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FG Projects GDP Growth of 4.2% by 2017- Adeosun

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The Federal Government has projected rise in the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, growth to 4.2 percent by 2017.

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, made this projection when she addressed Chief Financial Officers, CFOs, at the just concluded KPMG Professional Services CFO Forum and Survey Launch in Lagos.

In her presentation on the theme; Outlook of the Nigerian Economy, she noted that the country’s GDP for 2015 was the lowest in the last 15 years, at an average of 4 percent.

“Nigeria GDP, growth from 2005 to 2010 was at an average of 9 percent, and everybody was trying to announce about Nigeria saying, how fantastically we have been doing with great money in the economy.

“But we are actually mastering some vulnerability because if you look at the drop from 2010 to 2011, it was an average of 5 percent while oil price was still high.

“There was vulnerability building up in the economy, and this situation has been breeding for quite a while, and then we have the drop in crude price at 2015 and our GDP drop to an average of 4 percent.”

“My administration plan basically is to stimulate the economy to achieve a real GDP growth rate of 4.2 percent by 2017, then reduce the cost of governance, extract efficiencies in the public service and enhance collection of internally generated revenues.

“Also, we want to increase government expenditure on infrastructure, and then we are going to try and fund this budget deficit in the most efficient manner possible.

“There was vulnerability building up in the economy, and this situation has been breeding for quite a while, and then we have the drop in crude price at 2015 and our GDP drop to an average of 4 percent.”

The Minister further lamented that, “the GDP growth, is consumption led, and basically what we are doing is pumping the oil out of the ground and then spending it on import. There is no good gross capital formation in the economy, and without gross capital formation we can’t build our system.

“If the economy is growing because we are buying mobile phone or private jet, it’s actually not good growth, its growth, but it’s not a sustainable growth for the country.”

We are carrying out expansionary on fiscal budget, what do we do, we have come up to 6 trillion, we did that for the following reason, we have two option, as you can see, where we are, we would slide into recession no doubt, if we continue with the size of budget we have.

Also speaking, Partner and Head of Audit, KPMG Professional Services, Mr. Tola Adeyemi added that, the objective of CFOs, “is to provide a platform for them to network and share leading practices, create an additional channel to interact with regulators and senior government officials.”

In attaining the ideal finance function, he stated that “there is need for increasing involvement beyond the traditional roles of measurement and reporting, clear requirements for evolving skills, finance function needs to “earn the respect” of the business and need for additional assurance in a number of areas.

“Also, on creating a sustainable cost advantage, only 6 percent of cost saving initiatives achieves their target and 44 percent achieve less than 50 percent of target savings,” he added.

He lamented that the biggest barriers are usually, inadequate processes to drive cost reduction, resistance from employees and insufficient incentives to reward prudent cost management responsibility for cost management is not always clear.

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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IMF to Review Nigeria’s Growth Forecast Amid Destruction of Businesses, Properties

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IMF Says it May Review Nigeria’s Growth  Amid Recent Development in the Country

Following the destruction of businesses and properties that trailed the #EndSARS protest, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it may review the nation’s growth forecast in view of the new development in the country.

Abebe Selassie, the Director, African Department, International Monetary Fund, made the statement while responding to questions during a virtual IMF press conference on the economic outlook of Sub-Saharan Africa on Thursday.

According to him, the protest is difficult given that Lagos is a very important economic hub and contributes to the overall Nigeria activities.

Selassie said, “On the growth projections in Nigeria, I mean, these protests happened of course, after we had closed, after the period where the data we looked at in making the growth projections for this economic outlook.

“And much will depend really on how these protests evolve.

“Lagos of course, is a very important economic hub and contributes quite a bit of economic activity to overall Nigeria activities.

“So, if these persist and are showing significant effects on economic data, we will internalise them in due course.”

He further explained that the nation’s economy had been a difficult one in the last four years ever since oil prices plunged in 2015-16.

He said, “I think this is exactly why we have been on the record in Nigeria about how really critical it is to get all of the policy induced barriers out of the way to facilitate stronger economic growth.

“For the government to do more to raise revenues through the area of non-oil resources to be able to invest in health education which would, you know, allow people to be more successful at getting jobs but also improve the economy’s potential.

“So, I think that development agenda that Nigeria has, I think, has to be tackled with gusto and vigor so that the millions of jobs that the country needs can be created.”

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Oil Marketers Lose Millions as Hoodlums Set Petrol Tankers on Fire

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Oil Tankers Burnt by Hoodlums as Marketers Lose Millions to Protest

Oil marketers lost millions of Naira to repeated attacks by hoodlums exploiting the #EndSARS protest.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria on Thursday said hoodlums have been attacking their trucks since they hijacked the protest earlier in the week.

The association said three petrol laden trucks were burnt again on Thursday in Warri, Delta State.

This came as the Board of Trustees of the Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Area Landlords Association of Nigerian urged protesters across the country to sheathe their swords as the destruction of oil assets and others had become alarming.

Chief Chinedu Ukadike, the Public Relations Officer, IPMAN, who spoke in Abuja said three petrol tankers with petroleum products estimated at about N90 million were set on fire on Thursday.

He said, “The protesters are burning our petrol trucks as we speak right now in Warri. They are burning three trucks. The cost or value of the content in those trucks is about N90m.

“That is outside the worth of the trucks that are being burnt. This is why we asked our tanker drivers to park or temporarily halt the movement of products.”

Ukadike said the association decided to halt the movement of petroleum products on Wednesday to avert a further disaster that could arise attack of oil tankers by angry protesters.

That advise on the temporary halt of tankers movement was vital, particularly for volatile locations where protesters are highly aggressive. So that is what is happening now in Warri, the petrol trucks of oil marketers are being burnt,” he stated on Thursday.

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LCCI Says FG Loses N700bn to #EndSARS Protest in 12 Days

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Nigeria Loses Over N700 Billion to #EndSARS Protest in 12 Days

The Federal Government lost over N700 billion to the #EndSARS protest in twelve days, according to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

Mrs. Toki Mabogunje, the President, LCCI, disclosed this while reviewing the economic implications of the just ended #EndSARS protest.

Mabogunje, who appreciated the value of citizens engagement and the demand for accountability which the protest represents, lamented the negative effect on the nation’s economy.

She said, “These are in consonance with democratic norms. They also form vital ingredients for good governance.

“LCCI is however concerned about the negative impact that the protracted nature of the EndSars protests has on business activities across the country.

“Over the past twelve days, economic activities have been crippled in most parts of the country and has been particularly profound in the urban areas.

“The Nigerian economy has suffered an estimated seven hundred billion naira (N700 billion) loss in the past twelve days.”

She further said the protest has reawakened the need to reform the shortcomings in the nation’s political governance, however added that to protect livelihoods of Nigerians, including business community, the protesters need to move to next stage of civic engagement.

This is necessary to reduce the massive disruptions, blockades and barricades around our major cities and interstate highways. These actions have been at great cost to the economy and the welfare of Nigerian citizens. It should be noted that our economy is still reeling from the shocks of the Covid 19 Pandemic and struggling to recover from its devastating effects,” she added.

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