- CBN Will no Longer Provide Forex for Importers of Cassava Products
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday said it will no longer provide foreign exchange for the importation of cassava and its derivatives.
Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, CBN, disclosed this during a meeting with state governors at the bank’s headquarters in Abuja.
According to the CBN, Nigeria spends over $600 million on cassava derivatives each year.
He said, “The country imports cassava derivatives of over $600m per year and we have also begun to restrict foreign exchange to those who want to import cassava, starch, ethanol and all other derivatives into Nigeria.”
“The cassava initiative of the bank is to improve productivity, stabilise prices and encourage local processing to generate employment.
“To improve the cassava seed productivity, the bank is collaborating with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture on the production and supply of cassava cultivars that can increase yield up to 40 tonnes.
“Arrangements are underway to support 51,388 farmers to produce 830,820 metric tonnes of cassava tubers for some identified processors.”
This move, he explained would create more economic opportunities, foster real growth and enhance revenue generation.
In the meeting were governors from Borno, Lagos, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Anambra, Adamawa, Benue, Sokoto, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, Zamfara, Edo, Benue, Ogun, Kebbi, Kaduna, Edo and Bauchi.
The CBN said the meeting was necessary to get the cooperation of the governors in the area of economic diversification and new job creation.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the apex bank to boost production of 10 key commodities.
He listed them as rice, cotton, oil palm, tomato, cassava, poultry, fish, maize, cocoa and livestock/dairy.
While the apex bank said it has made substantial progress in the last few months, it also recognise the significance of governors to its actualisation.
In an effort to stimulate local production and enhance job creation, the central bank continues to restrict more importers of goods that could be produced locally from accessing forex exchange at the official rate.
Again, while the move will help stimulate local production and increase job creation, it will also help ease pressure on the weak foreign reserves that plunged from about $45 billion in June to $42.8 billion in September.
This will help the central bank sustain its forex intervention program, support the Naira and ensure dollar liquidity.
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.
Again CBN Debits Banks N118 Billion for Failing to Meet CRR Target
CBN Debits Deposit Money Banks N118bn for Not Meeting CRR Target
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday debited the nation’s deposit money banks a total sum of N118 billion for failing to meet 27.5 percent Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) target.
This is the fourth of such action, bringing the total amount debited so far this year to N2.2 trillion.
According to Tunde Abidoye, an analyst at Lagos-based FBN Quest, the move brings “further downward pressure on banks liquidity ratios and earnings.”
“Based on the total sum that each bank has been debited this year, and our NIM assumptions for each bank, we estimate an aggregate opportunity cost of funds of N86bn for our universe of banks coverage,” Abidoye stated in a note to clients.
The central bank continues to debit banks to force them to loan more into the real sector and also reduce their forex purchasing power to better manage the nation’s weak foreign reserves and curb capital outflow. A series of recent reports have pointed to a possible foreign exchange devaluation to ease pressure on the nation’s reserves.
The report shows that the Stanbic IBTC and Guaranty Trust Bank were debited N15 billion each.
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