- Nigeria Needs $123.5m to Develop Industrial Minerals – Report
Nigeria requires about $123.5m to develop minerals needed in industrial production, a report commissioned by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the World Bank has said.
The report, which was presented in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that Nigeria was importing most of the mineral resources because the ones obtained in the country were not processed.
According to the report, should Nigeria invest about $123.5m over the next five years, it would be able to harness the local deposits and end the era of importation of industrial minerals.
The report stated, “The most relevant minerals (both in volume and value) exploited in Nigeria are minerals used by the construction industry, namely limestone, laterite, sand, clay, shale, dolomite and dimension stones (marble and granite blocks).
“A second relevant group includes minerals used by industrial chains (calcium, carbonates and lime for water treatment; manganese and dolomite for steel and iron cast; kaolin and feldspar for the ceramics industry; barite and bentonite for the drilling/oil and gas industry; and mica for the electrical and painting industries).”
It added, “Nigeria is highly dependent on imports of some industrial minerals. In 2016, Nigeria imported more than 51,000 tonnes of calcium carbonate and lime, alongside substantial imports of mica and dimension stones.
“The value of the imports of these minerals exceeded $28m, i.e., 60 per cent of the total value of imports of industrial minerals. Alongside the construction and water treatment sectors, the industrial minerals imported are used in steel, oil and gas, and in wide range of other industries.
“Nigeria has a mineral endowment appropriated to meet the domestic demand (in volume and quality) of industrial minerals, and this road map aims to reduce Nigeria’s import dependence of industrial minerals.”
The report identified three pathways for the realisation of the local production of the industrial minerals needed in the country.
The pathways include the promotion of the provision of construction minerals needed to meet the growing demand of the construction industry and the promotion of the provision of industrial minerals used in industrial sectors, which are considered critical to Nigeria’s economy.
Speaking at the presentation of the report, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Mr Bawa Bwari, said it indicated that a gap of 626,921 tonnes per annum existed in the local production of industrial minerals required by the local industries, which are currently filled by annual importation costing about $44.5m.
He said, “Ground calcium carbonate, ground mica, titanium dioxide, granite blocks, gypsum, talc and barites were established as the most valued imported industrial mineral products imported in the years 2014 to 2016 in that order, indicating great potential for substituting their importation by local production.”
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank To Pay Customers N5 For Every Dollar Received
Ecobank has implemented the CBN scheme which offers N5 for every Dollar received into domiciliary accounts or as cash over the counter. Korede Demola-Adeniyi; Head, of Consumer Banking, Ecobank Nigeria, who announced this in Lagos stated that the decision is in line with the CBN directive and fully aligns with efforts to encourage the inflow of diaspora remittances into the country.
She noted that the “CBN Naira 4 dollar scheme” is an unprecedented incentive for senders and recipients of international money transfers.
Korede Demola-Adeniyi said that the scheme takes effect from 8th March and will run till 8th May 2021. “Ecobank will pay N5 on every Dollar so beneficiaries will not only get the foreign currency sent from their family and friends abroad, but they will also get extra Naira”, she stated.
Only recently, Ecobank had a first-of-its-kind virtual Diaspora Summit to discuss opportunities for Nigerians living abroad and the various platforms available to assist them with their investment decisions and remittance needs. The event had major players in the remittance space, diaspora audience, government officials and notable stakeholders in attendance.
Further, the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan has disclosed that apart from consistent engagement with Nigerians in the diaspora, Ecobank is leveraging its digital technology to make remittances to Nigeria and Africa easy, convenient and affordable.
Mr. Akinwuntan stated that growing evidence has shown a positive relationship between diaspora remittances and economic growth.
“Ecobank will continue to pursue its mandate of helping to enhance the economic development and integration of Africa, through the 33 countries where the bank operates on the continent. Ecobank’s Rapidtransfer and mobile app (Ecobank Mobile) enable Africans, wherever they are, to easily and instantly send money to bank accounts, mobile wallets and agent locations across 33 African countries”, he stated.
Ecobank Nigeria, a member of the Pan African Banking Group is committed to supporting Africans in the diaspora by providing advisory services, remittance solutions, investment options and financial planning schemes. The bank also offers mortgages, treasury bills, capital market instruments, among others.
Peter Obaseki Retires as Chief Operating Officer of FCMB Group Plc
The Board of Directors of FCMB Group Plc has announced the retirement of Mr. Peter Obaseki, the Chief Operating Officer of the financial institution, with effect from March 1, 2021. He was also an Executive Director of the Group.
His retirement was approved at a meeting of the Board of the Group on February 26, 2021. This has also been announced in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by the financial institution.
The Chairman of FCMB Group Plc’s Board of Directors, Mr Oladipupo Jadesimi, thanked Mr. Obaseki for his valuable service and excellent support to the Board for many years.
FCMB Group Plc is a holding company divided along three business Groups; Commercial and Retail Banking (First City Monument Bank Limited, Credit Direct Limited, FCMB (UK) Limited and FCMB Microfinance Bank Limited); Investment Banking (FCMB Capital Markets Limited and CSL Stockbrokers Limited); as well as Asset & Wealth Management (FCMB Pensions Limited, FCMB Asset Management Limited and FCMB Trustees Limited).
The Group and its subsidiaries are leaders in their respective segments with strong fundamentals.
For more information about FCMB Group Plc, please visit www.fcmbgroup.com.
COVID-19: CBN Extends Loan Repayment by Another One Year
Central Bank Extends One-Year Moratorium by 12 Months
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has extended the repayment of its discounted interest rate on intervention facility by another one-year following the expiration of the first 12 months moratorium approved on March 1, 2020.
The apex bank stated in a circular titled ‘Re: Regulatory forbearance for the restructuring of credit facilities of other financial institutions impacted by COVID-19’ and released on Wednesday to all financial institutions.
In the circular signed by Kelvin Amugo, the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, the apex bank said the role-over of the moratorium on the facilities would be considered on a case by case basis.
The circular read, “The Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the interest rates on the CBN intervention facilities from nine per cent to five per cent per annum for one year effective March 1, 2020, as part of measures to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.
“Credit facilities, availed through participating banks and OFIs, were also granted a one-year moratorium on all principal payments with effect from March 1, 2020.
“Following the expiration of the above timelines, the CBN hereby approves as follows:
“The extension by another 12 months to February 28, 2022 of the discounted interest rate for the CBN intervention facilities.
“The role-over of the moratorium on the above facilities shall be considered on a case by case basis.”
It would be recalled that the apex bank reduced the interest rate on its intervention facility from nine percent to five percent and approved a 12-month moratorium in March 2020 to ease the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
To further deepen economic recovery and stimulate growth, the apex bank has extended the one year-moratorium until February 28, 2022.
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