- We’re Not Getting Forex at N305/$1, Oil Marketers Lament
The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria has said its members are not getting foreign exchange at N305 to a dollar for the importation of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has been the sole importer of petrol into the country for more than a year as private oil marketers stopped importation due to a shortage of forex and increase in crude oil prices, which were said to have made the landing cost of the product higher than the official pump price of N145 per litre.
The Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, NNPC, Mr Henry Ikem-Obih, had, during a panel discussion on Wednesday at the just-concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, said the forex intervention scheme, which was rolled out by the Central Bank of Nigeria and co-managed by the NNPC had been extremely successful.
“Since that scheme was set up, we have received applications from marketers for $7.2bn worth of forex. In terms of actual disbursement, about 50 per cent of the applications got funding. But the truth is that the forex that came through that scheme, especially for PMS, got potential funding for the majority of the applicants and forex was available to the marketers. However, applications that came in for AGO, HHK, ATK also got forex at N305. And so, I don’t agree that access to forex is a big issue for marketers,” he had said.
But the Chairman, MOMAN, Mr Tunji Oyebanji, who spoke on the sidelines of the event, said marketers had not resumed petrol importation as they could not access forex at N305/$1.
“We don’t know who is getting foreign exchange at N305/$1. If we are getting it at that rate for petrol, we will be importing. But we are not getting it. Yes, when the scheme started, that was the plan and CBN was the one handling it. Eventually, the NNPC took over it, and we don’t know who is getting it at N305. So, maybe he can enlighten us by publishing the names of those who are getting it,” he said.
Oyebanji, who is the Managing Director of 11Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc), said, “We are not importing PMS at all but if we want to import Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) or Aviation Turbine Kerosene (aviation fuel), we have to go and buy at N330 or N346. You can’t compete because the NNPC is bringing everything at N305; so, it is not a level-playing field at all.”
Asked what exchange rate would enable the marketers to resume the importation of petrol, he said, “If we were getting at N305, maybe we will be able to [import]. But again, technically, for the country as a whole, does it even make sense? In the market, your dollar is being sold at N360; so what Nigeria should be earning for every dollar is N360. That is really the market value.
“So, every time you are even selling it at N305, you are also subsidising and it is a loss to the country. So, we all have to determine what we want to do.”
FG Says Nigeria’s Rice Production Rises by 1.2mmt in Three years
FG Interventions Boost Rice Production by 1.2mmt in Three Years
The Federal Government has said the nation’s rice production increased by 1.2 million metric tonnes within three years due to its interventions in the rice value chain.
This was disclosed by Mustapha Shehuri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, in Omor and Umerum at Ayamelum Local Government, Anambra State while assessing the Federal Government rice farms/mills project there.
He added that the federal government is working on revitalising its rice farm in Anambra to boost rice production, increase new jobs and improve the standard of the people in the state and Nigeria at large.
The minister was quoted as saying, “The present administration has provided various interventions to promote investment in the rice sector.
“As a result of these interventions, the country has increased its production from 4.8 million metric tonnes of milled rice in 2015 to over six million metric tonnes by 2019 with huge reduction in the nation’s deficit.”
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is pursuing and implementing programmes to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production because of its strategic importance as a major staple food crop.
Lagos State Declares N89bn Surplus in 2019 After BudgIT False Report
Lagos State Economically and Financial Stable, Declared N89bn Surplus in 2019
Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has declared an impressive N89 billion surplus for the year ended 2019.
This was disclosed in the state’s 2019 Audited Financial Statements.
The report was released following BudgIT, a public sector-focused financial information house, recent report titled ‘Ability of States to Meet Monthly Recurrent Expenditure and Loan Repayment Obligations, 2019’, that claimed the state was among states that can not meet monthly recurrent expenditure and loan repayment obligations.
A report, BudgIT later withdrew and apologised for misleading the public as several factors were not taken into consideration during the report. It added that Lagos was financially buoyant, and the only state with such financial capacity to function without federal allocations.
On Monday, Dr Rabiu Olowo, Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, in a statement to media houses, said the state was economically and financially buoyant.
In the statement titled ‘Lagos financially, economically stable’ said the commissioner said the state is presently doing 103 percent of the budget targets despite COVID-19, this he said is well above 2019 figures.
Buhari to Inaugurate Nigeria’s First Standard Gauge Train in Itakpe-Warri Today
Nigeria’s First Standard Gauge Train to Be Inaugurated Today
President Muhammadu Buhari will be in Itapke-Warri today, September 29, 2020 to inaugurate Nigeria’s first standard gauge train, the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line.
Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation disclosed this on Sunday.
Okhiria explained that President Buhari will conduct the inauguration virtually and not be physically present at the event.
He, however, said Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, would lead other members of the Federal Executive Council as well as other government functionaries to the event.
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