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Buhari presents N10.33trn as 2020 Budget of ‘Fiscal Consolidation’

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… N2.45 trillion for debt servicing; N296bn as Sinking Fund to “retire maturing bonds to local contractors”***

The President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday unveiled a budget of N10.33 trillion before a joint session of the National Assembly (NASS), for the 2020 fiscal year.

Addressing the lawmakers at about 2.00pm, the president said the 2020 budget was designed to be a budget of “Fiscal consolidation, to strengthen our macroeconomic environment; Investing in critical infrastructure, human capital development and enabling institutions, especially in key job creating sectors.’’

He added that the budget was meant for “Incentivising private sector investment essential to complement the government’s development plans, policies and programmes; and enhancing our social investment programmes to further deepen their impact on those marginalised and most vulnerable Nigerians.”

The Federal Executive Council had proposed N10.007 trillion for the financial year but the figure was increased to N10.33 trillion by the National Assembly.

According to him, the total Federal Government revenue in 2020 is N8.155trillion comprising oil revenue of N2.64 trillion, non-oil tax revenues of N1.81 trillion and other revenue of N3.7trillion.

“This is seven per cent higher than the 2019 comparative estimate of N7.594 trillion inclusive of the Government Owned Enterprises,’’ he said.

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The president said non-debt recurrent expenditure include N3.6 trillion for personnel and pension costs, an increase of N620.28 over the 2019 fiscal year figure.

“This increase reflects the new minimum wage as well as our proposals to improve remuneration and welfare of our police and armed forces,’’ he said.

He disclosed that N2.46 trillion was earmarked for capital projects, inclusive of N318.06 billion in statutory transfers.

Other estimates are N556.7 billion for statutory transfers; N2.45 trillion for debt servicing and provision of N296 billion as sinking fund.

He explained that the sinking fund would be used to “retire maturing bonds to local contractors”.

The 2020 budget is based on an oil production estimate of 2.18 million barrels per day, oil price benchmark of 57 dollars per barrel and an exchange rate of N305 to a dollar.

Other benchmarks are: real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), growth rate of 2.93 per cent while inflation rate “is expected to remain slightly above single digits in 2020’’

On sectoral allocation, the president said the Ministry of Interior would get N35 billion as against N569 billion in 2019, Defence (N100 billion), Education (N48 billion) and Health (N46 billion) for some key spending

He noted with delight the continued recovery of the nation’s economy as well as the increase in the foreign reserve from 23 billion dollars in 2016 to N42.5 billion dollars in August.

“This increase is largely due to favourable prices of crude oil in the international market, minimal disruption of crude oil production given the stable security in the Niger Delta region and our import substitution drive, especially in key commodities,’’ he explained.

 

 

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CBN Revokes Licenses Of 4,173 BDCs

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced the revocation of the operational licences of 4,173 Bureaux De Change (BDCs) for failure to observe some regulatory provisions.

According to a statement issued by CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mrs Hakama Sidi on Friday in Abuja, the move is an exercise of the powers conferred on it under the Bank
and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA).

Sidi said that the list of affected BDC operators was available on the Bank’s
website.

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She said that the affected institutions failed to observe at least one of the following regulatory provisions:

They are payment of all necessary fees, including licence renewal, within the stipulated period in line with the guidelines.

Others are the rendition of returns in line with the guidelines and compliance with directives and circulars of the CBN, particularly Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), and Counter-Proliferation Financing (CPF) regulations.

“The CBN is revising the regulatory and supervisory guidelines for BDC operations in Nigeria.

” Compliance with the new requirements will be mandatory for all
stakeholders in the sector when the revised guidelines become effective.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to take note and be guided accordingly,” she said. (NAN

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NGX: Stock Market Performance Indices Up By 0.33%

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Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

…Guinea Insurance leads the losers’ chart

The stock market on Tuesday maintained a bullish trend, bringing the benchmark indices up by 0.33 percent, to close at N39.349 trillion as against N39.219 trillion recorded on Monday.

Specifically, the market capitalisation gained N130 billion, representing 0.33 percent.

Also, the All-Share Index gained 327.35 points or 0.33 percent to stand at 71,907.26 as against 71,669.91

The increase was due to sustained buying interest in MTN Nigeria and Tier-one bank stocks; namely Guaranty Trust Company(GTCo) Access Holdings, among others.

As a result, the Year-to-Date (YTD) return rose to 40.30 percent.

On top stock traders, Julius Berger led by volume with N42.54 million, valued at N14.73 billion, while GTCo was the most traded stock by value with N84.92 billion units traded.

The gainers table was led by Infinity with 9.79 percent to close at N2.13 per share.

SCOA Nigeria Plc followed with a gain of 9.45 percent to close at N1.62, while Daar Communication rose by 8.82 percent to close at N0.37 per share.

Royal Exchange increased by 8.47 percent to close at N0.64, while Neimeth appreciated by 7.89 percent to close at N2.05 per share.

Stock Market Gains N18bn; FTN Cocoa Processors, Prestige Assurance lead Losers’ Chart 

On the other hand, Guinea Insurance led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 10 percent to close at N0.27 per share.

This was followed by Conoil with 9.83 percent to close at N78.00 per share.

Juli shed 9.72 percent to close at N0.65, Omatek closed at 8.75 percent, indicating a loss of N0.73, while Thomaswy lost 8.13 percent to close at N3.05.

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Reps Committee Issues Warrant Of Arrest On CBN Governor, Others

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition has issued a warrant of arrest on the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, the Accountant General of the Federation, Mrs Oluwatoyin Madein, and 17 others for refusing to appear before it to answer questions on their operations.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) at the committee’s hearing on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Agbedi said that the arrest warrant had become inevitable following the attitude of the invitees.

He said that the parliament worked with time and the CEOs had been invited four times but failed to respond.

He said that the CEOs should be brought to appear before the committee by the Inspector General of Police through a warrant of arrest after due diligence by the Speaker, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the committee, Rep.    Micheal Irom (APC-Cross River)  said that the I-G should ensure the CEOs were brought before the committee on Dec. 14.

Earlier, the petitioner, Mr Fidelis Uzowanem, said that the petition was anchored on the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) report of 2021.

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He said that the report was a summary of the transactions in the oil and gas industry for 2021 which NEITI could to be challenged.

“We took up the challenge to examine the report and discovered that what NEITI put together is a report is only a consolidation of fraud that has been going on in the oil and gas industry.

“It dates back to 2016 because was have been following and we put up a petition to this committee to examine what has happened.

“The 2024 budget of 27.5 trillion that has been proposed can be confidently be funded from the recoverable amount that we identified in the NEITI report.

“It is basically a concealment of illegal transactions that took place in NNPCL, they have been in the sink with some oil companies where some companies that did not produce crude were paid cash core, an amount paid for crude oil production,” he said.
He added: “We also found that the cash core payment was used as a channel for laundering funds by NNPCL and we found out that NEITI was able to conceal it in its report.

“In 2021 NEITI reported that Total Exploration and Production Nigeria-Ltd was paid 168 million dollars but examination of submission by the company shows that it received 292 million dollars.

“In other words, 124 million dollars was laundered by NNPCL through Total because monies that have been officially paid to Total could not have been concealed if it were not meant for fraudulent purposes.

“Also for Chevron, the dollar payment NEITI puts forward in its report was 76 million dollars but document emanating from Chevron showed that they received as much as 267 million dollars.”

“In other words, 191 million was laundered under the cover of Chevron and NEITI concealed that; also, Nigeria Agip Company received 188 million dollars but none of it was reported by NEITI”.

Some of those to be arrested were the Chief Executive Officer, of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), of Ethiop Eastern Exploration and Production Company Ltd, as well as the CEO of Western Africa Exploration and Production.

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