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Nigeria Lost $50b Due To Absence Of PIA – Buhari

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The absence of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has led to the loss of $50 billion investments in the petroleum industry since 2011, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at a ceremony on the passage of the PIA, which preceded the Federal Executive Council meeting.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Nigeria Lost Estimated $50bn Worth of Investments In 10 Years Due To Stagnation, Uncertainty Over Petroleum Industry, Says President Buhari’.

According to the president, the loss was due to the uncertainty on the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, lack of progress and stagnation in the petroleum industry which he blamed on the lack of political will on the part of past administrations to actualise the needed transformation.

Buhari said the assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill on August 16, 2021 marked the end of decades of uncertainty and under-investment in Nigeria’s petroleum industry.

He said : “We are all aware that past administrations have identified the need to further align the industry for global competitiveness, but there was a lack of political will to actualise this needed transformation.

“This lack of progress has stagnated the growth of the industry and the prosperity of our economy. In the past 10 years, Nigeria has lost an estimated $50bn worth of investments due to uncertainty created by the non-passage of the PIB.

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“This administration believes that the timely passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill will help our country attract investments across the oil and gas value chain.

“In view of the value our nation and investors will derive from a stable fiscal framework for the oil and gas industry, our administration has found it necessary to work with the two chambers of the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the PIB.’’

The president noted that the signing of the bill was part of the government’s commitment to building a competitive and resilient petroleum industry that will attract investment, improve revenue base, create jobs and support the economic diversification agenda.

 

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Debt Profile Under Buhari Worrisome – CBN

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Nigeria’s increasing debt profile under President Muhammadu Buhari is a source of worry to the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) .

This was disclosed in a communique by the CBN’s monetary policy committee  released on Wednesday.

“The committee noted the Federal Government’s increasing debt profile and expressed concerns over debt sustainability given that global uncertainties remain elevated”, the apex said.

The financial regulator urged the federal government to take on urgent measures to cope with debt burden.

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“The MPC thus reiterated its call to the Federal Government to urgently diversify its revenue sources through various initiatives, such as, the development of a viable tax framework for the extractive and mineral export industries, to strengthen its fiscal buffers.”

As at March 2022, Nigeria’s total public debt hit N41.60 trillion, according to the Debt Management Office.

The Buhari regime has often rebuffed concern about its acute borrowings, justifying that the funds are invested in capital projects with lasting impact.

 

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BREAKING: CBN Raises Interest Rate To 14% To Tame Rising Inflation

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BREAKING: CBN Raises Interest Rate To 14% To Tame Rising Inflation

As a measure to tame rising inflation, the policy-setting committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has raised the monetary policy rate (MPR), which measures interest rate, from 13 percent to 14 percent.

The monetary policy rate (MPR) is the baseline interest rate in an economy, every other interest rate used within an economy is built on it.

READ ALSO: CBN Raises Benchmark Interest Rate To 13%

Addressing journalists on Tuesday after the committee’s meeting at the CBN headquarters in Abuja, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the apex bank, said the hike in interest rate would help tame rising inflation.

 

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Nigeria’s Inflation Rises Over 18 Per Cent

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Nigeria's Inflation Rises Over 18 Per Cent

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBC) has said that Nigeria’s inflation rate in the month of June 2022 increased to 18.60 percent on a year-on-year basis.

The recorded increase in June is 0.84 percent points higher compared to the rate recorded in June 2021, which is 17.75 percent.

This means that the headline inflation rate increased in the month of June 2022 when compared to the same month in the previous year (June 2021).

Increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yielded the Headline index.

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On a month-on-month basis, the headline inflation rate increased to 1.82 percent in June 2022, this is 0.03 percent higher than the rate recorded in May 2022 (1.78 percent).

The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve months period ending June 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period is 16.54 percent, showing a 0.62 percent increase compared to 15.93 percent recorded in June 2021.

 

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