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Nigeria’s economy grew by 2.4% in Q1 – OPEC



Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said that Nigeria’s economic growth in the first quarter of 2023 (1Q23) stood at 2.4 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y).

OPEC made this known in its Monthly Oil Market Report for August obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday.

OPEC said this was against a growth of 3.6 per cent in fourth quarter of 2022, an indicator of 2023 anticipated slowdown.

According to the report, after Nigeria’s economy grew by 3.3 per cent in 2022, it is forecast to decelerate in 2023.

It said high inflation continued to burden the Nigeria’s economy.

“Inflation data for June shows an ongoing acceleration, with an annual rate of 22.8 per cent y-o-y, following 22.4 per cent y-o-y in May and 22.2 per cent in April and 22 per cent in March.

“Food inflation has been a key factor in this rise, reaching 25.1 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) in June, after 24.8 per cent y-o-y in May.

“A combination of factors including conflict, the impact of climate change, population pressures, and the below-average output of the agricultural sector, exacerbated the scarcity of food resources over recent years,’’ it said.

To assist, it said the Nigerian government had unveiled a comprehensive financial package amounting to N500 billion.

To lower inflation, the report said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) lifted the key policy rate by 25 basis points to 18.75 per cent in July.

As a consequence of the ongoing challenges, it said in May 2023, Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria Purchasing Managers Index retracted to stand at 51.7 in July, after a level of 53.2 in June was reached.


Steel manufacturers hail Tinubu over $14bn deal



Kamoru Yusuf

The Basic Metal, Iron and Steel Products Manufacturer, a sectoral arm of the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria, (MAN) has commended President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for his overwhelming performances and efforts towards the nation’s economic growth at the just concluded Nigeria-India economic roundtable meeting in India.

The group also commended the president for attracting the sum of $14 billion investment to boost the nation’s economy adding that the feats recorded by the Bola Tinubu-led government within 100 days of its inauguration will no doubt accelerate economic recovery and business growth in the steel sector.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Chairman of the group, Dr. Kamoru Yusuf MON, stressing that, “Iron and Steel sector, if given the required attention and necessary support, is capable of ensuring accelerated growth of the nation’s economy.

Dr. Yusuf, who is also the Group Managing Director of KAM Holding Limited, a wholly owned indigenous Iron and Steel Industry in Nigeria added that, “President Tinubu has by all standards demonstrated his love and readiness to support industrialists. We, in the Iron and Steel sector of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN) are ready to support his administration with data, workable templates and roadmaps that will support Mr. President in his endeavour to succeed in his mandates to Nigerian citizens.

“As major stakeholders in Nigeria’s Project, we received this news with huge excitement and sense of fulfillment and hope that the breakthrough will further change the game of operations as ‘Risk Takers’ in the nation’s business environment. We pledge our unalloyed support to your administration towards ensuring and providing enabling atmospheres for industrialists to continue to thrive.”

The statement also emphasised that, “President Tinubu’s exceptional efforts in attracting such a substantial investment for Nigeria’s steel sector deserves standing ovation and applause.”

The group therefore promised to continue to support the Minister for Steel Development, Alhaji Shuaibu Audu, in the discharge of his duties at all times.




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Ex-CBN director urges FG to reduce cost of governance



Dr Titus Okunrounmu, Former Director of CBN

Dr Titus Okunrounmu, former Director, Budgetary Department at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance in order to stem the country’s debt profile.

Okunrounmu, who gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ota, Ogun, described the list of ministerial portfolio on Wednesday as over bloated for a country with huge debt profile.

According to him, funding the nation’s recurrent budget with borrowing does not need these large number of ministers and bloated special assistants, which inevitably must allow for allowances and official vehicles.

“These excess baggage was not projected for in the 2023 Federal Budget and the revenue estimates could not cover the recurrent budget.

“In addition, the federal government needs financial discipline to curb corruption in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to reduce debt profile in the country,” he said.

Okunrounmu advised the federal government to redouble its efforts and work against policy somersault to encourage influx of foreign investors into the country.

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