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Q3: FG, states, LGs get FAAC’s N2tn, highest in 2020

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The federation accounts allocation committee (FAAC) has disbursed a total of N2.054 trillion to the three tiers of government in the third quarter of 2020.

This is contained in the quarterly review report released by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Tuesday.

A breakdown showed that the Federal Government received N812.22 billion; N676.5 billion to state governments; and N429.16 billion to local governments.

This is the first FAAC allocation in 2020 to hit the N2 trillion mark.

It is also 5.6 per cent and 6.2 per cent higher than the disbursements made in the first and second quarter respectively.

In the first quarter of the year, a total disbursement of N1.945 trillion was made while N1.934 trillion was shared in Q2 2020.

The report noted that the increased allocation is as a result of exchange rate adjustment by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The total amount disbursed in the third quarter of 2020 was the first time that total disbursements exceeded N2 trillion in 2020,” the report read.

“Important to note here is that the Central Bank of Nigeria adjusted the official exchange rate from N360/$1 to N380/$1 in early August. Since the revenue from FAAC is disbursed in naira, this necessarily means that more funds will be disbursed in months after the adjustment.”

The CBN has had to devalue the naira twice in 2020; first from N306/$ to N360/$ and from N360/$ to N380/$.

This development sustains a trend that third-quarter disbursements are always higher than disbursements in either the first or second quarter of the year.

With the exception of 2018, FAAC disbursements between 2015 and 2019 were highest in the third quarter

This is attributed to “increased demand for oil during the summer season, and the attendant surge in oil prices”.

Despite the increase in allocations within the year, the Q3 2020 disbursement is lower when compared to Q3 2018 and 2019.

The N2.054 trillion disbursed in Q3 2020 was 9.6 percent lower than the N2.273 trillion disbursed in the third quarter of 2019 and 9.8 percent lower than the N2.278 trillion disbursed in the third quarter of 2018.

NEITI explained that the dip in disbursements “was largely on account of the impact of COVID-19 and its associated effects on demand for oil, oil prices, economic activities and other sources of revenues”.

On total net FAAC disbursement, Osun received the lowest net disbursement (N9.39 billion), while Delta received the highest disbursement (N43.08 billion).

For deductions, Yobe had the lowest deduction of N81.98 million, while Lagos had the highest deduction of N17.35 billion.

The deductions of Lagos state were higher than the combined total deductions of 20 states: Yobe, Sokoto, Borno, Jigawa, Kebbi, Katsina, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Kano, Nasarawa, Kwara, Taraba, Niger, Edo, Abia, Kogi, Kaduna, and Rivers which totalled N15.72 billion.

The report also projected that actual oil revenue will outperform projected oil revenue for the fourth quarter although all tiers of government may struggle to meet their revenue projections.

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Apprehension as passengers train derails in Kaduna

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JUST-IN: Abuja-Kaduna train terails, passengers stranded

A passenger train on Sunday derailed at Jere along the popular Abuja-Kaduna route, leaving the travellers stranded in the mountainous area.

The train was said to have left Kaduna at 8.05am heading for Abuja but developed fault about an hour later and stopped at Jere.

It was not immediately clear how many passengers were inside the train.

It was however learnt that more armed security personnel had been mobilised to the area in addition to those on the train to allay the fears of the passengers and their family members.

Senator Shehu Sani, in an alert raised on his verified X handle, stated, “A Kaduna morning train derails near Jere but engineers are attending to it.”

Workers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation have been drafted to the spot to repair the train, with about three carriages off the tracks.

Security personnel, including soldiers and police officers, are also on the spoke to keep watch over the passengers and the train.

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Lanre Shittu Motors to roll out high-tech CNG buses next month

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lanre Shittu Motors Ltd, Taiwo Shittu, says the company will next month (June) roll out Compressed Natural Gas-powered buses across the country to ease public transportation.

According to him, the move is fallout of the Presidential CNG initiative (Pi-CNG), as part of palliative intervention of the Bola Tinubu administration to provide succour for the masses after fuel subsidy removal.

The LSM MD who spoke recently from Havard Business School, expressed delight at a number of measures taken by the current government towards rejuvenating the various auto assembly plants in the country with specific attention to CNG buses to boost public transportation.

Following a presidential directive that CNG buses must be a priority and preferred mode of transport by the various ministries, departments and agencies, he said the government had shown its determination to encourage the local auto assembly plants.

Taiwo Shittu said during the telephone interview that by June 2024, Lanre Shittu Motors would be deploying large units of the LSM branded CNG buses in airports across the country and for other mass transportation needs.

He disclosed that LSM mulled the idea of CNG vehicles and saw it as the future of the local automotive industry many years ago because of the abundance of natural gas in the country as well as the economic benefits of CNG buses to both operators and commuters.

Taiwo Shittu assured that there are plans to start assembling LSM-branded CNG buses in Lagos using the best technology like in other parts or the world.

Apart from assembling CNG vehicles from start to finish at the LSM plant, he said the company has enough kits capable of converting petroI-powered automobiles to the CNG vehicles.

He assured prospective customers of quality after-sale maintenance of any stock rolled out from the LSM assembly plant.

For over 40 years., LSM through the visionary founder and chairman, Late Alhaji Lanre Shittu, has carved an enviable niche within the automotive industry through its quality products and services.

Taiwo Shittu said introducing the LSM-branded buses was one of the many ways of immortalising him.

He said, “We have taken proactive steps in the past years to offer quality training to our technicians at various stages, levels and categories of auto assembly and after-sale maintenance services.

“Upon graduation and certification, the technicians are also deployed not only in the various LSM offices nationwide, they are also being sought after by other industry stakeholders within the nation’s automotive value chain.”

The management of Lanre Shittu Motors says that all branches of the company are currently fully equipped with state-of-the-art CNG conversion equipment while orders have been activated and running seamlessly.

Meanwhile, the first set of CNG vehicles will be inaugurated during the present administration’s first anniversary on May 29, 2024.

The Federal Government allocated N100 billion from the N500 billion palliative budget to purchase 5,500 CNG vehicles (buses and tricycles), 100 electric buses, and over 20,000 CNG conversion kits.

This funding also supports the expansion of CNG refilling and electric charging stations.

 

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Naira falls to N1,515/$ on parallel market

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Naira falls to N1,515/$ on parallel market

The Naira yesterday depreciated in the parallel market to N1,515 per dollar from N1,495 per dollar on Wednesday.

Similarly, the Naira depreciated to N1,485.66 per dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM
Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for NAFEM rose to N1,485.66 per dollar from N1,462.59 per dollar on Wednesday, indicating N23.07 depreciation for the naira.
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The market recorded an intraday high of N1,510 per dollar and an intraday low of N1,401 per dollar, resulting in a bearing of N109 per dollar.

The volume of dollars traded (turnover) increased by 35.7 percent to $167.55 million from $123.45 million on Wednesday.
Consequently, the margin between the parallel market and NAFEM rates narrowed to N29.34 per dollar from N33.59 per dollar on Wednesday.

Naira falls to N1,515/$ on parallel market

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