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Pension Fund Assets hits N9.3 trillion as investment in FGN securities drops

The latest report released by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) shows that Nigeria’s Pension Fund assets in June 2019 hit N9.32 trillion. There was an increase of N294.9 billion within the space of three months

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The latest report released by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) shows that Nigeria’s Pension Fund assets hit N9.32 trillion in June 2019.

According to the report, the Pension Fund Assets increased significantly in June when compared to the value reported in March 2019. Specifically, pension fund assets stood at N9.03 trillion in March, while the figure rose to N9.32 trillion in June. This represents an increase of N294.9 billion within the space of three months in absolute terms or a growth of 3.2%.

Pension fund breakdown: In recent times, more Nigerians have begun to take their retirement plans seriously and this has significantly improved the total pension fund assets in the country. A closer look into the PenCom report shows that pension funds grew by 13% within a year.

  • The latest report shows that between June 2018 and June 2019, pension fund assets rose by N1.09 trillion.
  • Nigeria’s total pension fund assets stood at N8.63 trillion as at the end of June 2018.
  • Analysts opined that the significant rise is largely traceable to the growing awareness campaigns.

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Investment in FGN Securities: Over time, one factor that has not helped the increase in pension assets in Nigeria is the low return and low-interest-rate environment that the pension funds operate in.

  • Although most pension funds have consistently been making positive gains year in year out, the percentage returns are not high enough. This is largely blamed on the bulk of pension funds administrators investing in FGN securities.
  • Meanwhile, the latest report shows pension funds investment in FGN securities has dropped.
  • A further look into the report shows that the asset class of Nigeria’s pension fund constituted 69% of FGN Securities, Corporate Debt Securities (5.42%), Local Money Securities (11.21%) and Mutual Funds (0.25%).
  • Despite a drop in investment in the asset class, FGN securities still gulped a total of N6.84 trillion.

A drop in yields: In recent times, the yield on FGN bonds has dropped and this may partly be responsible for the low investment in FGN securities by Pension Fund Administrators.

  • For instance, in late July, the yield on FGN Naira bond with 10 years to maturity fell by 24bps to 13.95%.
  • Basically, investors appear to be reacting to the CBN’s revised Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) placement by banks which is now capped at N2.0 billion (US$5.7 million) from N7.5 billion previously.

Upshots: While the pension fund assets hit a new high of N9.3 trillion, the breakdown of the asset class still remains a source of concern. An earlier publication by Nairametrics revealed that the major reason for the low rate of return on pension fund assets is the “ultra-conservative” investment strategy of pension fund managers who invest almost exclusively in Treasury Bills and FGN bonds.

  • On the other hand, one may not entirely blame fund managers as the regulation requires them to allocate a sizeable portion of their assets to fixed income securities while forbidding them from investing in alternative asset classes and equities.
  • Although this is a risk-management strategy, but the government and the fund managers are expected to work together to ensure that pension asset growth is not sacrificed on the altar of capital preservation.
  • While the latest report by PenCom shows that Nigerian Pension contributors rose to 8.67 million in March 2019 is indeed a welcome development, however, this only represents 12% of the population of employed people in Nigeria. the total number of Nigerians employed in both full and part-time jobs stood at 69.6million.

[READ FURTHER: Nigeria’s pension contributors add N186.43 billion to pension asset]

 

Samuel is an Analyst with over 5 years experience. Connect with him via his twitter handle

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 7th of March 2021, 269 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 158,506 confirmed cases.

On the 7th of March 2021, 269 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 158,506 cases have been confirmed, 137,875 cases have been discharged and 1,969 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A total of 1.54 million tests have been carried out as of March 7th, 2021 compared to 1.49 million tests a day earlier.

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  • Total Number of Cases – 158,506
  • Total Number Discharged – 137,890
  • Total Deaths – 1,969
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,544,008

According to the NCDC, the 269 new cases are reported from 19 states- Enugu (78), Bauchi (37), Rivers (22), Imo (18), Ogun (16), FCT (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Kaduna (13), Kebbi (11), Kwara (9), Edo(7), Ekiti (6), Borno (5), Yobe(5), Kano (4) Nasarawa (3), Osun (3), Anambra (2) and Plateau (2).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 56,444, followed by Abuja (19,350), Plateau (8,944), Kaduna (8,658),  Oyo (6,766), Rivers (6,680), Edo (4,670), Ogun (4,437), Kano (3,844), Ondo (3,066), Kwara (2,962), Delta (2,582), Osun (2,457), Nasarawa (2,251), Enugu (2,156), Katsina (2,060), Gombe (2,010), Ebonyi (1,951), Anambra (1,813), Akwa Ibom (1,610), and Abia (1,588).

Imo State has recorded 1,569 cases, Borno (1,308), Bauchi (1,274), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (942), Niger (919), Taraba (863), Ekiti (834), Bayelsa (779), Sokoto (769), Jigawa (496), Kebbi (412), Cross River (334), Yobe (293), Zamfara (222), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

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On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

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On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

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Twitter CEO auctions his first-ever tweet on Twitter, bidding at $2.5 million

Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first-ever tweet on a website that sells tweets as non-fungible tokens.

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Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey is auctioning his first-ever tweet on Twitter “just setting up my twttr” on a website that sells tweets as non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The tweet was listed for sale on ‘Valuables by Cent’ – a tweets marketplace that was launched three months ago. The tweet was first made in March 2006

The tweet received offers as high as $88,888.88 within minutes of Jack tweeting a link to the listing on” Valuables by Cent” on Friday.

Currently, bidding has reached $2.5 million (€2.1 million) indicating the potential in selling virtual objects that have been authenticated through blockchain technology.

The highest bid for the tweet — $2.5 million — came from Bridge Oracle CEO Sina Estavi. It topped cryptocurrency pioneer, Justin Sun’s $2 million bid.

The final buyer of the tweet will receive a certificate, digitally signed and verified by Jack Dorsey, as well as the metadata of the original tweet. The data will include information such as the time the tweet was posted and its text contents. Most of this information, however, is already publicly available.

According to Valuables by Cent’s terms, 95% of a tweet’s sale will go to the original creator while the remainder will go to the website.

What you should know

  • NFTs is a unique digital certificate that states who owns a photo, video, or other forms of online media.
  • Dorsey’s 15-year-old tweet is one of the most famous tweets ever on the platform.
  • Bidding had reached $2.5 million (€2.1 million) on Saturday, indicating the potential in selling virtual objects that have been authenticated through blockchain technology.
  • More people are currently bidding their tweets on the platform.

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