Banking and Finance

2018 Budget: Experts Want Change in Disbursement Approach

Some financial experts on Thursday said the Federal Government must change its approach towards the implementation and disbursement of the annual budget for it to impact positively on Nigerians.

The experts expressed their views in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

They spoke on the passage of the 2018 budget by the National Assembly, six months after it was presented by executive.

Capital Importation: Foreign Inflows Expand Despite Underwhelming FDI

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released Q1:2018 capital importation data earlier today and unsurprisingly, capital imported into the country simultaneously expanded Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) and Quarter-on-Quarter (Q-o-Q) for the fourth consecutive quarter as foreign investors further increased holding of Naira assets. Total capital inflows surged 594.0% Y-o-Y, reflecting low-base effect of Pre-I&E window era, and rose by a modest 17.1% Q-o-Q to US$6.3bn.

Nigeria’s Foreign Reserve Increases to $47.49b

Nigeria’s gross official reserves increased by $1.24bn in one month and $16.63bn over twelve (12) calendar months to $47.49bn in April 2018, news agency Voice of Nigeria reports.

As stated by FBNQuest in its Good Morning Nigeria yesterday, the rapid accumulation of US$16.63bn over 12 months is due to two successful Eurobond issues, the recovery in oil export revenues and, more recently, the steady bid by the CBN at the investors’ and exporters’ window.

Excess Charges: Banks to Refund with Interest

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said any bank that deducts monies illegally from a customer’s account for products and services would be forced to refund the money to the customer with interest.

Mr Fada David, Consumer Complaints Management, Consumer Protection Department, CBN, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria yesterday in Abuja.

This is sequel to complaints by bank customers within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over excess charges by banks through Automated Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawals.

Will Currency Swap Deal Stifle Nigerian Economy?

Financial analysts have expressed concern that the currency swap deal recently signed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) will stifle the Nigerian economy.

The Currency Swap Deal was signed on April 27.

Mr Boniface Okezie, the president Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the currency swap deal was unnecessary.

He said the deal would ensure that majority of the country’s foreign trade deals were channeled to the Chinese economy.

Central Bank signs $2.5b FX Swap Deal with China

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says  on Thursday  that it has signed the bilateral Currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC).

A statement by the apex Acting Director of Communications, Isaac Okorafor, noted that the Governor Mr. Godwin Emefiele, led CBN officials while PBoC Governor, Dr. Yi Gang, led Chinese team at the official signing ceremony in Beijing, China.

It said the agreement was signed on April 27th adding that it was an outcome of over two years of painstaking negotiations by both Central Banks.

BDCs attract over $30b to Economy from Foreign Investors

The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has said it had attracted over 30 billion dollars to the economy from foreign investors.

Aminu Gwadabe, President, ABCON, disclosed this at the unveiling of its “Live Engine Room (naijabdcs),” in Lagos.

Gwadabe said the feat was achieved due to the provision of accurate market data and information about the foreign exchange (forex) market.

The ABCON boss said the new engine room would promote price discovery and authentic information about foreign exchange rates in Nigeria.

Nigeria Extends Deadline for Voluntary Assets, Income Declaration

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) to June 30.

The short extension after the original March 31 date is based on the appeals of professional bodies and individual taxpayers.

However, no further extension of time will be approved after June 30.

The President added that a new date was also given, based on the conviction of the Ministry of Finance that the overall objective to increase compliance will be attained, and additional revenue will accrue.

CBN to Invest ₦500b in Non-oil Export

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has finalised arrangement with Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) to assist local manufacturers who are interested in non-oil exports, according to its governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele announced this at a seminar for Finance Correspondents and Business Editors, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom on Monday.

He was represented by the Deputy Governor and Head of Corporate Communication of the apex bank, Mr Edward Adamu.

Emefiele said the bank had repositioned itself to improve the economy after exiting recession.