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Oil marketers have asked Nigerians to embrace vehicles using compressed natural gas as an alternative to petrol-powered automobiles.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) gave the advice through its National President, Mr Chinedu Okorokwo, saying the CNG is a viable alternative energy source that would cushion the effect of petrol subsidy removal.

This came as major oil marketers promised to donate 100 units of 50-seater buses worth N10bn in support of the Federal Government’s subsidy removal interventions.

Already, the organised labour has forwarded a similar suggestion to the FG to support mass conversion of petrol engine vehicles to natural gas-powered.

The marketers made these known in Abuja after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

The CNG producing less emission is said to be the cleanest burning fuel operating today with less vehicle maintenance and longer engine life.

Okoronkwo said, “We have also discovered that bringing an alternative that is cheaper than even firewood which is CNG, will not only create relief for the government and its citizens but it is environmentally friendly.

“The CNG is abundantly available in Nigeria than anywhere in Africa.

“In the Niger Delta region, you see billions of tonnes of gas being wasted daily; these are huge amounts that should be accruing to our GDP, but we are wasting it because there is no market for it. So, we are asking the government to create the market.

“How do you create the market? What Egypt and India did was to give soft loans to be paid back within stipulated periods; from there, you can get vehicles to use gas instead of fuel.”

Also, the leader of the delegation to President Tinubu, Winifred Akpani, announced the intention of the group to donate 100 units of 50-seater buses using the CNG to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal.

She said the policy of using Natural Compressed Gas (CNG) vehicles would be implemented to reduce the cost of living.

She expressed the support of the marketers to fuel subsidy removal, stressing that it was long overdue.

She observed that the move, although painful and stressful, would unleash the economic potential of Nigeria, engender free-market economy, entice foreign investors, ensure security as well as creation of jobs and wealth.

The delegation was led to the President by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

The Federal Government last year unveiled 20 high-tech CNG buses meant for civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The initiative was undertaken in a collaboration with FEMADEC Group, a private engineering and construction company.

A number of auto firms have received the support of the National Automotive Design and Development Council to assemble and market gas-powered vehicles.

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing recently showcased mass-produced CNG buses from its Nnewi factory, Anambra State.

Omaa has equally rolled out CNG-buses from its Anambra-based assembly plant to increase the number of firms engaged in the business in Nigeria.

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CBN gives new directive on dormant accounts, unclaimed bank balances

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released updated guidelines for managing dormant accounts, unclaimed balances, and other financial assets in banks and other financial institutions across Nigeria.

Under the new directives released on Friday, financial institutions must transfer accounts that have been inactive for over a decade to the CBN’s custody.

The CBN’s guidelines aim to standardize the handling of dormant accounts, unclaimed balances, and financial assets. They detail the procedures banks and financial institutions must follow to manage these funds and assets.

The bank will later provide details on how to transfer the relevant balances, funds, and assets to the CBN. It will also supply updated templates for submitting quarterly returns to the Banking Supervision Department or the Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department, as appropriate.

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Effective immediately, these guidelines replace a previous circular from October 2015.

The CBN noted that financial institutions often hold deposit accounts and other liabilities that see no customer activity for extended periods, rendering them dormant. Maintaining such accounts can lead to significant unclaimed balances, which may not benefit the depositors.

Furthermore, the CBN warned that dormant and unclaimed balances are increasingly vulnerable to fraud and misuse.

The revised regulation aims to prevent the misuse of dormant and inactive accounts, establish operational standards, and enhance the CBN’s oversight of these accounts. It also seeks to identify dormant accounts and unclaimed balances, reunite them with their rightful owners, hold the funds in trust, and provide a standardized procedure for reclaiming these funds.

Eligible accounts include those that have been dormant for 10 years or more.

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Nigerians lament high cost of yam, 100 tubers sell for N1m in Karuna

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Nigerians lament high cost of yam, 100 tubers sell for N1m in Karuna

Both the sellers and buyers alike are confused at the Bakin Dogo food market in Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, as 100 tubers of old yam go for N1 million at wholesale.

Meanwhile, the same number of new yams cost between 350,000 and 400,000 in the same market.

One of the retailers in the market identified as Alhaji Abubakar, lamented his inability to recoup his capital let alone make any profit from the last 100 tubers he bought.

According to him, “Honestly we are in big trouble. I have never experienced this type of market for decades. We are suffering too much this time around.

“One Koriya (100 pieces) of big old yam is N1 million. More than half of the last ones I bought are still here because people are not ready to buy one yam for more than N9,000.

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“Imagine selling one yam for N10,000. Those who buy one or two are our regular customers who have built trust in us over a period of time. Others are pricing it anyhow”, he said.

To Muhammed, “the new yam is already here, and that poses a big threat to those of us who still have old yams for sale. “For example, I sell one new yam for between N4,000 and N4,500. That is equivalent to the old ones while we sell10 pieces of new yam (medium) for 14,500.”

They both attributed the scarcity of yams to the inability of a lot of yam dealers to go to remote villages due to escalating insecurity in the country. The available are also being mopped up for inward transportation to neighbouring countries like Niger and Ghana.

One of the prospective buyers who spoke in confidence said: “I have to change my mind. The last time I came here, I bought the same size N3, 000. “Today they are asking me to pay N9,000 for just one old yam and N4,000 for a new yam. But, I don’t want to buy the new yam yet because it can easily spoil.

“Meanwhile one tier of garri is N1, 400. So, why do I have to spend my scarce money just to buy just one yam that we will just boil and eat once?”

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Nigeria’s external reserves climb to $36.89bn, says CBN gov

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Nigeria’s external reserves climb to $36.89bn, says CBN gov

Nigerians can look forward to economic improvements as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announces an increase in the country’s external reserves.

According to CBN Governor Olayemi Cardoso, the reserves have reached $36.89 billion as of July 16, 2024.

Cardoso made this announcement in Abuja during a briefing with the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and other Financial Institutions.

He highlighted several positive economic indicators, including a significant reduction in the disparity between official and Bureau De Change (BDC) rates, which has decreased from N162.62 in January to N47.22 in June 2024. This reduction points to enhanced market efficiency and fewer opportunities for arbitrage.

Addressing the committee, Cardoso stated that various measures and strategies are in place to address emerging economic challenges. He noted that the increase in external reserves, up from $33.22 billion at the end of December 2023, is primarily due to revenues from crude oil-related taxes and third-party receipts.

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“In the first quarter of 2024, we maintained a current account surplus and saw improvements in our trade balance,” said Cardoso. “Our reserves as of the end of June 2024 are sufficient to cover over 11 months of imports of goods and services, or 14 months of goods alone. This is well above the international benchmark of three months, providing a strong buffer against external shocks.”

Cardoso also emphasized the robustness and diversity of Nigeria’s banking sector, which includes twenty-six commercial banks, six merchant banks, and four non-interest banks. He reported significant improvements in key indicators such as capital adequacy, liquidity, and non-performing loan ratios, highlighting the sector’s growing stability and resilience.

The governor noted the impressive performance of the equity market, with the All-Share Index rising by 33.81 percent and market capitalization increasing by 38.33 percent from December 2023 to June 2024. These gains reflect a growing confidence among investors.

While acknowledging these positive developments, Cardoso assured that the CBN remains committed to policies that support sustainable growth in the financial markets and overall economic stability.

Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, Chairman of the Senate Committee, opened the session by stating that the primary goal of the interaction was to receive updates on the CBN’s efforts, activities, and plans regarding monetary policy.

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