President Muhamadu Buhari who is also the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress Party (APC) has unveiled his manifesto ahead of next year’s General Election. The document titled “Next Level” highlights programs and plans the Buhari-led administration intends to execute if re-elected at the polls. The document was presented to the public in Abuja yesterday.
Highlights of the “Next Level” Agenda includes:
- The Next Level is to engage 1 million N-Power graduates.
- Skill up 10 million Nigerians under a voucher system in partnership with the private sector.
- Provide $500 million Innovation fund to tech and the creative sector to create 500,000 jobs.
- Train 200,000 youth for outsourcing market in technology, services and entertainment.
- Complete the Ibadan-Kano phase of the Lagos-Ibadan-Kano rail.
- Complete Eastern Rail (Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri), taking the network through Aba, all South-east state capitals, Makurdi, Jos, Bauchi and Gombe.
- Complete the coastal rail (Lagos-Calabar).
- Complete the 2nd Niger Bridge connecting Anambra and Delta states.
- Complete the East-West Road connecting Warri, Delta to Oron, Akwa-Ibom, through Kaiama and Port-Harcourt in Balyesa and Rivers respectively.
- Complete the link bridge on Itakpe-Warri rail to Abuja through Lokoja.
- A minimum of 1,000MW new generation incremental power capacity per annum on the Grid to bring to a total of a minimum of 11,000MW.
- Distribution to get to 7,000MW under the distribution expansion program.
- 9 Universities will have an uninterrupted power supply.
- Execute the Nigeria Electrification Project, NEPA, a $550 million Rural Electrification Program which is supported by the World Bank/AfDB to create a pipeline of private local investments and financial incentives to catalyse the Nigerian off-grid market for standalone solar solutions.
Economy and SMEs
- Soft Loans of up to N1 million to small traders, and commercial drivers.
- Take current 2.3 million traders, farmers artisans under the Trader Moni, Market Moni and Farmer Moni schemes to 10 million Nigerians under the People Moni Scheme.
- Soft Loans to support business ideas across the different value chain.
- Online Bank: Account opening, Credit Rating done with technology.
Ease of Doing business
- Legislate and enforce deadlines for the issuance of Government licenses and permits.
- Simplify investment, customs, immigration, trade and production procedures.
Security and Anti-Corruption
- Decentralise the funding of police operations and implement a direct transfer of funding to the Police Division all across.
- Execute the second phase of the Farmer-Herder and National Livestock Policy to end the decades-long conflict between farmers and herders.
- To eliminate the scope of systemic corruption, we will emphasise technology enabled e-Governance.
- Create a vibrant Gig economy around business process outsourcing, technology, creative sector, with flexibility, e-lancing and freelancing as key features.
- Drive the procurement of start-up services by promoting quota for tech startups.
- Support private sector-led technology hubs by providing grants, equity and loans.
- Move broad band coverage to 120,00km of fibre network across Nigeria.
Coronavirus presents a tremendous opportunity to attract domestic investment in Nigeria – Yewande Sadiku
Increased domestic investor activity can also trigger foreign companies expanding or partnering with Nigerian businesses.
On Thursday, 16 July 2020, Yewande Sadiku, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) was a guest on Arise Xchange, the weekly global business report of ARISE TV Networks where she shared her thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Nigeria’s
strategy in soliciting foreign investments and renewed focus in local investors focusing on stimulating local businesses.
Commenting on UNCTAD’s forecast which estimates that foreign direct investment flows will decrease by 30-40% in 2020/2021, Sadiku explained that “as the pandemic worsens and economies further contract, our projection remains that those UNCTAD figures will shrink even further”. She added, “Investment announcements which we track and share daily through our newsletter show that $5.06 billion investment announcements were recorded in the first half of 2020 – this is a third of what was recorded within the corresponding period last year”. Nevertheless, the biggest investments for new entrants from the half-year were recorded from Kaduna, Nasarawa and Ekiti states.
Addressing the anchor, Boason Onafeye’s question on the 33 projects announced, the importance of tracking investments, she explained that “in the first half of 2020, NIPC tracked 33 projects across 15 states and the FCT, versus in the first half of 2019 where the Commission tracked 43 projects in 10 states and the FCT. Our meticulous
tracking gives the Commission an understanding of the sectors, sub-national areas that excite investors. Additionally, it enables us to advise the government on policy changes that are required to reverse or thrust policy-making.”
While FDI is expected to slow down because of COVID-19, we are also presented with new optimism for local investments and businesses to take advantage of some unique opportunities presented by COVID. In particular, fintech, e-commerce, food processing is witnessing increased consumer activity. Increased domestic investor
activity can also trigger foreign companies expanding or partnering with Nigerian businesses.
On her outlook for the rest of 2020, she expressed her belief that “many economies will be focused on investment-driven growth and getting their investors to look internally and invest inwards to stimulate local businesses. This will also happen alongside a renewed zeal on impact investment, as investors would not only consider the returns on their investments but the impact their capital will have on the overall health of economies.” She further added that there will be a continuous increase in the domestic manufacturing capacity of essential and critical commodities per
Yewande Sadiku is the Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC. She was appointed in September 2016 by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR with a mandate to encourage, promote and coordinate investment in the Nigerian economy. Sadiku a seasoned investment banker with over two decades’ experience until her appointment, was Executive Director, Corporate and Investment Banking at Stanbic IBTC Plc.
During her period at the bank, she was instrumental in several landmark transactions including, the $535m first dual listing of Seplat petroleum on London and Nigerian Stock Exchanges, raising public and private funding for Access Bank, Dangote Sugar, Flour Mills Nigeria, Zenith Bank, MTN Nigeria, Nigerian Bottling Company, but
to name a few.
Just-in: Lagos cancels 2018 land use charge
The government reverted to pre-2018 land use charges.
The Lagos State Government has revoked the 2018 land use charge.
This was disclosed by the Lagos Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo, on Wednesday. According to him, the government reverted to pre-2018 land use charges.
He said, “The penalties for land use charges for 2017, 2018, and 2019 have also been waived, which translates to a loss of revenue amounting to N5.6billion.”
FG increases fuel pump price to N138.62 per litre
Kerosene would be sold for N160 at depots and diesel is set at N160 per litre in Lagos.
Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, a subsidiary of the NNPC has increased the retail pump price for petrol to N138.62 for August.
The PPMC announced this in a statement viewed by Nairametrics and signed by the Manager of Sales, Mohammed Bello on Wednesday morning and says the new price changes would be effective from the 5th of August.
In June, Nairametrics reported that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) reduced petrol price to N121.50 per litre.
“After a review of prevailing market fundamentals in the month of May and considering marketers realistic operating costs as much as practicable, we wish to advise of a new PMS guiding pump price with the corresponding ex-depot price for the month of June 2020, as follows; price band N121.50 – N123.50 per liter,” the body had said.
The PPMC also disclosed in today’s statement that the wholesale depot price would be sold to marketers at N113.70, while the retail prices were set at N138.62 per litre.
However, fuel marketers are expected to adjust to the new changes by selling at N145, as the price of petrol is being sold at N143.80 per litre before the new effective changes.
Other price announcements include Kerosene which would be sold for N160 at depots and diesel, which is set at N160 per litre in Lagos while at the Oghara depots it would be sold at N165 per litre.