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Nigeria’s Small Scale Businesses To Benefit From ADB’s $500m Fund – Osinbajo

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Nigeria's Small Scale Businesses To Benefit From ADB's $500m Fund - Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the weekend, said small scale business operators would be the major beneficiaries of a $500 million support fund from the African Development Bank (ADB).

Osinbajo stated this while speaking at the 33rd Inaugural Lecture of the Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo and the 65th birthday celebration of the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluseyi Oduyoye.

The VP at the lecture themed, ‘From the Small Business to Big Business: A Future with Little Hope’, noted that the fund from the ADB would be be a boost to small scale enterprises, noting it would be an addition to the N75 billion the federal government has made available for young people and small businesses in the country.

Osinbajo further noted that it was important for the country to keep on working on its small businesses as they are the future of the country, adding that “such small businesses bring hope and job opportunities for the people”.

He added: “The Africa Development Bank(AFDB) has agreed to support the government with five hundred million dollars for small businesses, technology in particular.

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“So, we think that this is something that is going to be very helpful in addition to the seventy-five billion naira fund which the Federal Government has set up for young people and small businesses.

“We must keep working on small businesses because that sector is the future of our country and those businesses bring hope, job, opportunities and I strongly believe that this is where we will love to be headed.”

The VP disclosed that after the Federal Government realised that the Medium Small Scale Enterprise is the way to go, opted to have MSMEs Clinics in all the states of the federation, with a view to ensuring that small businesses do not go through too many obstacles in meeting with regulatory agencies that could aid their development.

Osinbajo added that about twelve states of the federation have one-stop centers where business owners can meet with all the regulatory agencies as they all have offices in the states, saying “one of the things the Federal Government was able to do for small business owners during the COVID-19 period was the availability of MSME Survival Funds that gave almost a million business owners the needed support”.

“Our government decided to do what is described as MSME clinics, this is a commission that I have the privilege of chairing. And what do the clinics do is that we go to every state of the federation almost on a bi-monthly basis and work with state governments to support small businesses across the country.

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“The clinic was designed to bring regulatory agencies whose work affect the business enterprise of MSMEs, so what we do is that we go to the state and we go with the regulatory agencies. The idea is to bring the regulatory agencies to the various states so that the MSMEs can meet with them and discuss on various problems.

“One of the things we did with MSMEs during COVID- 19 and right after it was MSMEs Survival Fund: The fund gave almost a million businesses support after the pandemic, we paid three month salaries for several MSMEs, especially private primary and secondary schools. We paid for teachers and also for several transport owners,” the VP disclosed.

Osinbajo, who pointed out that the Federal Government created resource centres in some states where clusters for farming and processing are made available, added that the resource centres would avail farmers with the needed resources to get their own equipment come together and use the equipment at the centre.

Earlier, Prof. Oduyoye while calling on the Federal Government to pay more attention towards the survival of small businesses in the country, noted that small businesses often fail to develop as a result of lack of finance and harsh tax policies of government.

He also called on the FG to ensure that it creates a body like the American Small Business Administration(SBA) and the Nigerian Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria(SMEDAN) to deal with problems of small businesses in the country.

According to him, small businesses when fully backed by government tend to promote innovations through a close cooperation with customers .

 

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Oil Price Soars Above $85

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Oil Price Soars Above $85

The global oil benchmark, Brent oil, has crossed the $85 mark — the highest level since October 2018 — in what is a potential boost to Nigeria’s oil export revenue.

Brent crude futures traded as high as $85.07 a barrel on Friday morning.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 0.85 percent to $82 a barrel.

Two weeks ago, Brent crude topped $80 per barrel.

The surge followed a rise in demand for energy that resulted from the decision of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies to maintain its gradual monthly oil production increase.

The crude oil market has continued to boom amidst surging gas prices, gradual global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout.

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The rise in crude oil price will result in increased revenue for Nigeria, but the country’s subsidy shortfall payments may erode the gains.

Nigeria, one of Africa’s top producers, is struggling to boost output to the quota set by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to keep up with increasing global demand.

In September, Nigeria’s oil production increased marginally to an average of 1.25 million barrels per day from 1.24 million the previous month.

In June, Kyari had said rising crude oil prices will cause problems for resource-dependent countries such as Nigeria.

He lamented that oil prices had started exiting the comfort zone set by the NNPC and becoming a burden for the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has budgeted $57 per barrel as the oil benchmark in the 2022 budget.

 

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Adebayo Asks UK To Address Challenges Faced By Nigerian Businesses

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Adebayo Asks UK To Address Challenges Faced By Nigerian Businesses

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, has urged the United Kingdom (UK) government to address the challenges faced by Nigerian businesses, especially with regard to restrictions and tariffs.

Adebayo who spoke at the 6th ministerial meeting of the UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum (EDF) held virtually on Friday, said :

“In as much as we are flexible and committed towards facilitating UK business concerns, we also request that the UK should continue to reciprocate and address the challenges faced by Nigerian businesses, especially with regard to restrictions and tariffs.”

The minister also hoped that as the impact of COVID-19 eases on economies, efforts towards building capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises to attain relevant certifications for export to UK and EU markets will be prioritized.

He stressed the importance of the trade policy relationship between the two countries, pointing out that work was in progress towards reviewing Nigeria’s trade policy document to reflect current realities.

Adebayo commended the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Ahmed Ali for being proactive in improving trade facilitation for UK businesses in Nigeria, saying “It is my hope that the U.K remains committed to facilitating deliberations for the purpose of addressing issues raised at the 4th Business Dialogue.”

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On the agreements reached at the forum, he said, “I wish to emphasize the need to revive the workstreams with timelines, which had been adopted in the past, as a means of keeping track of our deliberations and commitments.

“I also encourage periodic stock-taking of our progress, to ensure that we are on course with committing to timelines and most importantly to ensure compliance with agreed decisions.”

Participants at the forum include Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, United Kingdom Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Ms. Helen Grant, MP, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, Mr. Alistair Long, British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ben Llewellin-Jones and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali.

 

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How To Know You Will Achieve Financial Freedom

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How To Know You Will Achieve Financial Freedom

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Grace Agada

One of the wisest things to do early on in your career is to know upfront if you will achieve financial freedom. And to then assess what kind of financial freedom you will achieve and what your chances are of achieving total financial freedom. This is because not everyone that sets out to achieve financial freedom will achieve it.

Research shows that out of every 100 people only 20% achieve financial freedom. And out of every 100 working professionals only 15% will end up in retirement financially free.  The big question is-Where would you be at the end of your career? And what gives you the confidence that you will achieve financial freedom? Thus, the goal of today’s article is to show you some of the factors that will affect your ability to achieve financial freedom. And to then show you how to increase your chances of achieving it if your current chances are low.

But before we begin, let us first define what financial freedom is and what it means to be financially free. Financial freedom is the ability to fund your life from passive income. It is your ability to move from a life that is funded solely by active income to a life that is funded by passive income. To achieve financial freedom, you must separate your physical presence from your income such that your absence is no longer a disadvantage. This means that your income must come regardless of where you are, how you work, and whether you choose to work. This kind of financial freedom can only be achieved when you have investments whose investing work can be completed before retirement and whose cash-flow can last for a lifetime.

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Judging from where you stand and the time you have left, would you be able to achieve this kind of financial freedom? The best way to know is to look at your current life. If 100% of your current life is still dependent on an active income, you still have a long way to go. The only way to achieve this kind of financial freedom is to create a stable passive income that is worth the size of your current income and then transfer your source of livelihood to it. Only then can you achieve total financial freedom.

The truth is your current active income only has one purpose. And this purpose is to provide you the resources that you need to be free from depending on a passive  income. If you fail to wean yourself off your active income before retirement, there will be unprecedented financial consequences awaiting you in the future.

So, now that you know what financial freedom is let’s see how to know you will achieve it without fail.

There are three factors that will show you if you would achieve financial freedom. And your understanding or ignorance of these three factors is what will determine your financial success.

The first factor is how you interpret your childhood experiences.

The second factor is who you are modelling.

And the third factor is discipline.

How you Interpret Your Childhood Experiences
One of the things that will affect your financial decisions in life is your childhood experiences. Your childhood experiences will affect how you spend, save and what you invest in and prioritize as important. Yet your background and childhood experiences only play a little role in determining your overall success. This is true because successful people come from poor backgrounds, and successful people also come from rich backgrounds. So, no matter your background you can achieve financial freedom. But there is one thing that can determine your success to a greater degree. This one thing is how you interpret your background and childhood experiences.

There are only two interpretations that you can derive from your childhood experiences. The first is a positive interpretation and the second is a negative interpretation. Positive interpretations see the good in your background and experiences and uses this good to propel you towards success. It also helps you make more wealth-creating decisions. Negative interpretations see the bad in your background and experiences and uses this bad to demotivate you from success. It also uses this bad to help you make more wealth-draining decisions. Thus, the most rewarding positive interpretation to have, is to see your background as the reason why you will be successful. And the most negative interpretation to have, is to see your background as the reason why life is hard for you.

A person with a negative interpretation sees themselves as deprived and disadvantaged. The moment they begin working, they will make decisions that drain their income and give them only little room for savings.

For example, they will use their financial freedom money to put their children in the kind of schools they couldn’t go to even though they became successful without going to expensive schools. And even when success is no respecter of school.

They will use their financial freedom money to stock their houses with foods items, that make them feel rich and special even though these foods are unhealthy and will land them in the hospital in retirement.

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They will also create an easy family environment removing any kind of pain, discipline, or delayed gratification even though success requires pain tolerance, patience, and resilience.

The results are children with Queen’s  English, fancy university certificates but with no real skills to help any employer. Parents are having to carry the load of their graduate children longer than necessary.

Children are now sicker, fatter, entitled, and lazy

And worse of all is that they are now more emotionally fragile in a world that requires toughness to survive.

All these have happened because we are trying to run away from our childhood experiences, the same childhood that made us who we are.

Your childhood and background may not be perfect, but they gave you a gift. Today you are the hardworking, resilient, and responsible breadwinner and provider even without  Queen’s English, fancy certification, or unhealthy foods. All these did not fall on you from heaven, they came from your background. Until you begin to see the good in your background and rid yourself of your expensive childhood deprivations and cravings, there will not be any money left to pursue financial freedom.

Successful people never look at their background in a negative way. They celebrate their humble beginnings and use their backgrounds as the motivation to strive towards success. The less material things you need to feel happy, important, and accepted the faster you will achieve financial freedom. Similarly, the more you know why you do the things you do the faster you will achieve success.

Who You Model
The Fastest way to achieve any goals is to find a role-model and tap into these three things-Their knowledge, their beliefs, and their actions. You must learn and model what they are doing, what their core beliefs are, and how they are thinking to get the same results.

The problem is most of us never grew up around wealthy role models. We grew up around the middle-class. This means that without the extra effort and commitment to find a wealthy role model you won’t make it. You must be able to always ask yourself-What will a wealthy man do in my situation and what will a poor man do? And to then ensure that you are making more of a wealthy man’s decisions than a poor man’s decision. Unfortunately, it is easier to model a poor man’s decision than a wealthy man’s decision because poor men’s decisions are easy and poor men are all over the place. But until you model the wealthy man you cannot achieve financial freedom.

Thankfully, you can easily find wealthy role models today. There are several of them online and there are also at least three present at your office 24/7, every day, from Monday to Friday. But rather than connect with them and model them you are busy resenting, hating, or judging them. Only a successful person can show you how to become successful and only successful people can help you achieve financial freedom.

If you keep modeling your middle-class colleagues and the people you saw while growing up, you will end up in retirement dependent just like your parents.

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Your Discipline
There is only one thing that makes a person willing to act, even when they do not feel like it or are afraid to do it-it is discipline. Discipline is the only way to achieve financial freedom. And without discipline you cannot achieve financial success. The reason discipline is important is because success requires tough-level decisions and the commitment to a future that is worth fighting for. Discovering a purposeful future and taking disciplined action is not a fun thing to do. So, most people spend their adult life doing the easy things and postponing the hard things that lead to success. But until you do the hard and high-standard things you will not achieve financial freedom.

Knowing what to do to achieve financial freedom is easy-now you know. Doing what you know is the hard part-and frankly this is what is holding you back from achieving financial freedom.

Perhaps you need help to achieve financial freedom. We are the best to help you. To see if you qualify for our help, send an email to info@createsolidwealth.com.

“Your background is a rich background as long as you learned something from it and this something made you successful.” Grace Agada.

About Grace Agada

Grace O. Agada is the most sought-after financial planning expert in Nigeria. She is a renowned author, financial expert and keynote speaker. Agada  is popularly known as the Predictable Financial Freedom Advisor and her goal is to help working professionals escape middle-class poverty and transition to the upper class. Agada  is the author of three books and possibly the most widely read financial articles. Her articles are spread across seven national newspapers and four of the most popular Nigerian blogs. Agada  is also the founder of the University of Wealth, the Rich Retirement Bootcamp, and the Wealthy Business MBA Programme. Agada  has been featured on BBC Africa. Business Day TV. Inspiration FM. and inside Naijatv. And she consults for numerous top organizations, company directors, CEOs, senior executives, and high-income professionals.

 

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