- BoI to Inject N1tn into Economy
The Bank of Industry (BOI) plans to inject N1trillion into the Nigerian economy through collaboration with financial institutions in the country and development institutions in Africa.
The Managing Director of BOI, Mr. Olukayode Pitan disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday at the inauguration of the governing board of the bank at BOI’s headquarters in Abuja.
The synergy, Pitan said was to further deepen the bank’s involvement in the development of the economy as well as providing necessary impetus in revitalising key sectors that have been stressed by the global economic downslide.
The intervention, he posited, was the resolve of the new management to be abreast of advancing the economy in furtherance of keeping the bank’s mandate of providing financial assistance for the establishment of large, medium and small projects as well as the expansion, diversification and modernisation of existing enterprises; and rehabilitation of existing ones.
The BOI, he said, would invest the fund in infrastructural development, focus more on small and medium enterprises without neglecting large scale businesses and assist in remedial activities such as building road network to attract investors who are interested in working with the Nigerian government.
He specifically mentioned the interest of the bank in investing in the Calabar Free Trade Zone, Kano Free Trade Zone, Nnewi Free Trade Zone and the Akwa Ibo Deep Port.
The board chairman, Mr.Aliyu Alrahman Dikko said the board would ensure a sustainable future of the bank by benchmarking international best practices qualities.
He promised that the board would uphold the interest of beneficiaries of the bank while it will create opportunities for more entrepreneurs to benefit from the bank and consequently contribute their quota to national development.
The chairman said board members will justify their appointments as a call to national service by being transparent in performing their oversight duties.
“The Bank’s reputation and success is built upon a foundation of integrity- a commitment to act within the highest ethical standards and to conduct its business honestly and transparently”, he stated.
Inaugurating the board, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, said BOI needed to raise its capital base to further assist SMEs.
Enelamah stressed that the bank had actually earned the trust of key agencies and institutions of government and has made remarkable impact in providing financial facilities to the cement, sugar and garment/ textile industries.
The minister said the Central BanK of Nigeria had been working with the BOI to boost loan accessibility by entrepreneurs and industrialists in the country,
“The bank has effectively collaborated with the ministry in the area of project financing and that the ministry is delighted in working with the Bank and other development institutions such as the Industrial Trust Fund (ITF), Small and Medium Scale Development Agency (SMEDAN), and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC),” he said.
We Are Losing N13.9bn Monthly Because FG Caps Tariff – Discos
Discos Says it is Losing N14bn Monthly Because of NERC Capped Tariff
The Nigerian power Distribution Companies (Discos) have said they a losing N13.9 billion in revenue every month because the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, limited how much they can charge for consumption.
Ernest Mupwaya, the Managing Director, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, made the statement during a presentation on behalf of the Discos to the House of Representatives Committee on Power.
The statement was after the Discos demanded realistic indices before the implementation of the proposed service reflective tariff, which was supposed to be implemented on July 1.
Mupwaya said there were some outstanding requirements before the service reflective tariff could be implemented.
“One of them is the removal of estimated billing caps. The financial impact of the Capping Order is an average loss of N13.9bn monthly, thereby, undermining or jeopardising the minimum remittance requirement,” Mupwaya stated.
The July 1 service tariff implementation was halted by members of the National Assembly, who prevailed on the Discos to shelve the date to the first quarter of 2021 due to the current economic challenges in Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila Says Nigeria Can’t Compete in AfCFTA With Weak Industries
Nigeria Must Ramp up Industrialisation to Prevent Dumping by Other Nations
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the nation can not compete effectively in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) with weak industrialisation and manufacturing activities.
Gbajabiamila disclosed this while receiving Adesoji Adesugba, the newly appointed Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority.
The details of the visit were made public on Thursday in a statement titled, “AFCFTA: House Speaker tasks Nigeria on industrialisation through free trade zones.”
Gbajabiamila was quoted as saying “We must act proactively so that we don’t become a dumping ground for other African nations.
“Our best option in this circumstance is to immediately set machinery in motion to ensure the effective functioning and flourishing of our export processing zones.
“We must remove all bottlenecks and perfect all stumbling blocks. We will then be fully prepared for AfCFTA and also generate massive jobs for our unemployed youths and enhance our foreign earnings.”
He added that the nation must as a matter of national emergency ramp up industrialisation through free trade zones and other effective means to compete with South Africa, Africa’s most industrialised economy and other African nations.
FG Marches Forward With Zero Subsidy Plan
FG Says Its Done With Fuel Subsidy After Years of Wasted Resources
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources said there is no going back on zero-subsidy.
According to a statement released on Thursday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, the Federal Government can no longer bear the burden of petrol subsidy.
In the statement titled ‘Deregulation: The facts and the reasons behind the policy’, the minister said “After a thorough examination of the economics of subsidising PMS for domestic consumption, the Federal Government concluded that it was unrealistic to continue with the burden of subsidising PMS to the tune of trillions of naira every year, more so when this subsidy was benefiting in large part the rich, rather than the poor and ordinary Nigerians,” he said.
Sylva explained that it simply means that the government will not be the sole supplier of petroleum products but will now encourage the private sector to get involved in the business.
“This means also that market forces will henceforth determine the prices at the pump. In line with global best practices, the government will continue to play its traditional role of regulation to ensure that this strategic commodity is not priced arbitrarily by private sector suppliers,” Sylva said.
The minister likened the regulatory function to the role of the Central Bank in the banking sector, “ensuring that commercial banks do not charge arbitrary interest rates”.
Sylva said, “Petroleum products are refined from crude oil. Therefore, the price of crude (the feedstock) for the refining process will affect the price of the refined product.
“When crude oil prices were down, government, through its regulatory functions, ensured that the benefits of lower crude oil prices were enjoyed by Nigerians by ensuring that PMS was lowered. At that time, we indicated that an increase in crude oil prices will also reflect at the pump.”
He said one of the reasons Nigeria has not been able to attract enough investment into the refining industry was because of the burden of fuel subsidy.
Sylva said, “We need to free up that investment space so that what happened in the banking sector, aviation sector and other sectors can happen in the midstream and downstream oil sector.
“We can no longer avoid the inevitable and expect the impossible to continue. There was no time government promised to reduce pump price and keep it permanently low.”
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