and the glitch will soon be resolved.
The company’s response on its Twitter handle, @joinkuda reads, “We are sorry that you still haven’t been able to use your Kuda app.
“We are working with our cloud services provider to sort out the downtime, and we will let you know when it’s been fixed. Your money remains safe and you will be able to access it as soon as services are restored.
“We know that the ₦0.00 balance error reported by several people is worrying but we assure you that it’s just what the app is displaying because of the downtime, not the amount of money you actually have. We will keep sharing updates as we make progress.”
Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate For Today 2nd February 2023
This online business news platform has obtained the official dollar to naira exchange rate in Nigeria today including the Black Market rates, Bureau De Change (BDC) rate, and CBN rates.
Note that the exchange rate changes hourly.… it depends on the volume of dollars available and the Demands. It means that…you can buy or sell 1 dollar at ₦745 and ₦750, and the price can change (high or low) within hours.
How Much Is Black Market Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today?
Dollar to naira exchange rate today black market (Aboki dollar rate):
Investors King understands that the exchange rate for a dollar to naira at Lagos Parallel Market (Black Market) players buy a dollar for N750 and sell at N755 as of the time of filing this report.
|Dollar to Naira (USD to NGN)||Black Market Exchange Rate Today|
The local currency opened at N755.00 per $1 at the parallel market otherwise known as the black market today Thursday, 2nd February 2023, in Lagos Nigeria, after it closed at N750 per $1 on Wednesday, 1st February 2023.
Even though the dollar to naira opened in the parallel market at N755 per $1 today, Investors King reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not recognize the parallel market, otherwise known as the black market. The apex bank has therefore directed anyone who requires forex to approach their bank, insisting that the I&E window is the only known exchange.
Investors King reports that in the black market, the players buy a dollar for N750 and sell for N755 on Thursday morning, February 2, 2023, after they purchased N745 and sold for N750 on Wednesday, 1st February 2023.
Meanwhile, Investors King reports that the USD started this week at ₦755 in Parallel Market also known as Black Market after it opened at ₦757 last week Monday, January 23, 2023.
Factors Influencing Foreign Exchange Rates
Here are some of the causes of the dwindling dollar to naira exchange rate.
Inflation Rates: It is well known that inflation directly impacts black market exchange rates. If the Nigerian economy can be stabilized and inflation is controlled, the naira will benefit; however, if the naira continues to fall, it may indicate that food and other necessities are becoming more expensive daily.
Interest Rates: Another tool to keep an eye on is interest rates. If the interest rate at which banks lend money rises, it would harm the economy, causing it to contract and, as a result, the value of the naira to fall.
Government Debt: National debt can impact investor confidence and, as a result, the influx of funds into the economy. If inflows are high, the naira exchange rate will rise in favour of the naira.
Speculators: Speculators frequently impact the naira-to-dollar exchange rate. They stockpile money in anticipation of a gain, causing the naira to plummet even lower.
Conditions of Trade: Favorable trade terms will increase the value of the naira to the dollar, although Nigeria is currently experiencing a trade deficit. Everything comes from China, India, and the majority of Asian countries.
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