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FG’s Preference for Borrowing Slashed Savings Bonds by 50% – CBN

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  • FG’s Preference for Borrowing Slashed Savings Bonds by 50% – CBN

The Federal Government of Nigeria’s savings bonds reduced by 50.18 per cent at the end of the 2018 financial year.

According to a report by the Central Bank of Nigeria on its 2018 activities, “a total of N3.59bn was allotted during the review period, indicating a decline of N3.61bn or 50.18 per cent when compared with N7.20bn at the end of December 2017.

“The decrease was attributable to a fewer number of successful bids and FGN’s preference for foreign borrowing in the period under review.

“The new issues were for two and three years and the coupon rate applied ranged from 9.48 to 12.40 per cent and 10.48 to 13.40 for the two and three years, respectively.”

The range of coupon rates in 2017 was higher, between 11.74 to 13.82 per cent and 12.74 to 14.82 for the two and three years respectively.

Consequently, the total value of FGN savings bonds outstanding at the end of December 2018 was N10.75bn.

The CBN stated that there was no new issue of FGN green bond in the review period.

Consequently, it added that the total value outstanding at the end of December 2018 remained at N10.69bn, same as reported in 2017.

The bank said a N100bn seven-year Sukuk was issued and allotted during the review period.

The Sukuk had a rental rate of 15.74 per cent payable semi-annually.

Consequently, the total value of Sukuk outstanding at the end of December 2018 increased to N200bn, representing a 100 per cent increase from N100bn in 2017.

It stated that the Over-the-Counter transactions for Nigerian Treasury bills amounted to N72.122tn, indicating an increase of N11,801.93bn or 19.57 per cent over N60,320.6bn recorded in 2017.

The development was attributable largely to increased transactions by foreign and other institutional investors.

It also stated that during the review period, the OTC transactions in FGN bonds amounted to N11.8tn, indicating an increase of N1.96bn or 19.97 per cent over N9.836tn recorded in 2017.

The trend was traceable to the active participation of investors, both local and foreign.

According to the CBN report, financial market conditions were influenced largely by global economic and political developments in 2018.

On the economic front, the interest rate hikes in the United States indicated that normalisation of monetary policy was more rapid than initially anticipated.

The impact of these rate hikes largely weakened the currency, bond and equity market of emerging economies.

The US-China trade war continues to exert strains on both economic and political grounds, further increasing the uncertainties in the global financial markets.

In view of these developments, reinforced by country-specific factors of tightening financial conditions, higher oil import bills and geo-political tensions, global growth projection was downgraded to 3.7 per cent from an earlier projection of 3.9 per cent.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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COVID-19: CBN Has Disbursed N83B Loans to Healthcare Sector

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday, said the central bank had disbursed over N83.9 billion to pharmaceutical and healthcare practitioners in the country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Also, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stressed the need for a slash in the cost of governance in the country, saying a lot more resources could be dedicated towards healthcare and critical infrastructure.

They both said this yesterday, at the premiere of ‘Unmasked’, a documentary on Nigeria’s response to the pandemic held in Lagos.

Emefiele, who was represented by the CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwasinobi, explained: “Building a robust healthcare infrastructure was also vital from a security perspective, as some nations had imposed restrictions on the exports of vital medical drugs as well as the use of drug patents that could aid in containing the spread of the pandemic.

“As a result, we focused our interventions in the healthcare sector on three areas. Building the capacity of our healthcare institutions supporting the domestic manufacturing of drugs by businesses, and providing grants to researchers in the medical field, in order to encourage them to develop breakthrough innovations that would address health challenges faced by Nigerians.

“In this regard, we disbursed over N83.9 billion in loans to pharmaceutical companies and healthcare practitioners, which is supporting 26 pharmaceutical and 56 medical projects across the country. We were also able to mobilise key stakeholders in the Nigerian economy through the CACOVID alliance, which led to the provision of over N25 billion in relief materials to affected households, and the set-up of 39 isolation centres across the country. These measures helped to expand and strengthen the capacity of our healthcare institutions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to the CBN Governor, the banking sector regulator also initiated the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Grant Scheme, which was to aid research on solutions that could address diseases such as COVID-19, and other communicable/non-communicable diseases.

He said so far, five major healthcare-related research projects were being financed under the initiative.

Speaking further on the call to increase access to health insurance, Emefiele said: “One key aspect which we would have to address is improving access to healthcare for all Nigerians. A key factor that has impeded access to healthcare for Nigerians is the prevailing cost of healthcare services.

“According to a study by World Health Organisation (WHO), only four percent of Nigerians have access to health insurance. Besides food, healthcare expenses are a significant component of average Nigeria’s personal expenditure.

“Out of pocket expenses on healthcare amount to close to 76 percent of total healthcare expenditure. At such levels of health spending, individuals particularly those in rural communities may be denied access to healthcare services.

“Expanding the insurance net to capture the pool of Nigerians not covered by existing health insurance schemes, could help to reduce the high out of pocket expenses on healthcare services by Nigerians. It will also help to increase the pool of funds that could be invested in building our healthcare infrastructure and in improving the existing welfare package of our healthcare workers.”

“The private sector has a significant role to play in this regard given the decline in government revenues as occasioned by the drop in commodity prices. Leveraging innovative solutions that can provide insurance services at relatively cheap prices could significantly help to improve access to healthcare for a large proportion of Nigerians particularly those in our rural communities.”

According to Emefiele, the CBN remains committed to working with all stakeholders in improving access to finance and credit that would support the development of viable healthcare infrastructure in our country.

On his part, Sanwo-Olu said: “What are the lessons that we have learned with the Covid-19? Looking at all the things that Covid-19 has cost us, how are we preparing ourselves?

“The truth be told the structure of our governance system needs to change particularly the cost of governance. We need to speak up and ask ourselves are we ready to change.”

“When it gets to the election it is the same set of people that will come up and people don’t come out to vote and we end up having 20 percent out of 100 percent that will elect those that will govern. So, the change has to be about all of us. That is how the real change that will help us will come,” he added.

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Emefiele Says CBN Will Resist All Attempts to Continue Maize Importation

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has vowed to resist all attempts to continue the importation of maize into the country.

Godwin Emefiele, the governor, CBN, in a statement titled ‘Emefiele woos youths to embrace agriculture’, said: “the CBN would resist attempts by those who seek to continually import maize into the country.”

Emefiele, who spoke in Katsina during the unveiling of the first maize pyramid and inauguration of the 2021 maize wet season farming under the CBN-Maize Association of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, said maize farmers in the country had what it takes to meet the maize demand gap of over 4.5 million metric tonnes in the country.

With over 50,000 bags of maize available on this ground, and others aggregated across the country, maize farmers are sending a resounding message that we can grow enough maize to meet the country’s demand,” Emefiele said.

He explained that the maize unveiled at the ceremony would be sold to reputable feed processors.

He added that this would in turn impact positively on current poultry feed prices, as over 60 per cent of maize produced in the country were used for producing poultry feed.

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Nigeria’s Spending Structure Unsustainable, Budget Head Says

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Nigeria’s current trend of spending more money on running the government than on building new infrastructure is unsustainable, the country’s top budget oversight official said.

Low revenue collection and high recurrent costs have resulted in actual capital expenditure below two trillion naira ($4.88 billion) a year for a decade, Ben Akabueze, director-general of the Budget Office, said Tuesday in a virtual presentation.

“Hence, the investments required to bridge the infrastructure gap are way beyond the means available to the government,” Akabueze said. Recurrent spending, allocated towards salaries and running costs, has accounted for more than 75% of the public budget every year since 2011, he said.

Africa’s largest economy requires at least $3 trillion of spending over the next 30 years to close its infrastructure gap, Moody’s Investors Service said in November. The country’s tax revenue as a proportion of gross domestic product is one of the lowest globally, according to the International Monetary Fund.

“Huge recurrent expenditure has constrained the provision of good roads, steady power supply, health care services, quality education and quality shelter,” Akabueze said.

Nigeria should amend its constitution to create six regions to replace the existing 36 states, which each have their own governments, Akabueze said. The country also needs to reduce the number of cabinet ministers to a maximum of 24 from more than 40 and cut federal ministries to fewer than 20 from the current 27, he said.

“No country can develop where a large part of its earnings is spent on administrative structures rather than on capital investment,” Akabueze said.

 

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