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2019 Budget Can’t Address Nigeria’s Economic Needs –German Envoy

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  • 2019 Budget Can’t Address Nigeria’s Economic Needs –German Envoy

The Minister Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Regine Hess, has said the Federal Government of Nigeria is not doing enough to address the socio-economic challenges facing the country.

This, she said, was responsible for the desperation of many Nigerians to leave the country, risking their lives in the desert for better opportunities abroad.

Speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after delivering a speech at the conference on irregular migration organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on Tuesday, the envoy challenged the Federal Government to address the issues responsible for the exodus of Nigerians to Europe and other foreign countries.

Hess, who is also the deputy head of mission, German Embassy, noted that many Nigerians appeared not to see a future in their country, noting that people all over the world preferred to live in their country and among their own people.

She said, “The big question is why do so many Nigerians want to leave Nigeria? Is it not a very hospitable country? Do they not see a future here? That seems to be the case and that is the conclusion you have to draw. So, the Nigerian government should try to look into this.

“They should make sure the Nigerian youth find a future in their own country. Most people all over the world would like to live in a country where they come from. They like to live with their family and friends.”

The diplomat admonished the government to work harder and with the help from the international community and development corporations to create an enabling environment for Nigerians to live happily in their own country.

The German official said her country alongside other European nations had been sensitising migrants on the dangers of irregular migration, adding that there was a lot of rumours and false information about life in Europe.

“Germany, with others, has started to sensitise them that travelling across the desert is far too dangerous. We welcome regular migration; irregular migration, we don’t welcome that much. If you are trying to find a job, come as a regular migrant,” she advised.

The Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, in his goodwill message, emphasised that the problem of irregular migration was complex and deserving of multi-stakeholders’ action.

He counselled youths to moderate their ambitions and material expectations, cautioning them against the “get-rich-quick by all means syndrome.”

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President Buhari to Sign 2020 Revised Budget Today

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Buhari to Sign 2020 Revised Budget Into Law on Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the 2020 revised budget on Friday, according to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed.

Ahmed disclosed this on Thursday after a meeting with the leaders of the National Assembly on the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper.

Ahmed said, “In keeping strictly with the January–December budget cycle, the President will tomorrow (Friday) sign into law, the revised N10.8tn budget for the year 2020, which was passed by the National Assembly in June.

“This for us is a journey towards ensuring that the progress that we have made as a collective to return the fiscal year to January – December is maintained for the 2021 budget as well.

“The President has directed that we must deliver the budget to the National Assembly by the end of September.”

Ahmed further stated that between the months of January and May 2020, the Federal Government generated N1.48 trillion in revenue, 56 percent of its initial target.

She added that out of all the total amount generated as revenue during the period, oil revenues were N701.6 billion while the non-oil tax revenues accounted for N439.32 billion.

Companies Income Tax and Value Added Tax contributed N213.24 billion and N68.09 billion, respectively. The Customs realised N158 billion during the period under review.

She said, “Other revenues amounted to N339.51bn, of which independent revenues was N80.22bn.

“Recoveries and stamp duty collected during the period are yet to be booked in the fiscal accounts.”

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Africa’s Economy to Contract by $236bn in Value in 2020 Says AfDB

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African GDP to Contract by $236bn in Value Says AfDB

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic could cost the entire African continent about $236.7 billion in cumulative Gross Domestic Product.

The bank disclosed this in its latest report on African Economic Outlook (Supplement) released on Tuesday.

The bank predicted that the damage could be far greater if the impacts of the pandemic persist on the continent beyond the second quarter of the year. It said this could lead to a bigger contraction in Africa’s GDP in 2020.

According to the bank, the continent’s Real GDP could contract by as much as 1.7 percent this year if the virus has a shorter duration. This represents about a 5.6 percent decline from the January 2020 prediction.

However, under a long term scenario into the second half of the year, this could result in a deeper contraction in GDP.

This, the bank said could lead to 3.4 contraction, up from the 1.7 percent projected under the shorter duration and represents a decline of 7.3 percent from the previous projection before the outbreak.

It, therefore, said the combined loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa could range between $173.1 billion and $234.7 billion in 2020-2021.

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Brent Crude Oil Maintains $43 Per Barrel Despite Surge in US Inventories

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Brent Crude Oil Sustains Upsurge Despite Rising US Inventories

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, sustained its upsurge at $43 per barrel on Wednesday during the London trading session despite a report showing a build-up in the U.S. crude inventories in the week ended July 3, 2020.

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According to the U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) report released on Tuesday, crude oil production in the U.S is expected to decline by just 70,000 barrels per day from the 670,000 bpd previously predicted to 600,000 bpd.

While this was below the projected decline, it also points to a build-up in U.S stockpiles and suggested that oil production from the world’s largest economy may not decline as previously projected in 2020.

“The EIA’s forecast of a lower decline in U.S. output was partially offset by its outlook for firm demand recovery, which limited losses in oil markets,” Hiroyuki Kikukawa, general manager of research at Nissan Securities said.

“Still, expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies would taper oil output cuts from August and softer U.S. equities added to pressure,” he said.

The EIA projected that global oil demand will recover through the end of 2021 as demand was predicted to hit 101.1 million barrels per day in the fourth quarter of the year.

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