Nigeria’s currency, the Naira, is to be added to the list of “pre-approved currencies”, by the British Export Finance Agency.
UK’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) added Nigeria Naira to a list of 62 pre-approved currencies compared to just less than 15 as at 2010. Nigeria joins, Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda as the list of African countries that have access to this deal without restrictions.
Ghana, Morocco and Zambia are also included in the list but support are restricted to case by case basis.
What this means for Nigeria
- Whenever you order goods from the United Kingdom you can pay in Naira rather than pay in the British Pounds. The Nigerian and British Government will now figure out the exchange rate that will be used to settle the trade.
- From what we gather, to be eligible for this program, the minimum transaction value for exports is £5 million in Naira equivalent.
- This arrangement is for importers and does not qualify for retail and debit card transactions.
- To be eligible, you will have to go through your bank in Nigeria, who will pay for the goods for you in Naira, directly to the UK exporter.
- Details regarding interest rate or what exchange rate will be used has not been determined.
How the credit works
- In cases where an importer does not have the cash to pay for their imports, this deal allows them to access a loan of at least 85% of the contract sum.
- They are expected to provide cash advance for the initial 15%. In fact, you first pay 5% of the value of the import to the UK exporter upon signing a contract and then 10% afterwards.
- As explained, the loans are denominated in Naira and will incur interest
- The Nigerian bank will be guaranteed by the UKEF in case the Nigerian importer defaults thus reducing their risk.
- The loans can only be for a maximum of 2 years.
What is in it for the UK?
This development is expected to help make UK goods cheaper following the country’s decision to exit from the European Union.
Data from the National Bureau of Statistics, places the United Kingdom at number 6 in the list of countries where Nigeria imports from and with an average transaction value of N325 billion annually.
Some reports suggest opine that the volume of trade between Nigeria and the United Kingdom could exceed N7.7 trillion (£20 billion) by 2020.
The UK will hope this deal will help boost its exports to Nigeria and topple the likes of China, Belgium, US, Netherlands and India as Nigeria’s top of 5 countries of import.
Exporters from the UK can now offer their oversees customers UKEF-“backed finance” in local currency of the importers.
An Aftermath of Brexit
It would be recalled that Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, which has forced London to refocus its trade agreements with the rest of the world. Also there are reports of preliminary talks with India about an eventual bilateral trade agreement.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said
“The Naira financing will follow the same structure as someone buying in sterling, except that Nigerian firms taking out a loan in local currency can benefit from a UK government-backed guarantee.”
The ambassador also noted that this is a clear indication of the importance the UK places on its relationship with Nigeria. This development is expected to drive a significant increase in trade and investment between both countries.
Tinubu visits Sanwo-Olu, speaks on recent violence in the state, travelling out of the country
Tinubu has spoken up about some of the happenings that have led to the recent unrest in Lagos State.
The former Lagos State Governor and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has reacted to the outbreak of violence during the #EndSARS protest which has led to the destruction and looting of public and private infrastructure in the state.
He lamented the invasion and wanton looting and burning of public and private assets in the state of late, including police stations.
This was made known by Tinubu during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at State House Marina, to commiserate with him on the recent violence in the state, sympathize with the victims through him and seek his permission to visit some of the victims.
While addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Tinubu said he asked him if he had ordered the attack on #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
He also said that he did not travel out of the country as reported by some sections of the media, who claimed that he had travelled to France and the UK.
Tinubu said, “I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of Asiwaju of Lagos and I am still a Jagaban. Fake news is all over the place. They say Seyi my son was kidnapped and was chased but look at him. I didn’t pay a penny to bring him here.
On the investigation and compensation for victims of violence, Tinubu said, “First, we have to segregate the calendar, those who suffered casualty before the protests from the hands of SARS. You have to separate that from those who suffered casualty due to what happened at the toll gate.
“For those who suffered casualty from SARS, the Commission of Inquiry that is already set up will unearth that and will make their recommendations. I trust the calibre and the character of the people there, they are independent. That is one.
“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too, how are they there? How long were they there? What kind of characters are they? Even though we want to help, we still must extract information that will help the government to prepare in future and understand how and when to react because the governor, in particular, is a youth.’’
Going further, he said, “As a youth himself, he (Sanwo-Olu) quickly went to Abuja with the 5/5. The government immediately put into action, dissolved the SARS and had to work through other recommended actions, the needs they demanded. Within a few days, he reported back to the public. That is responsive enough.
“But where are we getting the looting, the carnage, the burning, the invasion of police stations, stealing of arms, maiming of the innocent? It is a handshake beyond the elbow.”
Tinubu has been under intense media attack over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday. He was accused of being the mastermind of the incident because of his alleged interest in the tollgate which has been blocked for about 2 weeks, an allegation he has denied.
The hoodlums had burnt down some businesses allegedly linked to him in the course of the violence that erupted in Lagos. They include Oriental Hotel, Television Continental (TVC) and Nations newspaper.
#EndSARS: IGP orders immediate mobilisation of officers to restore normalcy
The IGP has directed officers to take control of the current unrest and breakdown of law and order in some parts of the country.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the unrest.
This was made known via the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian Police Force, @PoliceNG, in a statement titled, “RECLAIM THE PUBLIC SPACE AND RESTORE NORMALCY – IGP ORDERS AIGs, CPs, PMF, CTU & SPU COMMANDERS”.
According to the statement, the IGP has directed the officers to reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.
The IGP gave the order to all Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit.
RECLAIM THE PUBLIC SPACE AND RESTORE NORMALCY – IGP ORDERS AIGs, CPs, PMF, CTU & SPU COMMANDERS
•Says Enough is Enough
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the immediate mobilization of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 24, 2020
The statement read in part, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the immediate mobilization of all police operational assets and resources to bring an end to the wanton violence, killings, looting and destruction of public and private property, and reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters in some parts of the country.
“In addition, CPs/Heads of Police Formations in the various states have also been charged to mobilize their men and work in sync with the Command CPs in the areas where they are domiciled, to dominate the public space and ensure peace and safety in the affected areas.
“The IGP, while noting that enough is enough to all acts of lawlessness, disruption of public peace and order and wanton violence which have resulted to indiscriminate looting of shops, malls and warehouses, damage to property and loss of lives in some parts of the country.”
The IGP further enjoined law-abiding citizens not to panic but rather join forces with the police and other members of the law enforcement community to protect their communities from the criminal elements. He also called for “the understanding and cooperation of the citizens, assuring that the action is geared towards ensuring public order and safety and public security in our communities.”
What you should know
In the last few days, several parts of the country, especially Lagos, Cross River and Delta have witnessed a rise in civil unrest as hoodlums torched down Police stations, government properties and have also looted and destroyed several private businesses.
The recent unrests could be traced to the hijacking of peaceful protests organised by #EndSARS agitators who took to the streets of many Nigerian cities in the last two weeks to demand the dissolution of a notorious police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, better known as SARS, who has been alleged to be involved in a countless number of harassment, extortion, abduction, armed robbery and murder of innocent citizens.
President Buhari to address Nigerians on Lekki toll plaza shootings after investigation
Minister of Sports says President Buhari will address Nigerians on the Lekki Toll Plaza shootings at the completion of investigations.
President Buhari will address Nigerians on the Lekki toll Plaza shootings, as he awaits the outcome of the investigations into the shootings of unarmed #EndSARS protesters by soldiers.
This disclosure was made by Mr. Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, during an interview with Arise TV on the unrest and uncertainties gripping Nigeria following the protests over police brutality.
The Minister emphasized that the President during the National Security Meeting yesterday has ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting, and thereafter he would speak on the incident.
What they are saying
When asked by Charles Aniagolu of Arise TV why the President hasn’t made an official statement on the unfortunate event at the Toll Plaza, Mr. Dare explained in his response that President Buhari hasn’t made a statement on the tragedy because he wants to have all the facts, which will absolutely be made public.
“It is important to get all the facts right before we go forward. In this case, it’s going to be difficult to hide these facts because we live in a multimedia world and we have pieces of evidence and corroboration and I think it is important to get the facts right.
“I think that’s the part the President has towed and I am sure that when the facts are made available, this President – because he has integrity – will level with the Nigerian people about what happened on Tuesday in Lekki.”
Mr. Sunday Dare said the present administration’s commitment to protecting the rights of all citizens is unshaken. He reiterated that in line with this core mandate, a presidential pronouncement was made by the Presidency to permanently dissolve the notorious SARS group.
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He disclosed that the level of responsiveness and concrete steps that the President has taken to stem down civil unrest in the country is commendable, as the #5 of 5 demands are fully accepted by the President.