15 Sep

Daily Watch – Tata asks Nigeria to sort itself before it invests, Analysts want CRR reduced

  • Tata Power is blaming the prevalence of lawlessness, corruption, policy inconsistencies, and insecurity in Nigeria for its decision to hold back on making an investment in Nigeria’s power sector. But the firm welcomes the current fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, and says its success could persuade a change of heart at Tata. Anil Sardana, formerly of the World Bank and currently the managing director of Tata Power
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11 Sep

The week ahead – The economy, kidnapping and robbery must come into sharp focus

It was announced at the weekend that investors lost about N1.6 trillion at the Nigerian Stock Exchange within the first one hundred days of President Buhari’s government. It was reported that the NSE market capitalization closed at N10.1 trillion, down by over 14 percent from N11.7 trillion closing value of the last day of the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.

As if the 100-day fall was not enough, during the week, global finance institution, JP Morgan,................   read more

11 Sep

Daily Watch – Investors want Land Use Act reviewed, Piracy gulps $7 billion

Real estate investors are hoping that the age-old Land Use Act will be reviewed. According to them, the Land Use Act, which vests ownership of land on state governors has worsened land administration in the country, making access to land for home ownership or investment purposes very difficult for citizens.

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service. He has also approved the sacking of the Chairmen, Secondary................   read more

10 Sep

JP Morgan Government Bond Index – The bad, and the good

JP Morgan removed Nigeria from its Government Bond Index for Emerging Markets in response to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) taking unorthodox steps to shield Nigeria from the volatility triggered by a 60% drop in oil prices. To quote JP Morgan, “Investors who track the GBI-EM series continue to face challenges and uncertainty while transacting in the naira due to the lack of a fully functional two-way FX market and limited transparency… As a result, Nigeria will be removed.”

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10 Sep

Daily Watch – Stocks react to JP Morgan, Tata to set up shop in Nigeria

  • Nigerian stocks fell on Wednesday after JP Morgan said it would Nigeria from its influential emerging markets bond index due to tough controls imposed to prevent a currency collapse. All Nigerian stocks listed in the MSCI frontier market index fell by more than 3 percent, while bond prices sunk and yields spiked across maturities. The stock market, which has the second-biggest weighting after Kuwait on the MSCI frontier market index, recovered some ground from
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09 Sep

Daily Watch – JP Morgan may kick Nigeria off key index, FG worried about rejection of non-oil exports

  • Nigeria will be phased out of JP Morgan’s Government Bond Index (GBI-EM) by the end of October, the bank said on Tuesday after warning that currency controls were making bond market transactions too complex to meet its rules. The JP Morgan index has around $210 billion in assets under management benchmarked to it, supporting investor demand for the bonds it includes. In its response, the CBN said that while it would continue to ensure liquidity and transparency
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08 Sep

Daily Watch – TSA deadline may be infeasible, Enugu Disco suffers high vandalism rate

  • The President’s eight day ultimatum to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to comply with the Treasury Single Account policy appears infeasible, as the office of the Accountant General of the Federation is yet to issue the new operational guidelines that would guide implementation. According to analysts, the process may not be easy, even with a fiat presidential directive. Some challenges, which have surfaced, include the need to review some laws, as
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07 Sep

Daily Watch – Coal gets back in the power game, Emefiele to deliberate on financial plan

  • The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), has signed its first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on coal-to-power with Zuma Power for the construction of a 300 megawatts (MW) coal power plant in Itobe, Kogi State. The 300MW plant is the first phase of an entire 1200MW generation license, which Zuma holds but which NERC broke into four parts of 300MW each, two months ago for ease of execution. Construction is expected to start on the plant in the first quarter
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04 Sep

The week ahead – Expect more killings in the North-Central as the FG looks away

This week, members of Boko Haram arrived the village of Koleri in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State on horseback, and massacred 24 people. This is coming on the heels of the military onslaught against the terrorist group. Earlier, the Nigerian army had announced the liberation of some villages in the same area. Troops discovered two bomb making factories, and arrested few of the terrorists.

An earlier success was recorded Sunday when the DSS announced the................   read more