- CBN Releases N607bn Agriculture Credit for 587 Projects
The Central Bank of Nigeria has released a total of N607.87bn credit to selected Deposit Money Banks to disburse for 587 agricultural projects, latest figures from the CBN have shown.
In its most recent economic report, the apex bank stated that the money was under its Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme, adding that a total of N345.06bn had been repaid by beneficiaries of the scheme.
The bank further noted that its agriculture credit guarantee to farmers increased by 98 per cent within the space of one month to N342.7m.
It said, “At end-April 2019, the total amount released by the CBN under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme to participating banks for disbursement amounted to N607.87bn for 587 projects, while total amount repaid stood at N345.06bn.”
In its latest economic report for April 2019, the CBN stated that Zenith Bank Plc, UBA Plc, Sterling Bank, and First Bank of Nigeria disbursed the highest amount to beneficiaries of the scheme.
The banks disbursed N122.66bn, N83.06bn, N72.17bn and N52.52bn, respectively, with 20 banks participating in the agriculture credit scheme.
On the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme, the CBN stated that ACGS guaranteed a total of N342.7m to 2,022 farmers in April 2019.
It said, “The amount represented an increase of 98 per cent and 22.1 per cent over the respective levels in the preceding month and the corresponding period of 2018, respectively.
“Sub-sectoral analysis showed that food crops got the largest share, amounting to N184.7m (53.9 per cent) guaranteed to 1,217 beneficiaries, followed by livestock, N48.3m (14.1 per cent) guaranteed to 191 beneficiaries.”
It added, “The sum of N42.6m (12.4 per cent) was guaranteed to mixed crops sub-sector, in favour of 329 beneficiaries. Cash crops, fisheries and others received N29.8m (8.7 per cent), N26.5m (7.7 per cent) and N10.8m (3.2 per cent), guaranteed to 189,55 and 38 beneficiaries, respectively.”
Analysis by states showed that 25 states and the Federal Capital Territory benefitted from the scheme in April 2019, with the highest and lowest sums of N46.6m (13.6 per cent) and N0.6 (0.2 per cent) guaranteed to Ogun and Kogi states, respectively.
On the agricultural sector as a whole, the bank stated that weather conditions in the Northern states were relatively drier in April 2019.
It stated that consequently, agricultural activities in the region were mainly preparation of land for the 2019 wet season farming.
“However, the Southern states experienced improved moisture as a result of the commencement of early rainfall, which led to planting activities in the region,” the apex bank said.
It added, “In the livestock sub-sector, herders continued with the migration of cattle to Southern states in search of greener pastures, while poultry farmers re-stocked birds to replace sales during the Easter festive season.
“Also, in a bid to control the spread of the contagious Bovine Pleuro Pneumonia cattle lung disease, which broke out in Kaduna State, infecting 1,850 cattle and killing 367 herds, the Kaduna state government immunised 215,000 cattle in the affected areas.”
Mohammed Umar is the New Acting Chairman of EFCC
Buhari Appoints Mohammed Umar as EFCC Acting Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed, Mohammed Umar, the director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the new Acting Chairman of the agency, according to the NAN.
A top official of the commission confirmed to NAN that Umar has taken charge of the agency following the suspension of Ibrahim Magu, the former acting Chairman.
Ibrahim Magu was suspended by the President on Tuesday following series of allegations bordering on frauds, financial misappropriations and abuse of power.
CBN Spends $11.5bn in Q1 2020 to Support the Economy and Dwindling Naira
CBN Injects $11.5bn Into the Economy in the First Quarter
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) injected a combined $11.5 billion into the nation’s foreign exchange market to stabilise the economy and support the Naira value in the first quarter of the year.
According to the latest report from the apex bank, the central bank injected $2.96 billion into the nation’s forex market in the month of January. Another $3.39 billion was used to support the economy in February while $4.7 billion was supplied in the month of March, the very month the economy was locked and all operations grounded to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A further breakdown of the report revealed that the Investors and Exporters’ foreign exchange window, Small and Medium enterprises and Invisible segments received a total of $7.23 billion of the $11.5 billion, the Bureau De Change segment received $3.6 billion while the Interbank and WDAS/RDAS got the rest in the first quarter.
The report noted that the apex bank injected a total sum of $14.72 billion and $28.55 billion into the economy in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Meanwhile, the central bank is yet to commence the sales of forex to the bureau de change following the March suspension.
But has commenced partial sales to all commercial banks for onward sales to parents and small businesses across the country.
Mr Isaac Okorafor, the Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, had said, “The CBN has also made complete arrangements to resume foreign exchange sales to the BDC segment of the market for business travels, personal travels and other designated retail uses, as soon as international flights resume.”
DSS Arrests EFCC, Acting Chairman, Magu
DSS Arrested Magu, the Acting Chairman of EFCC
The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on allegation bordering on financial misappropriation, abuse of power and embesslement.
The Acting Chairman was accused of siphoning part of the money recovered from looters, a Punch reported stated.
The report stated “It was learnt that the security details to Magu put up a stiff resistance during the arrest of their principal, as they objected to the DSS move.
But he is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.
This is happening barely two weeks after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) reportedly complained to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) about Magu’s conduct and advised that he should be relieved of his appointment.
The AGF was said to have accused Magu of insubordination and discrepancies in the figures of funds recovered by the EFCC.
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