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Summary of the top business, economic and political news in Nigeria today.


  1. Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to hit $595 billion in the next three years (2020), according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 released by Quantum Global Lab. Link
  2. The Nigeria equity market on Tuesday improved further by 0.66 per cent, just as the market capitalisation rose by N74 billion due to price growth by some blue chips. Link
  3. Construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail has been suspended over right of way issues and a flyover bridge at Ijoko, Ogun State. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, gave the indication on Monday, saying the height of the bridge would have to be raised for future electrification of the rail line. Link
  4. Nigeria and Libya may be asked to cap their crude oil output soon in an effort to help re-balance the market, the Kuwait Oil Minister, Issam Almarzooq, said on Wednesday. The two countries have boosted oil production since they were exempted from the global cuts led by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers. Link
  5. Power situation in the country saw a 24 percent improvement in June cumulatively, 69,800 megawatts, MW, were sent out as against 53,339MW sent out in May, daily operational report of the Nigerian Electricity System Operation, as shown. Link
  6. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has injected $142.5 million into the inter-bank foreign exchange, days after intervening in the retail segment of the market with $254.3 million. Link
  7. The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Investors and Exporters Foreign Exchange window has traded about $3.83bn since it was established on April 24, it has been learnt. Foreign exchange traders said this on Monday as the naira traded more strongly on the window than on the black market, Reuters reported. Link
  8. The Federal Government has said that it will ensure adequate insurance of its assets. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said this during the National Insurance Conference of the Insurance Industry Consultative Council with the theme: ‘Nigeria open for business’, in Abuja on Monday. Link
  9. The World Bank has called for a single regulatory authority for the regulation of the operations of free zones in Nigeria. Link
  10. Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Director-General Osita Aboloma has said the agency has shut seven steel companies of the 41 rolling mills registered with it for various reasons “in the last few months”. Link
  11. Western  Lotto Nigeria Limited has disclosed that lottery can generate over N141.3 billion annually for the development of Nigeria’s economy.  The Managing Director, Western Lotto Nigeria, Mr. Elvis Krivokuca,  stated that “In South African, 82 percent of the population play the lottery at least once in a week. In 2012 alone expert put the lottery shares of funds to the country finances at about N141.3 billion. In same year, United Kingdom lottery made a significant contribution up to the sum of £2.2 billion which was used to host the 2012 London Olympics games.” Link
  12. Hotel Owners Forum, Abuja (HOFA) has appealed to the Federal Government to provide a development fund dedicated to tourism and hospitality for private sector investors to help grow the sector. Link
  13. Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN) has disclosed that investments in backward integration projects have boosted local content by 53.17 per cent. Link
  14. The All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on Tuesday warned the Federal Government against importation of maize into the country. Alhaji Nuhu Aminu, the Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of AFAN said that farmers across the country had invested heavily in agriculture, with little or no subsidy from government. “President Muhammadu Buhari directed us to go back to the farm; we have actually accepted the directive in good faith but to our greatest dismay, the Federal Government is now importing maize from outside; we learnt that a ship, laden with 50,000 tonnes of maize, had recently arrived Nigeria,” he said. Link
  15. The Nigerian electricity generation dropped to 3,511 megawatts (mw) on Monday, losing 603mw about 24 hours after a peak capacity of 4,114mw was reached. Available records from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) showed that the highest peak generation in July was reached last Friday when a peak of 4,223mw was generated but in the same day, the peak generation dropped to 3,089mw. Link
  16. The Debt Management Office (DMO) paid out over N4.8 trillion as interests in the last five years to banks and other investors. The money was lent to Nigerian Government from the domestic market through the FGN Bonds; Treasury Bonds or Treasury Bills issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as part of measures to check inflation caused by excess liquidity in the economy. Link
  17. The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has issued new guidelines for the establishment of hydrocarbon processing plants. It also issued an addendum “supplementary guidelines for the design, construction and operation of modular refinery plants in Nigeria. According to the DPR, the guidelines shall cover all refinery establishment, adding that the establishment of modular refinery plants, shall be with design capacity not more than 30, 000 barrels per day (bpd). Link
  18. The federal government Monday disclosed that it would restructure the total debts owed to service providers in Nigeria’s privatised electricity market by the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) with the aim of easing the debt burden and allowing them to source for monies to fund their capital projects. Link
  19. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has started an aggressive enforcement of the agency’s codes of corporate governance to address customers dissatisfaction. Prof. umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the commission said that the enforcement was necessary to ensure that operators in the industry continued to operate as viable businesses. Link
  20. First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced the appointment of Mr. Abdullahi Ibrahim as an executive director. Prior to his appointment, Ibrahim was the bank’s group executive, retail banking in the North since January 2016. Link
  21. The American International Insurance Company Limited (AIICO) on Tuesday formally handed over and transferred landed property, private equity holding and cash as legacy funds to the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD). Link
  22. The Federal Government has disclosed that no agreement on concessioning of the National Iron Ore Mining Company, NIOMCO, to Global Steel Holdings Limited, has been revoked as claimed by some persons.  This was stated by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Abbas Mohammed, who represented the Minister, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the ECOWAS Federation of Chambers of Mines, EFEDCOM, General Assembly Meeting in Abuja. Link
  23. Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. trading as Etisalat Nigeria on Tuesday informed its customers that the change of brand name will not affect its operations. Link 
  24. Chairman/CEO of Stanel Group, Mr. Stanley Uzochukwu, joined by Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and other dignitaries, formally inaugurated the company’s ultra-modern luxury mega center (Stanel World) in Awka, Anambra State. Link
  25. Dipo Falkner, country general manager, IBM West Africa, has disclosed that the company would be training five million Nigerians over the next two years on information and communications technology skills required to enhance the small and medium enterprises (SME) business entrepreneurs. Link
  26. The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Engr. Ernest Mupwaya said the firm has reinforced 4,048 sub-stations in its network through maintenance services while surveying the protection system of 68 others. Link
  27. Shareholders of Eterna PLC at its 24th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos, approved the board’s proposal for the payment of 30 kobo per share amounting to N391 million for its financial year ended December 31, 2016. Link 
  28. Etisalat Nigeria is focused on getting the telecoms group back on track to make a profit after it was saved from collapse, while working on the paperwork to eventually raise new capital. “Our mandate is to make sure the business runs as profitably as it can. What is most important now is to … ensure that the business runs and meets its obligations,” the company’s new chief executive Boye Olusanya told Reuters on Tuesday. Link
  29. Financial relief came the way of victims of the recent Yoruba and Hausa communal clash in Ile Ife, Osun State, as Dangote Foundation donated N50 million to 220 victims to cushion the effect of the violence. Link
  30. Kano state assembly has passed a bill for its Health Trust Fund Bill. The fund could generate up to N2.5 billion a year for spending in health. It proposed the fund will be financed through a 5% deduction every month from the total tax revenue of the state and another 1% dedicated monthly from statutory allocation to the 44 council areas in Kano. Link
  31. The acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the appointment of 19 judges for the National Industrial Court. The newly appointed judges with their states of origin are, Targema John Iorngee (Benue), Namtari Mahmood Abba (Adamawa), Nweneka Gerald Ikechi (Rivers), Kado Sanusi (Katsina), Adeniyi Sinmisola Oluyinka (Ogun), Abiola Adunola Adewemimo (Osun) Opeloye Ogunbowale (Lagos), Essien Isaac Jeremiah (Akwa-Ibom) and Elizabeth Ama Oji (Ebonyi) .Others are, Arowosegbe Olukayode Ojo (Ondo), Ogbuanya Nelson S. Chukwudi (Enugu), Bashir Zaynab Mohammed (Niger), Galadima Ibrahim Suleiman (Nasarawa), Bassi Paul Ahmed (Borno), Danjidda Salisu Hamisu (Kano), Hamman Idi Polycarp (Taraba), Damulak Kiyersohot Dashe (Plateau), Alkali Bashar Attahiru (Sokoto), and Mustapha Tijjani (Jigawa). Link
  32. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Tuesday condemned the Kogi State Government for its alleged roles in the ongoing process to recall the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, from the National Assembly. Ekweremadu, while raising a point of order at the plenary on Tuesday, referred the lawmakers to a three-page advertorial by Attorney General of Kogi State, Mr. Ibrahim Sani Muhammed, noting that every page of the advertorial cost about N700,000, adding “for this alone, they spent about Nm and I understand that it is in about five other papers so we are looking at about N12m spent to responding to my comment.” Link



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