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Why Nigeria is selling some ₦289 billion worth of state assets

This is all part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to finance 2018 budget.



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The Nigerian Federal Government’s plan to commence the sell-off of several state-owned assets is geared at raising funds that will go towards financing the country’s expensive 2018 budget.

Come early October 2018, the Government will commence the sale of assets in ten state-owned corporations, a move that is expected to generate some ₦289 billion; about $797 million.

The Director of Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr Joe Anichebe, disclosed this to Bloomberg over the weekend during an interview in Abeokuta. According to him, final preparations are being made to sell off the companies. Two of them – NICON Insurance Limited and Skyway Aviation Handling Co. (SAHCOL) – will be sold early October through an IPO, he said.

Back in June, President Muhammadu Buhari had appended his signature to an ambitious ₦9.1 trillion 2018 budget which it has since struggled to finance.

Meanwhile, the Government had in the past hinted at plans to fund the budget with money from other sources other than oil which is the country’s economic mainstay. To this effect, the Bureau of Public Enterprise made a commitment to the tune of ₦306 billion, most of which it is now trying to raise through the planned privatisations.

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Recall that the Government last week divested about 21% of its shares in the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPM), a move that resulted in the realisation of the sum of ₦17.3 billion as Mr Anichebe disclosed.

The Bureau of Public Enterprises also disclosed that the agency will soon go after owners of previously-privatised public assets who have failed the terms and conditions of the deal.

In the meantime, the economy is underperforming

The poor implementation of the 2018 budget has not augured well for the Nigerian economy which recently emerged from a debilitating economic recession. To worsen this situation, a recent analysis by Nairametrics shows that the country has continued to gradually slip back into recession since Q1 2018 when the GDP declined by 1.95%.

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Now as the Nigerian election season continues to approach fast, there are growing concerns that the present economic situation may become exacerbated due to huge spendings which may ultimately drive up inflation.

Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs. He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor. Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan. If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.



  1. Anodebenze

    September 25, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Mon dieu,maybe the govt is getting their act together,i hve just read senator shehu from kaduna state criticizes of the this selling of those govt companies,i implore senator shehu to see this sales from another angle on it’s benefit to the country.for one govt running companies wastes resources and skill and govt ,secondly govt can allocates some share reserve for civil servant or petty traders in batches 10,000 naira or 20,000 naira,also an economy requires some hea in some formt,so if the govt heats the economy a little,it will pushes the economy a little.
    IPO mean those companies will be floated on the stock market,retailer and wholesalers investor can al participate in creating wealth in nigeria and africa also some with asset management or mutual fund will seeks to protects their investment,they will seeks seat at the board.big men and little men will makes money.
    I have read Mr Buhari have veoted the nnpc bill passed by the nass,the reason given is that if the bill is signed by him,this law will erodes his power,can I ask will he be in power forever ?,this nnpc bill means that nnpc will be broken up,some of the component will be floated on the stock market,if so the fed govt still wants tocontrol the remaining nnpc.they can still eat their cake and having it by having controlling shares through the board by 50 % or 30%.
    If this bill is passed,it will frees the fed govt from making any investment in nnpc e.g the joint venture.this remaining nnpc will finances it’s investment,even then oil subsidy will be removed easily,and govt will invest in human developement

  2. Akano Sola

    September 25, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    what are the other assets that the government wants to sell off?

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House of Reps to make Youths globally competitive

House of Representatives is determined to make the Youths globally competitive.



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Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have assured Nigerian youths that they are committed to make them globally competitive.
This was disclosed by the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday.
 In a tweet, which the speaker shared after a meeting with a group of young lawmakers under the aegis of ‘Young Parliamentarians Forum‘, he  reiterated that some of the demands of the youths following the #EndSARS protests would be addressed constitutionally, as part of the decision was to reform the Police, in a quest to accommodate a better Police Force.
On youth empowerment, the Speaker said that a lot still needs to be done, while pointing out that no government had done more than what the present administration has done.
What they are saying
He said, “All of us, every segment of the government, especially the House of Representatives, before the protests took the initiative, debated motions and took far-reaching decisions on the floor. We gave ourselves 30 days, and since then, we’ve been working night and day, especially with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
“We thought the best way to go about it is that we amend the Police Service Commission Act, and that has been done and the report has been concluded and soon, it will be published and be on the floor.
“We are determined to resolve the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) matter, and if we can resolve two out of three issues, I think we would have gone a long way to help the lecturers who are on strike.
“There’s a bill on vocational education, I think from the 8th Assembly that was even my bill. We’ll pick it up again and pass it to you (Young Parliamentarians Group) to polish it up and add it to whatever ideas you have.”
While speaking on the giant strides by the current administration in terms of youth empowerment, the Speaker said:
“I make bold to say that no government, in Nigerian history from inception, and I stand to be corrected, has put in as much in youth empowerment as this present government.”

Facts don’t lie, a government that has devoted N500bn to youth empowerment every year. There’s Trader Moni, N-Power, and several others, they are all there,” he added.

Gbajabiamila added that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has done a lot about youth empowerment and is ready to do more.


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COVID-19: Ogun orders full reopening of churches, mosques, hotels

Religious centres and other public places have been reopened following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19.



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The Ogun State Government has ordered the full reopening of churches, mosques, businesses, hotels, and entertainment centres across the state.

This was disclosed by the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, via the state’s Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Abiodun stated that the religious centres and other public places had been reopened, following the success recorded in flattening the curve of COVID-19.

According to him, the government is aware that many people are just recovering from the economic hardship imposed by COVID-19, as their activities had been affected by the lockdown, while necessary measures had been put in place to combat the pandemic.

He stated, “In the process of rebuilding the economy, the State Government was irrevocably committed to the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” agenda, and would ensure everything possible for people to have increased prosperity that would place the State on a sound footing towards continued development.

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“Government would improve on testing, just as it continues to monitor the development and not hesitate to do selective lockdown should there be any flagrant disobedience to the set COVID-19 protocols.”

What you should know

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Governor Abiodun had closed religious centres, businesses and schools in March, as part of moves to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.

He later announced the reopening of only worship centres and schools in August.

Abiodun pegged the number of worshippers for each service at 200, and insisted that services must not exceed one and a half hours.

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CBN reveals framework for the N75 billion Youth Investment Fund

The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund will be funded through the NIRSAL MFB window of the CBN.



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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed the implementation framework for the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.

This was disclosed in a publication by the Development Finance Department under the auspices of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The CBN stated that the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (N-YIF) would be funded through NIRSAL MFB window, with an initial take-off seed capital of N12.5 billion.

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The N-YIF aims to financially empower Nigerian youths to generate at least 500,000 jobs between 2020 and 2023.

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Objectives of the scheme:

  •  Improve access to finance for youths and youth-owned enterprises for national development.
  •  Generate much-needed employment opportunities to curb youth restiveness.
  •  Boost the managerial capacity of the youths, and develop their potentials to become the future large corporate organizations.

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What you should know
Recall that on the 22nd of July, 2020, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the sum of N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund for the period of 2020 – 2023.
The fund was created to support the innovative ideas, skills and talents of Nigerian youths, and to institutionally provide Nigerian youths with a special window for accessing much-needed funds, finances, business management skills and other inputs critical for sustainable enterprise development.
  • The fund targets young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years.
  • Beneficiaries of NMFB, TCF and AgSMEIS loans, and other government loan schemes that remain unpaid are also not eligible to participate.
  • Individuals (unregistered businesses) shall be determined based on activity/nature of projects subject to the maximum of N250,000.
  • Registered businesses (Business name, Limited Liability, Cooperative, Commodity Association) shall be determined by activity/nature of projects subject to the maximum of N3.0 million (including working capital).
  • The tenor of the intervention is for a Maximum of 5 years, depending on the nature of the business and the assets acquired, of which interest rate of not more than 5% under the intervention shall be charged annually.
  • The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify potential training for training/mentoring.
  • The youths that are duly screened (and undergo the mandatory training where applicable) shall be advised to login to the portal provided by the NMFB to apply for the facility.

READ: CBN raises alarm over fraudulent loan offers, investment schemes with charged fees

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As a huge percentage of youths are engaged in the informal sector, the NYIF will facilitate the transition of informal enterprises owned by youths into the formal mainstream economy, where they can be supported comprehensively, build a bankable track record, and be accurately captured as active participants in economic development.

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