The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Abiodun Oyebanji has revealed that his administration is working hard majorly to make Ekiti State a destination of choice for discerning investors.
Oyebanji noted that the required laws and policies to achieve this milestone have been put in place to ensure investors’ confidence and also make massive investment in critical infrastructure and security in the State.
The Governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ekiti State, Mr. Dele Ogunsemoyin, while addressing participants on Saturday at the Ekiti State Special Day held at the Lagos International Trade Fair ground noted that all these plans were put in place by the Ekiti State government in order to make the state attractive and competitive.
According to him, “Our aspirations aim at driving double digit economic growth over the next decade, attract increased private sector investments, provide the necessary infrastructure to make the State attractive to investors, improve the Human capital indicators and leap frog our economy to a Private Sector driven Economy.
Consequently, we are working very hard to make our State a destination of choice for discerning investors and on our side of discussion, we have highly competent, knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate officials who are eager and ready to walk you through the simplified steps to doing business in Ekiti.
The State Government has put in place the required laws and policies to ensure investors’ confidence and also make massive investments in critical infrastructure and security. All these were being done to make Ekiti State attractive and competitive. Among the various institutions put in place by the State Government to support a vibrant economy includes: Industrial park, Infrastructural investment, Telecommunications network, Road Infrastructure, power supply, water reticulation and resuscitation, Security, incentives for investment, establishment of a one-stop shop and more ”
The Governor therefore assures the participants of the state cooperation with any well meaning industrialists who’s ready to contribute to the state economy growth.
“I want to assure you that the State Government is ready to cooperate with any well-meaning Industrialists or even participate in any industrial ventures that require joint participation in line with the State Public Private Partnership/concessionary policy”.
He further commend the leadership of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) for organising the fair for the sole purpose of connecting businesses and promoting trade in Nigeria.
“I want to commend the leadership of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry for organizing this Fair which I believe is the leading forum for Trade and business promotion in Nigeria.”
See Reason banks are asking customers to renew BVN and NIN linkage
The Nigerian banks are currently pushing their customers to link their National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) as the March deadline fixed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approaches.
This has caused a lot of uproar amongst customers who received messages from their banks. Complaining that the exercise is a repetition as they had linked all the details before now.
According to Nairametrics report, it was gathered that many may have linked their BVN but not the NIN as required by the new directive.
For tier 2 and 3 accounts and wallets, the CBN’s directive said they must be linked with both BVN and NIN, while only tier 1 accounts have the option of BVN and/or NIN.
According to bank sources, some customers who had linked their BVN have also been discovered to have irregularities in their details and they would be required to perfect their records with the banks to avoid being blocked.
Why banks are sending messages
Some bank officials who spoke with Nairametrics under the condition of anonymity said they were only sending messages to tier 2 and 3 customers, who have not linked the two numbers to their accounts.
“This is a directive from the Central Bank, and we have to ensure that our customers are well informed and that is why we are sending messages to those that have not fulfilled these requirements.
“In most cases, you have customers with tier 2 and tier 3 accounts, who have only linked their BVN and not NIN. But the directive is that they must be linked and that is why those who have linked their BVN will still get the same message for BVN and NIN. But what they will need to do is to just link their NIN,” one of the sources said.
“In some cases, you found out that the information in the BVN submitted by the customers and that of their NIN do not tally. This set of customers will need to redo the exercise to regularize their details,” another official added.
Meanwhile, bank customers in Nigeria have been lamenting as they receive messages from their banks asking them to link their NIN and BVN. Many of the customers said this exercise has been done and wondered why the banks are asking them to repeat the same.
To worsen the case, the customers are required to visit their nearest bank branch to do the linkage. Many of the customers who believed they had done the linking in the past expressed worry that they would have to go through the rigors of queueing at the bank again.
The CBN’s directive
The CBN on December 1, 2023, announced that all bank accounts without Bank Verification Number (BVN) and National Identification Number (NIN) will be placed on “Post no Debit” effective April 2024.
The new directive was contained in a circular issued by the central bank and sent to all deposit money banks. The central bank also stated that all the BVN or NIN attached to and associated with all accounts/wallets must be electronically revalidated by 31 January 2024.
CBN begins sale of dollars at N1,301 per USD
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the sale of foreign exchange to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in the country.
This was contained in a memo signed by Hassan Mahmud, the director of Trade and Exchange Department at the apex bank.
According to the memo, the move is part of CBN’s “strategic step” to increase liquidity and strengthen the naira against “manipulators”.
Mahmud noted that the CBN will sell the United States dollars to BDC operators at N1,301 per USD.
The BDC operators are expected to sell to customers at not more than 1% above the purchase rate from the CBN.
Recall that the naira recently traded as high as N1,800 to the dollar.
The statement reads: “Following the on-going reforms in the foreign exchange market, aimed at achieving an appropriate market determined exchange rate for the Naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has observed the continued price distortions at the retail end of the market, which is feeding into the parallel market and further widening the exchange rate premium.
“To this end, the CBN has approved the sale of foreign exchange to eligible Bureau De Change (BDCs) to meet the demand for invisible transactions. The sum of $20,000 is to be sold to each BDC at the rate of N1,301/$ – (representing the lower band rate of executed spot transactions at NAFEM for the previous trading day, as at today, 27th February 2024).
“All BCs are allowed to sell to end-users at a margin NOT MORE THAN one percent (1 %) above the purchase rate from CBN.
“All eligible BDCs are directed to make the Naira payment to the designated CB ForeignCurrency Deposit Naira Accounts and submit confirmation of payment, with other necessary documentations, for disbursement at the appropriate CBN Branches – ABUJA, AWKA, LAGOS and KANO)”
Nigerian Breweries releases new prices of drinks
The Nigerian Breweries Plc recently announced an upward price change for its Stock-Keeping Units (STUs) with effect from February 19.
A letter dated February 12 titled: ‘Price review notification,’ by the Zonal Business Manager (West), Lekan Awosanya, reads in part: “This is to inform you that we are constrained to review the prices of some of our SKUs effective from Monday, 19th February 2024. This review has become necessary because of the continued rising input cost and the need to mitigate the impact.
“In appreciation of our great partnership and your commitment, we will deliver at the current prices all open orders that are fully funded and created in our system before 00.00hrs on Monday, 19th February 2024.
“While thanking you for your commitment to our great partnership, be rest assured that we will continue to support your sales/distribution efforts as always. For further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Business Manager.”
Here is the new price list
1. GULDER – N950
2. STAR – N850
3. 33 EXTRA – N850
4. HEINEKEN – N1300
5. LIFE – N850
6. LEGEND – N1250
7. TIGER – N750
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