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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE BETTER AREWA FORUM (TBAF) ON THE NAIRA DEVALUATION ADVICE BY VICE PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO TO CBN

Our attention has been drawn to an open advice by VP Osinbajo to the Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele to devalue our national currency – the naira, based on “personal beliefs”.
VP Osinbajo was reportedly
Speaking at the midterm retreat of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure, when he gave this shocking advice.
The VP was reported to have said that the exchange rate is artificially low, and this is deterring investors from bringing foreign exchange into the country.
The last time we checked, the VP is not an economist by any stretch of imagination. Secondly, with the present state of our national economy, isn’t it highly dangerous to start a policy reversal from nowhere? Our stand is therefore as follows:

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1. The VP should not work against a system that made him what he is, in the pursuit of his unbridled 2023 plans.
2. The VP should know that going through the backdoor to pull down the system will be totally unacceptable to us as Northerners who have been getting legitimate access to CBN support for agricultural loans and other forms of support for our farmers.
3. Every Nigerian is aware that insecurity is the real problem giving a deadly blow to the survival of the naira and not ” artificially low” value placement. This argument of “artificially low” value does not sound sensible to even a novice. With the growing security challenge in the country, everyone knows that most investors would like to pause for a while before pumping their resources in any part of this country, because of the activities of bandits, IPOB and Ighbohos of this nation. It is a straight jacket, that insecurity is responsible for the fall of the naira and not some imaginary “artificially low value”.
4. We, as Northerners, feel greatly concerned that any artificial tinkering with the current economic situation of the country by Osinbajo, on the premise of a personal belief would worsen the economic gains of the current administration, thereby amounting to something like a stab on the back.
5. We call on the VP not to veer into an area he knows little or nothing about, especially given the current situation of the country. We are in a period of working for solutions to current problems and any further confusion is unacceptable.
6. We are yet to fully recover from the unexpected sack of a prominent Northerner as DSS boss, by the same VP and we will therefore not support a repeat of such a rash decision premised on personal belief rather than professional knowledge.

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*Conclusion*
It is evident that already, the country is struggling with a multiplicity of problems and cannot afford new and avoidable ones at this point. Let wisdom prevail over rash decisions. We have done our duty – warning against a potentially regrettable decision.

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Alh Abdulmalik sani

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The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc on Thursday provided statistics on misalignments in the power value chain, saying that about 14,000 megawatts of electricity was contracted to power generation companies.

Managing Director, NBET, Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, gave a breakdown of the quantum of Nigeria’s electricity demand, what was contracted, available capacity, what was produced, among others.

He provided these statistics while speaking during a plenary session at the World Energy Day Conference 2021, with the theme, ‘Energy Transition: Gas as Fuel of Choice’, organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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This came as the Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, Nigerian National Petroleum Company, Mohammed Ahmed, told participants at the event that about 77 million Nigerians were currently without access to electricity.

Providing statistics on Nigeria’s power situation, Ewelukwa said, “In terms of situating the gas discussion within the context of the power sector, we have some misalignments in the value chain which the government is trying to address.

“And that misalignment starts with the fact that in terms of the demand for electricity in the country, it is about 28,000MW. But when you look at the contracted capacity for electricity, it is about 14,000MW.

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“You look at the current available capacity of electricity in terms of what was contracted, it is about 7,600MW. You look at transmission capacity, it is about 8,100MW.”

He added, “Now, of all these statistics the most important is what is the highest volume of electricity ever put on the grid; it is 5,800MW. So you see that it keeps dropping.”

The NBET boss explained that the 5,800MW was the highest peak ever attained in the history of Nigeria, but stressed that what was actually available on a day-to-day basis was between 4,000MW and 5,000MW.

“And of that 4,000MW to 5,000MW, because of issues relating to tariff, such as concerns about cost reflective tariff, what actually is paid on a monthly basis by the distribution companies is not up to that 4,000MW that is available,” Ewelukwa stated.

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He, however, noted that the good thing was that there were plans within the government space to address the anomalies.

On his part, Ahmed, who was represented by the Managing Director, NNPC Gas and Power Investment Limited, Salihu Jamari, said Nigeria had about 200 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves that could be used for power generation, among others.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has stated that the eNaira can serve as a medium for the government to send direct payments to citizens eligible for specific welfare programs.

The Central Bank revealed this in a document seen by Nairametrics titled, “Design Paper for the eNaira.”

According to the apex bank, the eNaira will make it possible for government to make targeted welfare payments to citizens directly, without the need for any intermediary.

What the CBN is saying

The CBN acknowledge that the pandemic exposed a significant challenge to the payment system globally particularly regarding welfare distribution.

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It stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic tested the effectiveness of payment systems globally and highlighted gaps especially in the distribution mechanism of welfare incentives. In some instances, cash was distributed due to lack of visibility and adaptability of existing payment infrastructure to new and emerging modes of value transfer.”

The Central Bank acknowledges the eNaira as a means by which the challenge of government’s monetary distribution to citizens can be effectively and efficiently addressed to ensure accountability is achieved.

“The eNaira provides a clear means for the government to send direct payments to citizens eligible for specific welfare programs more rapidly than through other means. This ensures that accountability is achieved, and the right persons get the funds. When a need arises, such as in times of economic crises, the central bank can also serve as a government agent and execute eNaira transfers to individuals and businesses affected,” the bank stated.

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CBN added that, “The eNaira will make it possible for governments to make targeted welfare payments to citizens directly, without the need for any intermediary. This will reduce the cost of delivering welfare benefits to citizens in need of welfare support and ensure the right people are receiving support.”

With eNaira, FG To Pay Nigerians Directly Will Be Easy – CBN

This capacity for the eNaira to provide seamless process for government to send direct payments to citizens would be an added advantage in the adoption of the eNaira in Nigeria.

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The CBN stated earlier that the eNaira is meant to create a secure and cost-effective process for remittance inflow to the country, amongst other benefits.

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The apex bank also stated that eNaira’s usability would definitely improve as Nigerians without internet-enabled phones would be able to transact without having to subscribe to data or having an internet-enabled phone.

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The Founder and CEO of Obcrex Mr Obi Emmanuel Anthony has Revealed the New Identity of Rebranded Obcrex and promise better and Quick Services Response rate to customers as he poises to be the leading Crypto Trader in Nigeria.

In His Statement Mr Obi Emmanuel Anthony said
“We’re thrilled to unveil our refreshed brand identity. The updates show the evolution of our company since its founding in 2019. While this is a significant change, our core beliefs haven’t changed.
He stated that the last few months, obcrex have put in alot into creating a new image that would accurately depict who we are,

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Obcrex have made it a purpose to grow with intention as individuals and as a brand targeting to be the best, fast, secure & most trusted crypto / exchange brand. We are empowered by these changes and an overwhelming sense of kinship

Obi Emmanuel also Assured Customers that the New team of like-minded, determined professionals will continue to enable our customer’s success as well as each other’s success within our industry, and beyond

We have an actively ready team of attendant to listen to all issues you might have. The credibility of the company is beyond compromise as we always work towards 3 values which are speed, reliability and credibility. We’re well known by our regular users as the best.

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