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It is better to privatise a functioning refinery than a non-functioning one – Minister

Minister of State for Petroleum has said that subsidy is one of the reasons why refineries are not functioning optimally.

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The Federal Government has stated that it is better to privatise/concession a functioning refinery than a non-functioning one, as it attributed the ailing state of the facilities to fuel subsidy.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timpreye Sylva, during a press briefing on Petroleum Industry Bill on Thursday.

According to the minister, the subsidy is one of the reasons the nation’s refineries are not functioning optimally and such constraint will be taken away with deregulation.

READ: Why NNPC should be commercialised

He said, “Subsidy is one of the reasons why our refineries are not functioning optimally. That constraint will be taken away with deregulation.

“That is why we must now fix our refineries, so that they can function optimally in a deregulated regime. It is better to privatise/concession a functioning refinery than a non-functioning one.”

READ: NNPC to support alternative energy initiative by deploying CNG plants across the country

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He added that the nation’s refineries are NOT archaic and that the Port Harcourt Refinery, which was built in 1960s and bigger one commissioned in 1989, cannot by any stretch of imagination be considered archaic.

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FAAC payment: Obaseki replies Finance Minister, says FG should end monetary rascality

Governor Obaseki has urged the FG to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality

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Edo State to build Museum, set for more Benin Bronze returns in 2021, Over 13,000 MSMEs benefit from Edo State Government fund 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki responded to allegations by the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, over FAAC top-up in March, saying that the state will not “join issues with the Minister” but urges the FG to end the current monetary rascality.

The Edo State Governor disclosed this in a statement on Thursday morning, stating that:

  • While we do not want to join issues with the Finance Ministry, we believe it is our duty to offer useful advice for the benefit of our country.
  • The Finance Minister should rally Nigerians to stem the obvious fiscal slide facing our country.
  • Rather than play the Ostrich, we urge the government to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality, so as to prevent the prevailing economic challenge from degenerating further.

The Governor added that he believes the imperative to approach the Nigerian project “with all sense of responsibility and commitment and not play to the gallery”.

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Nairametrics reported that The Nigerian Government stated the claim made by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, that N60 billion was printed as top-up for the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in the month of March is untrue.

“What we distribute at FAAC is revenue that is generated by NNPC, FIRS, Customs… It is not true to say we printed money to distribute at FAAC,” Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed said.

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Shoprite: Nigerian company, Persianas to take over operations

Persianas, a Nigerian property group, will take over Shoprite’s operations in Nigeria at the conclusion of a bidding process.

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Shoprite’s sales drop by 8.1% in Nigeria in H2 2019 over Xenophobic attacks

Nigerian property group, Persianas, will take over Shoprite’s operations in Nigeria after a bidding process was concluded. The company is reportedly arranging debt to finalise the deal.

This was disclosed in an exclusive report by Reuters on Wednesday. According to the report, the deal was confirmed by banking sources.

What the report says

  • Persianas Properties emerged as the buyer after a bidding process, and the company is arranging debt for the buyout.
  • MBO Capital and KPMG advised Persianas, while FBNQuest is arranging debt.

Bloomberg also reported that Shoprite’s owners valued its sale at N30 billion; however, the deal between Persianas and Shoprite remains undisclosed.

READ: NSE fines Mortgage bank, Conoil, others over N1 billion for account filing default

What you should know

Persianas Group owns the Palms Shopping Mall in Lagos, which also contains a Shoprite outlet.

Recall Nairametrics reported last week that the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council (FCCPC) had said it was not aware that Shoprite was exiting Nigeria, but that there was a pending application for a merger/acquisition involving it.

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