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Okonjo Iweala

Okonjo-Iweala named director at UK bank

Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been named an independent non-executive director at Standard Chartered Plc in the United Kingdom. Okonjo-Iweala Standard Chartered PLC is a British multinational banking and financial services company head-quartered in London and with presence in [...]

July 28, 2017 Finance
Central bank issues


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday retained the nation’s monetary interest rate at 14 per cent, citing headwinds confronting the domestic economy on one hand and the uncertainties in the global environment on the other as reasons for its [...]

July 26, 2017 Finance
Kemi Adeosun

Nigeria can no longer afford to borrow to fund its budget – Adeosun

Nigeria can no longer afford to continue borrowing to fund its budget and must seek alternative fundraising mechanisms, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Tuesday. “We need to mobilise additional revenue to fund our budget,” she said. “We have got [...]

July 12, 2017 Economy, Finance
BEVERLY HILLS, April 13, (THEWILL) – The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos, owned by Mr. Adamu Muazu, a former governor of Bauchi state and ex-National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), THEWILL has gathered exclusively. The NIA is the government security agency tasked with overseeing foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations in Nigeria. A ranking government official with knowledge of the latest twist to the seizure confirmed to THEWILL that NIA Director General, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, has been in touch in EFCC’s boss, Ibrahim Magu, to express his displeasure over the raid at the apartment used as one of NIA’s safe houses in Lagos for its clandestine operations. The official said Magu, whose confirmation as substantive chairman of the agency has been frustrated by the DSS and the Senate, has been under pressure to show President Muhammadu Buhari the billions of naira he told the president during a meeting that the EFCC had recovered under his leadership. “So he is on a reckless search for monies hence all these strings of raids and seizures within the last one week,” the source who asked not be identified said. “I can authoritatively tell you that money belongs to the NIA. The DG has come forward to claim it and has informed my office of the development. He is furious with Magu for his agency’s recklessness and for compromising their operations,” the official told THEWILL. Meanwhile, Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court in Lagos Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of the cash and ordered that the funds be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government and adjourned till May 5, 2017, for anyone interested in the funds to show up before him to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. THEWILL had previously linked Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former Managing Director, Retail, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to the haul found in an apartment on the 7th floor. She denied ownership of the cash in a statement by her attorney Thursday though admitted residing on the second floor. National Intelligence Agency Claims Ownership

More Twists In The $43m+ Seized By EFCC As National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Claims Ownership – Source

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos, owned by Mr. Adamu Muazu, a [...]

April 14, 2017 Finance
African Dev Bank

Development Bank Of Nigeria Set To Begin Operation, Gets CBN Licence

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) is set to begin operations as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued license  to the bank. The bank was established to support small-scale businesses, with loans of varying lengths at lower interest [...]

March 30, 2017 Finance
Central Bank Nigeria

CBN orders banks to process retail forex demand within 24 hours

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday ordered banks to process foreign exchange demand for Personal Travel Allowance (PTA) and Business Travel Allowance (BTA) in all their branches within 24 hours. The CBN gave this order in a circular to [...]

March 6, 2017 Finance
Nelson Ashinze

Ashinze, 9 Year-Old Designer To Get FG Support

The Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment, Mrs Aisha Abubakar, says the Federal Government will support  nine-year-old Nelson Ashinze to realise his potential as a designer. Abubakar made the pledge during the presentation of Ashinze’s brand of designs, [...]

January 31, 2017 Finance

BREAKING: Efforts To Save The Naira Have Crumbled. – IMF.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says efforts to save the Nigerian currency, the Naira by rationing foreign exchange have gradually crumbled and added that the challenges around foreign exchange in Nigeria have pushed inflation to double digits in Africa’s largest economy. [...]

January 15, 2017 Economy, Finance, International

2017 Budget: Presidency plans to spend N6.5bn on cars, animals, kitchen equipment, others

The Presidency has proposed a N6.5 billion capital expenditure with which to buy cars, kitchen equipment, feed the animals in the Villa zoo, and rehabilitate office, as well as, residential buildings.   Buhari Specifically, N100.8 million has been earmarked for [...]

December 25, 2016 Finance

BREAKING: DSS Invades Bureau De Change Operators, Forces Dollar Down To N400.

The Muhammadu Buhari’s government have ordered the officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) to clampdown on  Bureau de Change operators, a measure they drafted to force down the exchange rate of he US dollar to the Nigerian Naira. Two [...]

November 10, 2016 Economy, Finance, Government and politics, Law
AfDB Approves $600m Loan for Nigeria

AfDB Approves $600m Loan for Nigeria

AfDB Approves $600m Loan for Nigeria: The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a $600m loan for Nigeria, several months after the Federal Government had approached the lender for a budget-support facility. The loan is meant to [...]

November 3, 2016 Finance
economic recession

Nigeria Seeks $1 Billion Bailout Loan From African Development Bank

Nigeria Seeks $1 Billion Bailout Loan: Nigeria is in talks with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a $ 1 billion loan to help cover its 2016 budget deficit, the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun said on Monday, September 26, 2016. [...]

September 28, 2016 Finance
Dame Patience Jonathan

EFCC Freezes Patience Jonathan’s Personal $5m Account

EFCC Freezes Patience Jonathan’s Personal $5m Account: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen Patience Jonathan’s personal account, titled ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc. Impeccable sources within the agency told our correspondent on Wednesday [...]

September 22, 2016 Finance
FG Saves N420bn in 15 Months from New Procurement Law

FG Saves N420bn in 15 Months from New Procurement Law.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr Emeka Eze, has said over N420 billion had been saved for Federal Government in the last 15 months through the activities of the bureau on contract valuation. Ezeh, who was speaking at [...]

July 12, 2016 Finance
Banks and Tax Evasion

Reps To Investigate Banks For Tax Evasion

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Finance has said it will probe tax evasion by commercial banks. It has invited the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), banks’ chief executive officers and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The apex bank [...]

May 26, 2016 Finance

N338bn bailout: Benue, Imo diverted funds – ICPC report

Benue and Imo states allegedly diverted money meant for the payment of workers’ salaries. This is according to a report by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, which monitored how states spent the N338bn bailout fund given [...]

April 23, 2016 Finance
Bola Tinubu

#PanamaPapers: How Tinubu Operated 12 Shell Companies In Tax Havens.

Last October, Nigeria’s biggest indigenous oil and gas company, Oando Plc, made history for the wrong reason when it announced a loss of N184 billion in the 2014 financial year. The loss was the biggest ever recorded by any Nigerian [...]

April 19, 2016 Finance, International
Falana threatens

Why Borrow $2bn Loan When You Can Recover $200bn Loot – Falana Threatens FG

Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), human rights lawyer, has advised the Federal Government to shelve its plan to obtain $2bn loan from China. According to him, “plunging the nation into more indebtedness” the Federal Government should intensify efforts to recover some [...]

April 17, 2016 Finance
Buhari China -Hope for Nigeria

Nigeria Did Not Sign Any Loan or SWAP Agreement With China. – Presidency.

The presidency has clarified that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sign or receive any loan from China, as his supporters reported over the week. Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in response to inquiries on whether the loan received from China [...]

April 17, 2016 Economy, Finance, General
Buhari Railroad Promise

Buhari Deliberately Killed Lagos – Calabar Rail Project. He Did Same With Lagos Metro. – Chidi Cali, UK.

President Muhammadu Buhari omitting the Coastal Rail line project from Lagos to Calabar in the 2016 budget was NEVER an omission, but a deliberate act to punish the region that he hates to a fault. Buhari did the same in [...]

April 11, 2016 Finance, Key sectors
Ayodele Fayose

Fayose To Buhari: Withdraw 2016 Budget, It’s A National Embarrassment

Height of national embarrassment N10 billion questionably smuggled into the budget Nothing allocated to public health and family health   Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to save the country of the national embarrassment being [...]

February 11, 2016 Finance, General

Zenith Bank now listed on London Stock Exchange

Zenith Bank now listed on London Stock Exchange Zenith Bank Plc has been listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), making it the third financial institution to join the elite league in the market. Other banks from the country listed [...]

January 29, 2016 Finance
Sanusi Lamido

Stop Banks from Charging N100 Monthly ATM Charges Now – Reps Tell CBN Governor

The House of Representatives has urged the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to stop Nigerian banks from introducing N100 monthly maintenance fee in the country’s banking sector. This was sequel to a motion moved by [...]

July 4, 2015 Finance

At Last, Okonjo-Iweala Speaks On 2013 Budget

Okonjo-Iweala Speaks On 2013 Budget – Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will on Thursday, break the long silence that trailed the signing of the 2013 Budget into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.   [...]

May 31, 2015 Finance
African Development Bank

African Development Bank Group Approves $300m Loan for Nigeria

African Development Bank – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group approved Wednesday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, a loan of US $300 million to finance the Transport Sector and Economic Governance Reform Program and the Nigeria Country Strategy [...]

May 24, 2015 Finance
National Budget

National Assembly Agrees To Remove Loaded Figures in Budget

Report reaching Hope For Nigeria is confirming that the National Assembly members may have agreed to remove the figures they inserted to the original 2013 draft Budget, which angered the President. The Nbillions added by the Lawmakers were claimed to be for [...]

April 16, 2015 Finance

Jonathan Will Not Sign 2013 Budget This Week – Okonjo-Iweala.

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan will not sign the 2013 budget this week. This is because discussion over the budget is still ongoing between the Executive [...]

March 31, 2015 Finance

Facts Check: Ezekwesili’s accusations of waste, the Jonathan-Administration Defence And Counter-Accusations – Eneruvie Enakoko

These are interesting times indeed for Nigeria: a couple of days ago, former World Bank Vice President for the African Region, and Due Process Pioneer in the Obasanjo Administration, Obiageli Ezekwesili, in a thought provoking keynote address entitled, “The Wealth [...]

March 17, 2015 Finance
Gov Ahmed

Kwara State Is Financially Buoyant

Gov.  Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has said that the state is financially buoyant to meet its obligations. Ahmed, who made this known in Ilorin during a monthly interactive session, said the State Government had paidsalaries, contractors and settle other claims. [...]

February 20, 2015 Finance

RE: Yar’Adua, Jonathan Squandered U.S. $67B Foreign Reserves – Response Statement By Mr. Labaran Maku, Hon. Minister of Information

Statement By Mr. Labaran Maku, Hon. Minister of Information The recent statements by Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili at UNN’s convocation ceremony on January 24, 2013, betray a surprisingly limited understanding of government finances. These statements are even more curious in light [...]

February 9, 2015 Finance