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How we diversify our sources of revenue —Ogah

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, has corrected the long-held notion about the mono- resource base of the ministry.

Dr Ogah, while receiving the delegates of Management and Senior Executive Course 43 at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Plateau on Tuesday in Abuja, declared that the ministry generates its revenue from other sources apart from royalties.
“People do associate the source of the ministry’s revenue to royalties but this did not only contribute to our revenue.
“We generate funds from Value Added Tax (VAT) collected from quarries and cement companies, their VAT constitutes part of our revenue because they are part of mining.
“The VAT from limestone is little but all these tax also made up of the revenue, so there is a lot of improvement in revenue generation by the ministry,” he said.
Ogah said that the ministry had been charged with the overall mandate to unlock the economic potential of the minerals and metal sector and ensure the sustainability for peace and prosperity of all Nigerians.
“The ministry is currently wielding a presidential directive to take a leading role in the diversification of our national economy in the light of the challenges of the vulnerability of the oil economy and it is uncertain prospects for the future.
“In our commitment to deliver on presidential task, we have not only rejigged our vision and mandate but developed and adopted new reform initiatives and innovative strategies for ensuring optimal performance of the sector.’’
He said that the visit of NIPSS to interact with the officials of the ministry was timely as this would go a long way in promoting the attainment of the objective of the ministry.
“We are expecting feedback from the delegate on areas that the ministry can improve on, this will add to some of the policy formulation and the future growth of the ministry,’’ Ogah said.
He said that the ministry had made a great improvement in revenue generation from other mining sources.
Earlier, the Acting Director-General, Brig-Gen. of NIPSS, Adaya Chukwuemeka said that the visit was to understudy the ministry’s mission, vision, and challenges.
Chukwuemeka, represented by Prof. Audu Gambo, head of the delegate said that the ministry was a very strategic institute and their wealth of knowledge could be of great opportunity to proffer growth and solutions to the challenges of the ministry.
He appreciated the ministry for the warm reception accorded the team and urged the ministry to send a director to the institute to undergo the course.
The delegates of NIPSS that visited the ministry constitute officers from different Ministries, Parastatal and Agencies (MDAs) at the state and the federal level, Navy, Army among others.

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Nigerians to groan under fresh fuel scarcity for another two weeks- Independent Petroleum Marketers

The Eyewitness Reporter 
The current fuel crisis in the country may not go anytime soon as the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has warned that the situation may likely persist for the next two weeks.
Speaking against the fresh fuel scarcity in the country, the IPMAN’s Public Relations Officer, Chinedu Ukadike disclosed that there is no petrol product available for supply in the country.
Ukadike, in a statement, said there is a breach in the international supply chain, adding that fuel is not available even for Nigeria’s sole supplier, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NPCL).
This follows an ongoing turnaround maintenance of refineries in Europe.Ukadike explained that once there is a breach in the international supply chain, it will have an impact on domestic supply because they depend on imports.

“The situation is that there is no product. Once there is a lack of supply or inadequate supply, what you will see is scarcity and queues will emerge at filling stations.

“On the part of NNPCL, which is the sole supplier of petroleum products in Nigeria, they have attributed the challenge to logistics and vessel problems.

“Once there is a breach in the international supply chain, it will have an impact on domestic supply because we depend on imports.

” I also have it on good authority that most of the refineries in Europe are undergoing turnaround maintenance, so sourcing petroleum products has become a bit difficult.” IPMAN spokesman said.
According to him, “NNPC Group CEO has assured us that there will be improvement in the supply chain because their vessels are arriving”.“Once that is done, normalcy will return. This is because once the 30-day supply sufficiency is disrupted, it takes two to three months to restore it.

“We expect that by next week or so, NNPC should be able to restore supply and with another week, normalcy should return,” he said.

Ukadike further stated that “NNPC has said the marketers who have not been able to renew their licences will not be allowed to remain on their portal which has been shut for some time now.

” Because of this, we have not been able to request new products”.

 “At this nascent period of deregulation, you will discover that this leads to scarcity, even when the product arrives.

“As it is now, even by their data, out of 15,000 marketers that are on the portal with licences, only 1,050 renewed their licences.

“The requirement for renewal by NMDPRA is so much. Marketers are facing a hostile environment. NNPC placed a deadline of April 15, 2024, for marketers to renew their licences.

“We are, therefore, appealing to NNPC to extend this deadline and also to NMDPRA to hasten the release of licences of marketers who have completed their processes, and also reduce bottlenecks around licence renewals.”

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CBN sells $15.830m at N1.021 per dollar to 1,583 BDCs

CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso
The Eyewitness Reporter 
In its ongoing effort to ensure liquidity in the foreign exchange market which is expected to ease the pressure on the naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday disbursed the sum of $15,830,000m to 1,583 licensed Bureau De Change Operators at $10, 000 each.
In a letter dated April 22nd, 2024 and addressed to the President of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria and signed by Dr Hassan Mahmud, the Director, Trade and Exchange Department of the CBN, the beneficiaries are mandated to sell allocated forex to eligible end users ” at a spread of not more than 1.5 percent above the purchase price.
The CBN said the sale of forex to the BDCs will meet market demand (retail-end) for invisible transactions.
The apex bank however advised all the BDCs to continue to abide by the rules and conditions as stipulated in the operational guidelines.
The beneficiary BDCs have trading locations at Lagos, Abuja, Akwa and Kano.
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News Alert! CBN revokes operational licenses of 4,173 Bureau De Change operators for breach of regulatory guidelines

CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso

The Eyewitness Reporter

In its continuous efforts to sanitize the foreign exchange market and halt the frightening slide of the naira in exchange for the dollars, the Central Bank of Nigeria has revoked the operational licenses of 1,173 Bureau De Change operators.

In a press release issued Friday, March 1st, 2024 and signed by Mrs. Sidi Ali Hakama, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications, the apex bank said the axed BDCs failed to observe at least one of the following regulatory provisions which include payment of all necessary fees, including license renewal within the stipulated period in line with the Guidelines, rendition of returns in line with the Guidelines, compliance with guideline, directives and circulars of the CBN, particularly Anti-Money Laundering(AML), countering the Financing of Terrorism(CFT)and Counter-Proliferation Financing(CPF) regulations.

The apex bank said it relied on the powers conferred on it under the Bank and Other Financial Institutions Act(BOFIA)2020, Act n0.5 and Revised Operational Guidelines for Bureaux De Change 2015(the Guidelines).

“The CBN is revising the regulatory and supervisory guidelines for Bureau de Change operations in Nigeria. Compliance with the new requirements will be mandatory for all stakeholders in the sector when the revised guidelines become effective.

‘Members of the Public are hereby advised to take note and be guided accordingly”, the statement concluded.

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