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Naira Weakens Further to 517 Against Dollar

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Naira Weakens Further to 517 Against Dollar

The naira fell further against the dollar at the parallel market on Wednesday after staying steady at 515/$ in recent days.

The naira had strengthened to 506/$ on August 4 after dipping to 525/$ at the parallel market on July 28, a day after the Central Bank of Nigeria stopped foreign exchange sales to Bureaux de Change.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, had on July 27, at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting, announced the stoppage of forex sale to the BDCs, saying they had turned themselves into ‘agents that facilitate graft and corrupt activities of people who seek illicit fund flow and money laundering in Nigeria’.

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He said the CBN would channel a significant portion of its weekly allocation currently meant for BDCs to commercial banks to meet legitimate forex demand for ordinary Nigerians and businesses.

It was reported that the total forex transactions on FMDQ Securities Exchange rose by about 2.24 per cent last week.

The Exchange said in the forex spot and derivatives markets, the total turnover for the week ended August 13, 2021 was $692.60m, up from $677.44m reported for the previous week.

It said the week-on-week increase in turnover was driven by the 12.31 per cent increase in the forex spot, despite the 24.06 per cent decrease in forex derivatives turnover.

The total value of transactions in the Investors’ & Exporters’ window was $550.14m, representing an increase of 12.31 per cent from $489.85m in the previous week.

According to the Exchange, the average Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Fixing rate was N411.17/$, compared to N411.16/$ recorded in the previous week, representing a depreciation of the naira against the dollar by 0.003 per cent.

The naira, however, appreciated against the dollar by 0.04 per cent at the parallel market as it averaged 510.60/$, compared to 510.80/$ in the previous week.

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Federal Government Set To Recover £200 Million Stolen Nigerian Funds From The U.S

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Federal Government Set To Recover £200 Million Stolen Nigerian Funds From The U.S

The house of representatives on Wednesday indicated its willingness to investigate the probable exclusion of river states from the list of states to benefit from the federal government’s borrowings.

The lower chamber is to probe the possible omission of the oil-rich state as a beneficiary of states earmarked for projects.

This is the sequel to a motion of urgent public importance by representative Solomon bob alleging that rivers is the only state out of the 36 states to be left out.

The lawmaker further alleged discrimination against rivers state which contributes enormously to the federation account.

The house has mandated its committee on aids and loans to liaise with the presidency to include rivers state in the loans if it is found to be the only state that has been excluded.

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The move by the house of reps is coming two days after the rivers state governor, nyesom wike described as an act of discrimination, the alleged refusal of the federal government to include rivers as one of the states that would benefit from projects, for which it was seeking fresh foreign loans to execute.

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Senate Passes The 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure And Fiscal Strategy Paper, Retains President Buhari’s Projections

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Senate Passes The 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure And Fiscal Strategy Paper, Retains President Buhari’s Projections

The Senate on Wednesday passed the 2022-2024 medium-term expenditure and fiscal strategy paper, retaining all the assumptions and projections submitted to it by the president, Muhammadu, in July 2021.

 

The red chamber retained the exchange rate of n410.15 per dollar proposed by the executive and also approved the projected gross domestic product growth rate of 4.20 percent.

 

The Senate retained the projected inflation rate of 13 percent fiscal deficit estimate of n5.62 trillion.

 

President Buhari’s projected new borrowings of n4.89 trillion, including foreign and domestic borrowing, were also retained and approved.

 

The $3.5 billion international monetary fund loan at the rate of 0.01 percent to 0.02 percent proposed by the president was also approved to shore up the internal borrowing and to reduce external borrowing because of the exchange rate risks.

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The senate further retained the federal government’s 2022 revenue projection of n8.36 trillion; and expenditure of n13.98 trillion among others.

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Import Index Grows by 1.07% Between April and June — NBS

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Import index grows by 1.07% between April and June — NBS

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the all-commodity group import index grew marginally by 1.07 percent between April and June.
This, it disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja, in the “Commodity Price Indices and Terms of Trade for Quarter Two, 2021” published on its website.

According to the report, the growth was driven mainly by-products of the chemical and allied industries (1.40 percent), wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal and articles (1.37 percent), and paper-making material, paper and paperboard articles (1.23 percent).

The NBS also said that between April and May, the all-commodity group import price index grew marginally by 0.12 percent.
This, it said, was due to marginal increases in the index of products of the chemical and Allied industries (0.78 percent), wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal and articles (0.72 per cent), paper making material, paper and paperboard (0.44 percent).

The document said that the all-commodity group export index increased by 0.72 percent between April and June drove mainly by an increase in the prices of products of the chemical and allied industries (2.54 percent).
Others are plastic rubber and articles (0.85 percent) and mineral products (0.74 percent).

It, however, said that the index was negatively affected by live animals, animal products (-2.61 percent), vehicles, aircraft, and parts (-0.24 percent), and wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal, and articles (-0.23 percent).

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The NBS explained that Terms of Trade (TOT) represent the ratio between a country’s export prices and its import prices.

“The ratio is calculated by dividing the price of the exports by the price of the imports, usually in percentage terms.

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