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FG Gives Dangote, Others Tax Credits to Boost Infrastructure

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  • FG Gives Dangote, Others Tax Credits to Boost Infrastructure

In a bid to boost the nation’s infrastructure, the Federal Government through the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme have started granting private companies tax credits in exchange for road construction.

Mr Tunde Fowler, Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), disclosed this in an interview held on Wednesday, September 5.

According to him, more than ten companies had applied to receive 50 percent of expenditure in tax credits.

He, however, said only two companies had successfully completed the process to receive tax credits for infrastructure projects. One of the two companies was Dangote Group while the tax chairman kept the other anonymous.

Mr Fowler further explained that while this may reduce revenue generation of the agency in the near-term, it would boost growth going forward.

“It may reduce the amount of my collections initially, but … as I expand my tax net, I would make up for that reduction,” said Fowler. “We believe we would generate more revenues from the additional infrastructure that would be created.”

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the tax credit scheme into law under an Executive Order 007 2019.

Buhari, who was elected for a second term in February, promised to increase Nigeria’s economic productivity and diversify the nation far away from the unstable oil market. However, rising debt servicing costs amid unstable global oil market continues to impede that agenda.

In 2016, the nation spent 35 percent of government revenues on debt servicing alone, that amount has now risen as the government continues to ramp up borrowing in the last three years.

Nigeria spent $357.26 million on debt servicing in the first quarter of 2019 and added N560 billion debt to take its total debt to N24.9 trillion.

Therefore, with limited available resources amid global uncertainty intensified by the ongoing trade war and Brexit, the Buhari administration was forced to establish an alternative means — tax credit scheme – to achieve its economic diversification agenda.

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 long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya

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Crude Oil Rises to $43.68 on Monday Despite Concerns Over Rising COVID-19 Cases

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Oil Rises to $43.68  Despite Concerns Over Rising COVID-19 Cases

Oil prices rose on Monday during the London trading session to $43.68 per barrel despite growing concerns over the rising number of new COVID-19 cases.

The Brent Crude oil, against which Nigerian crude oil is measured, rose as high as $43.68 per barrel before slightly pulling back to $43.24 per barrel as at 1:25 pm Nigerian time.

UKOilDaily 1The US West Texas Intermediate crude oil remained largely unchanged as it traded at $40.64 per barrel on Monday. The same price range it traded last week.

Despite the rising number of COVID-19 new cases in the US and the rest of the world, Brent crude oil has been able to sustain the recent upsurge on the back of OPEC and allies 9.7 million per day production cut agreement and the reported improvement in compliance level.

However, experts have said if the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase that demand for the commodity will decline as people and businesses would be forced to shut down operations and stay at home.

“There will be some kind of decline in demand if cases were to increase as people will stay at home,” said Howie Lee, an economist at Singapore’s OCBC Bank. “The pace of U.S. demand recovery will not be as steep as expected.”

Analysts at ING bank said in a note that the report of the Energy Information Administration due later this week will highlight the impact of the new restriction due to the second wave of COVID-19 on gasoline demand.

“We will get a better idea of what impact tighter restrictions in several states have had on gasoline demand with the EIA (Energy Information Administration) report this week.”

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Citigroup Sees $60 Per Barrel Crude Oil in the Next 12 Months

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Citigroup Says Crude Oil Will Reach $60 Per Barrel in a year

Despite the current economic downturn and the projected second phase of COVID-19, Citigroup, a New-York based financial service company, has said oil price could hit $60 per barrel in the next 12 months.

Citigroup disclosed this on Thursday during a virtual EMEA Media Summit titled – ‘Navigating the Future: What’s Next in a Post-COVID-19 World’.

“After a substantial underperformance in the last six months relative to several other commodities, crude will eventually bounce back to around $60 per barrel over the next 12 months,” Max Layton, European Head of Commodities Strategy, Citigroup said while giving a presentation on the outlook for commodities in the second half of 2020, and into 2021.

This means Brent crude oil would rise by at least 50 percent from the current level of $42 per barrel in the next 12 months.

“It’s going to be a function of the demand and supply but recently we have been seeing a spike in the demand for some of the commodities,” said Atiq Rehman, Head of EMEA Emerging Markets, Citigroup.

“A lot of these economies are heavily commodity-dependent, and perhaps, in the past have been guilty of not diversifying when they come under pressure. I think perhaps, this recent moves will push them to diversify away from simply commodities,” Grant Carson, Head of TRUK And Non-Presence Countries, Citigroup, stated citing Russian as one of the countries that have recorded success in diversifying away from crude oil.

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Oil Sustains $42 Price Level as OPEC Output Drops to Over Two-Decade Low

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OPEC Oil Output Drops to Over Two-Decade Low in June

Crude oil sustained $42 per barrel price level following a recent survey conducted by Reuters that showed the Organisation for the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) managed to cut oil production to over two-decade low in the month of June.

According to the survey, OPEC’s 13 members pumped 22.62 million barrels per day in June, 1.92 million barrels per day below May’s revised figure. The lowest since May 1991.

OPEC and allies, together referred to as OPEC plus, had agreed to cut oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day in the month of April to rebalance the global oil market and prop up prices amid COVID-19 pandemic.

OPEC’s share of the 9.7 million barrels per day production cut was 6.084 million bpd but OPEC delivered 6.523 million bpd cut in the month of June despite the inconsistencies from Nigeria, Angola and Iraq.

In June, Saudi Arabia reduced production by 1.13 million barrels per day to 7.53 million bpd. While Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates met their quota but struggle to fulfill the extra cuts.

Nigeria, Iraq and Angola continue to struggle in the month of June. However, their performance improved compared to May as Nigeria attained 77 percent compliance level, up from 19 percent in May.

While Iraq and Angola achieved 70 percent and 80 percent compliance level, respectively. Nigeria and Iraq have pledged to cut more in July despite their economic challenges. Angola, however, said it would not be able to cut extra oil production until October.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is measured, rose to $42.48 per barrel on Friday as at 2:58 pm Nigerian time.

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