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Privatisation Attracted $7.8bn Investment in 18 Years – BPE

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  • Privatisation Attracted $7.8bn Investment in 18 Years – BPE

The Federal Government generated a total of $7.8bn Foreign Direct Investment from the sale of 53 publicly-owned companies in the last 18 years, the Bureau of Public Enterprises has said.

The Director-General, BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh, who stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, also ruled out the sale of the Nigerian LNG Limited.

Okoh, who said Nigeria could finance its development programme through privatisation instead of borrowing, stated that the privatisation agency handled the reform of 152 enterprises within a period of 18 years.

The BPE boss said two power firms, Afam Power Plc and Yola Electricity Distribution Company, would be sold between December this year and January 2019.

He noted that the privatisation of public enterprises was expected to contribute N400bn to the funding of the 2018 budget, but ruled out the sale of the NLNG as the company was paying the government huge dividends.

According to the BPE helmsman, about 36 per cent of the public enterprises that have been privatised have not been successful as a result of a number of reasons, including policy distortions and macroeconomic instability.

Okoh said, “From 1999 till date, the BPE has successfully reformed (by way of privatisation, commercialisation and, in some cases, concession) a total of 152 public enterprises.

“Through its privatisation and commercialisation programmes, the BPE has attained some broad milestones in the past 18 years.”

Speaking on the Afam Power Plc, Okoh stated, “With installed capacity of 976MW and a potential to immediately add about 110 megawatts to the national grid, this initiative will have a very positive effect on power generation.”

An attempt to privatise Afam Power Plc along with other power firms carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc failed, while the buyers of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company had declared force majeure in order to give up the running of the firm as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram terror group.

Okoh listed other public enterprises to be privatised to include the concession of the Terminal B of the Warri Old Port and the restructuring, recapitalisation and sale of the Bank of Agriculture.

Others are the partial commercialisation of the Nigerian Postal Services, partial commercialisation of four River Basin Authorities and the re-concession of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex.

Answering questions from journalists, Okoh said conflicts between the privatisation agency and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission were uncalled for as the law was clear on what each of the organisations should be doing.

He stated, “There is a difference between assets concession transaction management and concession regulation. Everybody should understand their roles and play them instead of causing confusion in the market.

“Infrastructure gaps in the country need $100bn to fix in the next 30 years. How can we attract investment to the market where there is confusion? Capital flows into economies where there are certainties.”

Answering question on the Aluminium Smelting Company of Nigeria, Okoh said although the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the core investor, the BFIG, the group could not make 10 per cent payment as required by the transaction process when the ALSCON was offered to it following the court ruling.

He gave an assurance that efforts were on to ensure that the company returned to operation very soon following a reversion to UC Rusal.

Asked to name the enterprises that could be sold instead of the government resorting to borrowing, Okoh said the refineries were among them, but added that it was good that the government was rehabilitating the plants so that they would not be sold as scraps.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Nigerian Investors Petitions Kenya Courts to Release Funds Held in Several Bank Accounts

2,000 Nigerian investors demanding the release of Ksh 1.44 billion ($1.8million) held by Safaricom and four other banks in Kenya.

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A petition has been made by more than 2,000 Nigerian investors demanding the release of Ksh 1.44 billion ($1.8million) held by Safaricom and four other banks in Kenya.

These investors claim that they were duped billions of shillings by a sports betting platform (86FB) that used Nigerian and African Fintech company Flutterwave to process payments.

Citing Kenya’s anti-money laundering laws, these investors are demanding that the sum of $12 million is split from the Ksh 6.6 B ($55 M) that was frozen in July in 62 bank accounts at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Equity Bank, Ecobank, and UBA Bank, as well as in 19 Safaricom paybill numbers.

The Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) was granted permission to freeze Ksh 5.17 B (USD 49 M) in 29 GTB accounts, with the remaining funds held in accounts at Equity and Ecobank in Kenyan Shillings, US Dollars, Euros, and British Pounds.

The large sums are alleged to be the proceeds of theft, credit card fraud, and money laundering that were wired under the guise of payments for goods and services.

One of the investors who identified himself as Morris Ebitimi Joseph claimed that he and other investors had filed a new lawsuit in Nigeria to seek the return of their funds.

They argued that a portion of the money belonged to them and have opposed the attempt to forfeit it to the Kenyan government which they claimed were fraudulent proceeds.

In his words, “I believe that the issuance of an order compelling Guaranty Trust Bank, Equity Bank, and Ecobank to deposit the sums excluded in the bank account of our advocates, justice shall be served to the 2,468 interested parties who were swindled of their hard-earned money through the scheme”.

Morris claimed that the investors put money into the investment scheme on the promise of better returns from the betting business, but however, never materialized.

Before the payments stopped, according to them, everything was fine for about six months. He also shared that after conducting research, he came to the conclusion that the operation was questionable, and now wants to join the case and help the court resolve the issue.

The Nigerian contingent is requesting the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), which declared in July that Flutterwave is not licensed in Kenya, to ask that the court issue an order directing Access Bank, Safaricom, and United Bank of Africa to deposit the excluded amount in the account of his attorneys.

“The claim made by the applicant/intended interested party represents the interest of 2,468 persons, thus occasioning monumental public interest.

Failure to expeditiously determine whether the application is in like fashion constitutes substantive and irreparable injustice,” Joseph says. He contends that there may be more people with an interest in the funds in addition to the 2,468 people who are requesting an injunction.

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AFDB, Others Invest $618 Million in Nigeria’s Digital Programme

African Development Bank (AFDB), French Development Agency (FDA), and The Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) have invested the sum of $618 Million in Nigeria’s Digital and Creative Enterprises Programme.

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African Development Bank (AFDB), French Development Agency (FDA), and The Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) have invested the sum of $618 Million in Nigeria’s Digital and Creative Enterprises Programme.

President of the African Development Bank (AFDB), Mr. Akinwumni Adesina while speaking at Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held in New York, disclosed that investment in the program would help in the establishment of 451 digital technology SMEs and 225 creative start-ups.

Adding that the enterprises would create 6.1 million jobs and add $6.4 billion to the Nigerian economy.

He said, “That is the power of international partnerships working for Nigeria. Investors must recognize this and invest.

“The future is not just digital, the future will be driven by digital revolution. Today, Nigeria has five of the seven unicorns in Africa and raised almost $1.4 billion of the total of four billion dollars raised by Fintech companies across Africa in 2021.

“When you think of financial services digital innovations, think Nigeria, with Flutterwave, OPay, Andela, and Interswitch holding the status of unicorn companies, worth at least one billion dollars each.”

Mr. Akinwunmi further stated that $540 million have been provided by the International Fund for Agricultural Development and ISDB to develop Special Agro-industrial processing zones to help unlock Nigeria’s agricultural potential.

Noting that the funds will boost food production and agribusiness value chains across Nigeria and make Nigeria more competitive.

He also called for increased international partnerships in Nigeria, adding that the bank had invested $44 billion in infrastructure in Africa over the past six years.

Furthermore, Mr. Adesina disclosed that the growth in Nigeria would depend on its ability to fix its infrastructure deficits.

His words, “The National Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan shows that Nigeria will need total financing of $759 billion to support infrastructure over a 23-year horizon (2020-2043).

“These covers tackling the crippling lack of energy to power the economy, including power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, water and sanitation, and transport infrastructure.”

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Foreign Investors Boycott Nigeria Oil Sector; Capital Inflow Drops By 82%

Capital inflow into Nigeria’s oil sector has dropped by more than 82 percent in the second quarter of 2022. 

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Despite the increase in global oil prices, capital inflow into Nigeria’s oil sector has dropped by more than 82 percent in the second quarter of 2022. 

Investors King learnt that while other sectors such as baking and manufacturing contributed immensely to the country’s economy, oil and gas barely make an impact. 

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicated that foreign capital inflow into the oil and gas sector accounts for 0.13 percent of fresh foreign investments into the Nigerian economy in Q2 2022, compared to other sectors like the banking and production sector contributing 42 percent and 15 percent respectively.

It is further revealed that the total value of foreign capital investment attracted by the petroleum industry in the second quarter of 2022 fell from $11.3 million in Q2 2021 to $1.93 million in Q2 2022.

Ola Alokolaro, a partner at Advocaat Law Practice (Energy and Infrastructure) disclosed that this is the lowest for Nigeria in 11 years.

He indicated further that the weak foreign investment in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector started in 2021.  

It is evident that foreign investors are boycotting Nigeria’s oil for other places. Recently, Italian oil giant Eni agreed to acquire two producing fields in Algeria for an undisclosed sum, including stakes in two major natural gas projects, as the company plans divestments away from Nigerian onshore assets.

A French multinational oil company, TotalEnergies has also announced plans to sell its stake in a oil joint venture in Nigeria and invest about $850 million in oil projects in Angola.

Nigeria’s oil production has been facing one of its most turbulent times. Widespread oil theft and poor patronage are some of the prevailing challenges. Investors King had earlier reported that for the first time in five years, Nigeria lost its crown as Africa’s largest oil producer to Angola. 

 

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