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Keystone commends Nasarawa farmers, says group deserves more support

Keystone commends Nasarawa farmers, says group deserves more support

Finance
The management of Keystone Bank Limited has commended the expansion project of farmers in Nasarawa State after visiting the farm on Wednesday, saying the team was impressed with the ongoing expansion at the farm. A team from the headquarters of the bank joined by its north-central region team led by Divisional Head, Abuja-Wuse Division, Akinsanmi Falaki, paid a visit to the farm to monitor the support by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the farm. The team leader said the visit was part of the bank’s normal routine monitoring check on credit facilities availed to farmers by the CBN. The farm, which is owned by over five hundred farmers and managed by the Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) in Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa, is one of the singl...
CBN, ABCON, others draw support for FX rule compliance

CBN, ABCON, others draw support for FX rule compliance

Capital Market
Attaining N1 trillion yearly market turnover by the Bureaux de Change (BDCs) has reinforced their relevance to the economic growth of the country. The President of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Dr. Aminu Gwadabe, stated this at the yearly general meeting of the body. Gwadabe, however, said it was too early to rest on their oars as there are more battles to conquer in the effort to position the market as a catalyst of economic development and wealth creation. Speaking at the virtual event attended by industry stakeholders, Gwadabe said the journey to rescuing the market from speculators and achieving foreign exchange (FX) had just begun. He listed major steps taken by ABCON to ensure that all licensed BDCs comply with extant regulations, inclu...
Kano Assembly approves Ganduje’s N20bn loan request

Kano Assembly approves Ganduje’s N20bn loan request

Finance
The Kano State House of Assembly has approved Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s request to access N20 billion domestic loans to fund capital projects. Ganduje had requested the state assembly’s approval to access the sum of N20 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to execute the Janguza-Durum-Kabo-Karaye road billed at N4.5 billion, the completion of Dangi flyover, the construction of township roads in Rano, Bichi, Gaya and Karaye emirates. Also, projected for execution are N8 billion for the construction of Muhammad Buhari road interchange at NNPC Hotoro and construction of rural roads across 38 local government areas, which will gulp N6.5 billion. The legislators, on Monday, at the plenary approved the loan after deliberation and subsequent consent on the report of th...
CBN halts Cryptocurrency Transactions by Nigerian Banks

CBN halts Cryptocurrency Transactions by Nigerian Banks

Business, News
Nigeria's apex banking regulatory body, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in a circular dated 5th February 2021, warned financial institutions in the country to stop all transactions involving cryptocurrency. As a result, all banks, trading institutions and related entities are now prevented from attending to transfers, trade or exchanges involving cryptocurrency and are mandated to close all accounts related to crypto transactions. However this is not the first time the CBN has placed restrictions on bitcoin trade, in 2007 , the Central Bank of Nigeria “officially outlawed digital currencies.” citing reasons like money laundering and terror financing to prohibit banks to use, hold or transact virtual currencies, and they should ensure “existing customers that are virtual cur...
As CBN battles non-conformist diaspora remittance market

As CBN battles non-conformist diaspora remittance market

Finance
Despite efforts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stimulate activities in the formal channels of diaspora remittances, the window has continued to battle with its historical challenges, including rising competition with informal windows, poor regulatory compliance by the international money transfer operators (IMTOs), high charges and underhand dealing of agent banks. Following the growing pressure on the naira last year, the apex bank retooled the regulatory framework with a focus on “improving remittance inflows into Nigeria”. In a meeting with IMTOs and money deposit banks (MDBs), the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, stressed: “Diaspora remittances through International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) shall henceforth receive such inflows in foreign currency through the d...
CBN issues new guidelines on e-payment, fintech development

CBN issues new guidelines on e-payment, fintech development

Business
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued fresh guidelines aimed at strengthening the payment system and development of other disruptive technologies relating to financial services. The regulatory frameworks are contained in two separate documents issued by the apex banks. The documents are created to address challenges in regulatory sandbox and quick response (QR) code payment operations in the country. “In furtherance of its mandates to, ensure the safety and stability of the Nigerian financial system, promote the use and adoption of electronic payments and foster innovation in the payments system, the Central Bank of Nigeria hereby issues the framework for QR code payments in Nigeria,” the CBN said in one of the documents that detailed the operational relationships among issuers,...
Power ‘stressing out’ under unsustainable cash flow challenge

Power ‘stressing out’ under unsustainable cash flow challenge

Power
Despite the intervention of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to address the liquidity crisis rocking Nigeria’s electricity market, the sector continues to struggle under heavy debt. Being the revenue collectors in the market, NERC had, last year, set a minimum market remittance threshold payable by the 11 power distribution companies operating across the country. NERC mandated the DisCos to make 100 per cent remittances to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)’s Market Operator (MO), repay loans to CBN and remit some percentage to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) monthly. CBN also directed money deposit banks to take charge of the collection of electricity bill payments. The move, which, reportedly would en...
CBN Boosts Poultry Industry with Disbursement of N12.55bn Credit

CBN Boosts Poultry Industry with Disbursement of N12.55bn Credit

Agriculture
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has so far released N12.55 billion to support the small, medium and large scale poultry farmers. The CBN explained that the gesture is part of its strategy to boost egg and meat production as well as to create more jobs for Nigerians. Last month, some stakeholders under the umbrella of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) had called on the federal government to intervene in the sector to mitigate the losses occasioned by the restriction of movement of goods and services amidst the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant lockdown. President of the association, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim, while addressing journalists had raised concerns that unless there was an urgent government intervention, the industry might be forced to shut down by January. ...
CBN expects $2bn diaspora remittances monthly, says Emefiele

CBN expects $2bn diaspora remittances monthly, says Emefiele

Finance
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, on Thursday, said the target of the CBN is for the country to attract about $2bn monthly as remittances from citizens in diaspora. Emefiele’s position is coming after the apex bank introduced its new Diaspora Foreign Exchange Remittances Policy. The CBN boss told journalists during a press briefing on the new policy in Abuja that countries that had similar demographic features with Nigeria, such as Pakistan, often received about $2bn monthly from their citizens in diaspora. He said, “I’m aware from the data available that, for instance, Pakistan, even in the midst of COVID-19 receives $2bn monthly from flows from Pakistani in diaspora. “If Nigeria is able to receive even if it is just $1bn monthly or moving close to ...
Amended BOFIA: The birth of ‘unquestionable’ regulator

Amended BOFIA: The birth of ‘unquestionable’ regulator

Business
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been taunted as a super-regulator. This is not only for the autonomy it derives from its enabling law but also because it can bite at will and get away with it. In 2009, when the apex bank, under the leadership of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, sacked the managements of defunct Intercontinental, Oceanic and seven others banks, shattered their owners and took over the institutions in what was termed the ‘Sanusi Tsunami’, individuals and groups went to court in droves. But the litigations made no difference as the banks, except one, were subsequently nationalised and sold under a state cover. Of late, the CBN has been accused of arbitrarily freezing the bank accounts of individuals. First, it was 38 accounts of individuals it accused of being involved i...