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Non-oil Sector Growth Looks Positive Amid Q2 Decline

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Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product has contracted by 2.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2016, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. However, seven activities in the non-oil sector recorded positive growth.

The activities that drove growth in the non-oil sector included: agriculture; Information and Communication; water supply; arts, entertainment and recreation; professional, scientific, education and technical services..

Although growth in the sector declined by 0.38 in real terms in Q2 2016, the sector contributed 91.74 per cent to the nation’s GDP, higher from shares recorded in Q1 which was 89.71 per cent and Q2 2015 which was 90.20 per cent, according to the NBS data.

An earlier data compiled by the Bloomberg had put growth in the sector at -0.36 per cent in Q1 2016.

A 2.1 per cent GDP contraction beat analysts’ forecast by 0.5 per cent. The median of 17 economist estimates compiled by Bloomberg was for 1.6 per cent contraction.

Bloomberg quoted an analyst at the London-based Capital Economics Limited, John Ashbourne, as saying that there was poor performance across almost the entire economy, adding, “Every engine has blown out.”

But there have been a lot of efforts on the part of the government to diversify the economy by leveraging agriculture and other activities. In line with this vision, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has been carrying out sweeping reforms meant to enhance crop production across key food chains.

He stated during the launch of his most recent reform-the Agriculture Promotion Policy- that it was a “refreshed strategy” to tackle foreign exchange scarcity, end food importation and boost local food production.

According to him, the programme has placed priority on improving productivity of a number of crops and activities such as rice, wheat, maize, fish (aquaculture), dairy milk, soya beans, poultry, horticulture (fruits and vegetables), and sugar.

He said, “Nigeria believes that the gap can be closed by partnering private investors across farmer groups and companies to develop end-to-end value chain solutions. These chains will receive facilitated government support as they make deep commitments to engaging a new generation of farmers, improving supply of specialised fertilizers and protection chemicals, as well as wider scale use of high-yielding seeds.”

The agriculture programme is also receiving support at the state levels where states like Taraba, Lagos, Ebonyi and so many others have embarked on aggressive programmes targeted at enhancing productivity in crops and activities where each state has comparative advantage. While Taraba and Ebonyi have been consolidating on local rice production advantage, Lagos State has taken advantage of its natural environment to develop aquaculture and other key minerals found in abundance in the state.

The Federal Government is targeting tax revenue from activities in the non-oil sector to finance the 2016 budget amidst declining oil revenue.

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 market.

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Nigeria to Become Leading Gold Producer in West Africa – Adegbite

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Adegbite Says Nigeria to Become Gold Hub in West Africa

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, has said Nigeria is on its way to becoming a leading gold producer in West Africa.

Adegbite made the statement in Abuja while taking stock of his first year in office as minister.

He said, “Indeed, the international roadshows we have had in the past have produced fruits. Today, we have Thor exploration in Osun State through the Segilola Gold project.

“The exploration firm is projected to start producing (gold) in the first half of next year. The project is expected to create about 400 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs.”

According to Adegbite, the Federal Government has licensed two gold refineries that would refine in line with the London Bullion Market Association standard.

He added, “Numerous industries will spring up when our gold economy becomes full-fledged. Some of them will include equipment leasing and repairs, logistics and transport, as gold requires a specialised means of transport, security, insurance, aggregators, and so on.”

The minister noted that for the first time, the country had mined, processed and refined gold under the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative for use as part of Nigeria’s external reserves.

Adegbite also stated that the mines ministry had initiated a process that would lead to local capacity development in the production of barite.

“Presently, the barite that is used in the oil and gas industry is imported. But we are resolved to reverse this trend. As you may know, barite is a critical weighting material in drilling fluids due to its high specific gravity,” he said.

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NUPENG, Lagos State Agree to Call Off Strike

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NUPENG Agrees With Lagos State, Call Off Strike

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Gas (NUPENG) has ordered Lagos State Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTDs) to call off its ongoing strike.

This was disclosed in a joint communique signed by the Lagos Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, and the NUPENG Deputy National President, Solomon Kilanko.

It would be recalled that Investors King had reported that NUPENG directed all PTDs to withdraw their services from Lagos State effective from Monday 10 August 2020 because of the persistent extortions and harassments of PTDs by both uniform security agencies and touts.

However, on the 10th of August, the commencement day of the strike, Lagos State government met with the leadership of NUPENG to address the union concerns and eventually agreed on a way forward.

Part of the communique reads “The Lagos State Government met today with the representatives of NUPENG, which agreed to call off its strike immediately.

“Other decisions taken at the meeting are security – the state government will meet the heads of all security agencies and secure their commitment to ensure the free passage of petroleum products vehicles given their importance to the economy.”

“Area boys’ – the menace of ‘area boys’ will be handled by relevant government agencies and a dedicated phone number will be established, within the next week to ensure the petroleum products transporters have prompt access to security agencies.”

The communique also stated that the Lagos State government will set up a standing committee to communicate with the union on an ongoing basis, saying it will help address a similar issue going forward.  See the complete communique below.

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Crude Oil Expands Gain on US Stimulus talks, Better Than Expected Chinese Factory Data

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Crude Oil Gains on US Stimulus, Better Than Expected Chinese Factory Data

Oil prices extended its gains on Tuesday following a better than expected factory data from China and a possible agreement between Democrats and Republicans on economic stimulus.

“The oil complex is heavily reliant on that aid. We need people to be able to boost economic activity to spur demand,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital in New York.

President Trump on Monday said House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, top Democrat in the chamber of Congress, wanted to meet him to discuss or make a deal on coronavirus-related economic stimulus.

The possibility of a stimulus deal, coupled with a reduction in China’s factory deflation in the month of July due to the surge in oil prices and improved industrial activity bolstered the outlook of the energy sector.

China is the world’s largest importer of crude oil. Therefore, improved factory activity generally boosts the oil market.

Also, the announcement from Iraq that it planned to cut an additional 400,000 barrels per day in August and September to compensate for its previous overproduction above OPEC+ quota aided the oil market this week.

“This would send out a strong signal to the oil market on various levels. That said, this would also require the international companies operating in Iraq to join in with the cuts,” Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg said.

The Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, expanded from $41.30 per barrel it traded on Monday to $45.40 per barrel on Tuesday at 10:10 am Nigerian time.

UKOilDaily 1While the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose from $41.48 per barrel to $42.47 per barrel on Tuesday.

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