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CBN issues disclaimer: Warns public to beware of false loan empowerment scheme

@cenbank has issued a directive to the public to beware of people who send fraudulent messages under the guise of loan givers for small scale businesses.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a directive to the public to beware of people who send fraudulent messages under the guise of loan givers for small scale businesses.

This was contained in a statement released on the website of the apex bank. In the disclaimer titled “Beware of Fraudulent Loan Offers”, the CBN said the email address [email protected] was a false address which should not be associated with them.

The bank also said it does not deal directly with any prospective small business owner, as it has laid down procedures for accessing intervention funds which are disbursed through Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) and Microfinance Banks (MFBs).

The statement written by Isaac Okorafor reads in part: “Members of the public, particularly youth and owners of small-scale businesses, are therefore advised to disregard any message requesting them to send their personal details, including mobile phone numbers, to emails such as [email protected] or any other one that may be contrived. These messages are fake and anyone who enters into correspondence with them does so at his or her own risk.

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“Prospective applicants are advised to approach their respective banks or the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branch nearest to them for clarification on the procedure for accessing any of the CBN-related loans.”

Many people reacted to the disclaimer.

In 2017, the apex bank issued a warning to the public to desist from patronising a faceless group that went about defrauding entrepreneurs under the guise of assisting them with loans. The group reportedly made use of electronic mail that was cloned with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to ask prospective applicants to pay certain amount of money to register for the loan application.

[READ MORE: MTN Nigeria has signed a N200 billion loan deal that effectively shuts out any imminent public offer]

The Bottomline: On its website, all CBN emails end with either @cenbank.org or @cbn.gov.ng. Members of the public should do their due diligence in verifying the validity of the emails that send messages to them.

Reincarnated as a lover of stocks, Angel investors, seed funds, and anything aligned to tech or startups raising money, Joseph's work at Nairametrics involves following the money to wherever it leads. Before joining Nairametrics, he won an investigative journalism fellowship with ICIR, appeared in several national dallies, with hard-hitting opinions, features and investigative pieces. He has also engaged in content marketing and copywriting for a top e-commerce firm in Nigeria.

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Customs Apapa Command generates revenue of N65.4 billion in April

This indicates a 64% increase in collection and an unprecedented record that has never been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command.

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The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Area Command has announced a revenue of N65,463,398,355.85 for the month of April—an increase of N25,585,561,139.92 compared to the same period last year.

This was disclosed by Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf, Area Controller of Apapa command, in a press briefing on Thursday.

What Ibrahim Yusuf is saying

“This indicates a 64% increase in collection and an unprecedented record that has never been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command.

In line with the provision of extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the command was able to further strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through credible intelligence-driven operations.

This led to the seizure of 4×40 feet containers laden with unregistered pharmaceuticals (674 cartons of tramadol tablets in 225mg and 120mg, and 805 cartons of codeine syrup in 100ml) at APMT and SIFAX 3 bonded terminal respectively.

Other items seized in the period under review include: two containers of unprocessed wood and one container of scrap copper wire,” he said.

He added that the progress the Apapa Command made in the month of April was possible due to the resilience of the officers, citing that the Command had taken steps to ensure efficient revenue collection by creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive.

What you should know

Recall Nairametrics reported that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Apapa Command stated earlier that it generated a revenue of N159.58 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

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Why prices of Iron Ore, others may rise soon

The underdeveloped mining of iron ore in Nigeria has led the nation to import the mineral which can be produced locally.

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Iron ore is an important commodity currently in high demand, due to population and infrastructure growth in developing countries, especially Nigeria.

The underdeveloped mining of iron ore in Nigeria has led the nation to import the mineral which can be produced locally. This development is expected to lead to an increase in the price of the commodity, as the nation relies solely on imported iron ore.

Why is the increase imminent

A surge in steel consumption is certain, as the world emerges from its pandemic-induced slump. This is set to drive iron ore to an unprecedented high as the biggest miners struggle to keep up with the frenzied pace of demand.

An Estate Surveyor and Developer, Tunji Lawal, told Nairametrics that expectations are that benchmark prices can get to $200 a ton – topping the record $194 hit more than a decade ago.

According to him, this is happening as Chinese steel producers ramp up production in defiance of government attempts to rein in output to control the industry’s carbon emissions.

He said, “That’s tightening an iron ore market that hadn’t fully recovered from a supply shock more than two years ago.

Iron ore prices could go higher in the short-term and exceeding $200 a ton is definitely possible and that will also push the price up in Nigeria. The price here, which is about N325,000/ton (8mm), is bound to go northward and may increase by N100,000 within a month.”

He added that the increasing demand had been boosting steel prices from Asia to North America.

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The hike is not limited to steel, as other building materials are also expected to rise further.

Meanwhile, Dangote Cement, which increased from N2,600 to N3,800 barely a month ago, stands at N4,000/bag and still counting. The price may rise over N4,000 depending on market forces.

Lafarge Cement and BUA Cement also increased from N2,400 and N2,250 to N3,600 and N3,250 respectively, within the same period. Their prices may also rise further.

Tunde Oluwole, a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, explained that the development was caused by high-interest rates, inflation, increasing exchange rate and scarcity of forex in the country.

He said, “The increasing prices in Nigeria is a result of the combined effects of high-interest rates, devaluation of the naira, inflation, and non-effective distribution network of the materials.”

What you should know

The mining of minerals in Nigeria accounts for only 0.3% of its gross domestic product, due to the nation’s overdependence on its vast oil resources.

China accumulated a majority of the global iron ore imports in 2019, with a 69.1% share of total global imports. Japan followed behind distantly with a 7.5% share of iron ore imports.

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