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ABCON Urges CBN to Make BDCs Direct Agents of IMTO



  • ABCON Urges CBN to Make BDCs Direct Agents of IMTO

Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to implement provisions of its circular in 2014, by making BDCs direct agents of international money transfer operators as obtained in other countries.

The Association also called for the restoration of its status as a self -regulatory organisation in order to ensure effective coordination of the over 4,500 BDCs across the country.

The Association made this call in its Economic Review for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Part of the report read, “In as much as the regulatory bodies in Nigeria have realised the indispensable role that the BDC sub- sector occupies in the stabilisation of the currency in Nigeria, the sector should be further strengthened and developed to achieve greater systemic efficiency.

“To this end, the professional training institute for dealers and operators being promoted by ABCON should be given appropriate support by the regulators and members to key into the project.

“The CBN should implement its circular of 2014 for making BDCs direct agents of international money transfer operators as obtained in other climes.

“The CBN should revisit the suspension of ABCON as a self- regulatory organisation for result -oriented coordination of the over 4,500 CBN licensed BDCs.

“CBN should support ABCON to increase public awareness and public visit to, the Association’s live exchange rate platform, which contributed immensely to the price discovery, transparency in the foreign exchange market and has become reference point for source of credible exchange rate information.”

ABCON also called on the BDCs to embrace the cloud -based automation of their operations initiated by the association for internal reorganisation, efficiency, global competitiveness and volumes driven transactions.

It also charged BDCs to explore more sophisticated and dynamic marketing techniques in 2019 to track billions of foreign currencies floating within the economy and flowing into the “black market” thereby incubating capital flight and money laundering.

ABCON also stressed the need to stabilise the exchange rate regime, saying “the current structure encourages the economy comparatively to export and derive robust foreign reserve which is one of the major prerequisites for economic growth.”

While calling on the federal government to promote strong railway networks across the country to leverage on regional connections and coordination to enhance Nigeria’s competitiveness, ABCON noted, “Nigeria’s home market suffers from spatial fragmentation according to the analysis. The domestic market is constrained by limited connective infrastructure thereby reducing producers and firms’ ability to reach wider markets.

“This lack of connectivity also dampens economic collaboration and cooperation among the country’s regions further hampering the prospects for poverty reduction. Thus during 2019 and beyond, every effort must be marshalled to promote strong railway network to reduce pressure on the land road network in the nation.”

ABCON also called on the Federal Government to address the incidences of insecurity nationwide and greater diversification of the economy, noting that, “Solid minerals are currently being mismanaged and smuggled out the country denying the economy of its much needed support. Currently, the growth projections were expected to come from the oil and gas sector given the increase in the price of crude oil which by projections is not expected to be stable in 2019.”

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Government Revenue Surges to N2.07trn in January 2024, FAAC Discloses




The Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) has revealed a significant surge in government revenue to N2.07 trillion in January 2024.

This substantial increase reflects the buoyancy of Nigeria’s economic activities despite various challenges faced by the nation.

According to FAAC’s communiqué issued after its monthly meeting in Abuja, the N2.07 trillion revenue was distributed to meet the financial needs of the federal, state, and local governments.

N1.15 trillion out of the total revenue was disbursed to the various tiers of government, indicating a robust financial inflow.

The breakdown of the revenue distribution showcased that the Federal Government received N407.267 billion, state governments obtained N379.407 billion while N278.041 billion was disbursed to local governments.

Also, N85.101 billion, equivalent to 13% of mineral revenue, was allocated to the states as derivation revenue.

FAAC also highlighted that the revenue composition included N463.1 billion from distributable statutory revenue, N391.8 billion from distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue, N15.9 billion from Electronic Money Transfer Levy revenue, and N279.03 billion from exchange difference revenue.

Despite the impressive revenue figures, FAAC noted a decrease in VAT collection by N71.7 billion compared to the previous month.

This decrease suggests fluctuations in consumer spending and economic activities, which could be influenced by various factors such as policy changes, economic conditions, and consumer sentiment.

Furthermore, FAAC reported increases in revenue from Companies Income Tax, Import Duty, Petroleum Profit Tax, and Oil and Gas Royalties.

However, revenue from Value Added Tax, Export Duty, Electronic Money Transfer Levy, and CET Levies experienced declines during the period.

FAAC’s disclosure of the January 2024 revenue underscores the importance of prudent financial management and effective allocation of resources to drive sustainable economic growth and development in Nigeria.

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Private Sector Credit Hits Record High of N76.94 Trillion in January 2024 – CBN Report



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Private sector credit in Nigeria reached a record N76.94 trillion in January 2024, according to the latest report from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This represents a 85.2% year-on-year increase from N41.54 trillion reported in January 2023.

The CBN’s Money and Credit Statistics report unveiled that credit to the private sector experienced a substantial month-on-month surge of 23.06%, or N14.42 trillion, from N62.52 trillion in December 2023.

This surge occurred amid the implementation of the CBN’s policy to unify the naira exchange rate.

Analysts attribute the reported N76.94 trillion credit to the private sector to the recent depreciation of the naira against foreign currencies.

The naira closed at N1,356.88 per dollar in January 2024, representing a 50.87% decline or N457.49 against the dollar compared to December 2023.

This depreciation compelled banks to extend credit to major corporations to meet the CBN’s mandated Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR) threshold.

The CBN’s decision to resume the enforcement of the LDR policy, effective July 31, 2023, further propelled banks to increase lending to customers, stimulating the real sector of the economy.

With the CRR mechanism updated, banks with an LDR below the prescribed level faced a 50% lending shortfall penalty.

Experts suggest that the significant increase in private sector credit underscores the growing need for businesses to secure funds amidst economic uncertainties and exchange rate volatility.

It also signifies banks’ efforts to comply with regulatory requirements and support economic growth initiatives.

As Nigeria navigates its economic landscape, stakeholders anticipate further developments in credit dynamics and monetary policies to sustain financial stability and stimulate economic expansion.

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Senate Initiates Probe into N30tn Ways and Means Loans under Buhari Administration



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The Nigerian Senate has embarked on a comprehensive investigation into the disbursement and utilization of the N30 trillion Ways and Means loans obtained by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ways and Means facility allows the CBN to provide financial support to the government to cover budget shortfalls.

The decision to probe the massive loans comes amid concerns about the transparency and accountability surrounding the utilization of these funds, particularly as the country grapples with economic challenges, food crises, rising inflation, and worsening insecurity.

The Senate’s investigation aims to shed light on how the substantial overdrafts from the CBN were acquired and expended under the leadership of former President Buhari.

There is growing apprehension that the indiscriminate spending of the overdrafts, particularly during Godwin Emefiele’s tenure as CBN governor, may have contributed significantly to the current economic predicament facing the nation.

The probe will delve into the details of the N30 trillion overdrafts, with a specific focus on examining the purpose for which the funds were allocated and how they were utilized.

Also, the Senate will scrutinize the N10 trillion disbursed under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, as well as the utilization of $2.4 billion out of the $7 billion earmarked for forex transactions.

The initiative underscores the Senate’s commitment to ensuring transparency, fiscal responsibility, and prudent financial management in the country’s economic affairs.

It is anticipated that the probe will unearth vital insights into the financial transactions of the past administration, enabling corrective measures to be taken to address any mismanagement or discrepancies discovered.

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