Ecobank Nigeria and Standard Chartered Bank have joined Stanbic IBTC Bank to become foreign investors’ favourites for investment deals, says National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Details of the Bureau report showed that out of 26 banks foreign investors used to deploy foreign capital, the most investment came through Stanbic IBTC Bank, which attracted $1.63 billion worth of investment in the third quarter of last year, lower than $1.76 billion it had in the previous quarter.
Ecobank followed with $754.38 million worth of foreign investment, while Standard Chartered Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Standard Chartered Bank occupied the third position by attracting $502.47 million inflows.
Access Bank got $477.55 million; Rand Merchant Bank, $430.15 million; Citibank Nigeria Limited; $350.95 million; while First Bank of Nigeria had $307.94 million.
According to NBS, while the total value of capital importation into the economy fell by 7.78 percent to $5.36 billion in the third quarter of 2019 from the previous quarter, Ecobank attracted $754.38 million worth of foreign investment, representing 55.41 percent more capital thus making the bank foreign investors’ favourites for investment deals.
Country Treasurer, Ecobank Nigeria, Adetokunbo Uko, said the bank was leveraging its pan-African strategy to attract capital to the nation’s economy, stressing that the bank remains committed to increasing capital flows to Nigerian financial market.
“As a gateway to the African market for foreign direct and portfolio investments, Ecobank Nigeria is leveraging its Pan-African platform, people and products to contribute to the financial and economic development of Nigeria through provisions of foreign exchange solutions and fixed income products to local and foreign customers.
“We remain committed to our African strategy, to increase capital flows to Nigerian financial market through enhanced product offerings, good customer experience and transparency in all transactions,” he said.
FG To Inaugurate Committee For New Economic Plan
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, has said that the Federal Government will inaugurate a committee for the new economic plan next month.
Agba stated this during a familiarisation visit of the Centre for Management Development centres in Abuja and Lagos, a parastatal under his ministry.
The minister, according to a statement from the ministry, expressed hope of an improved economy in the new development plan which his ministry has already started the development process.
He said a new economic blueprint for the country was imperative following the winding down of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan this year.
The ERGP which is government’s economic blueprint for 2017-2020 has the broad objectives of restoring growth, investing in the people and building a globally competitive economy.
It was developed through a rigorous process involving wide consultations and intensive engagements with relevant stakeholders.
The ERGP aims to address the country’s economic challenges and lays the foundation for economic diversification and growth.
The core vision of the plan is one of sustained, inclusive and diversified growth. The initiatives of the Plan are directed at attaining structural economic transformation.
The new economic blueprint would cover a ten year period with a five-year rolling plan
On the ERGP, which is coming to a close this year, Agba explained that its review is currently ongoing to ascertain what has worked well and what did not.
He said, “It (new plan) has to go beyond the ERGP, we are looking at very old plans that we have had before.
“We are already asking the MDAs to review their sector plans and we are currently receiving them with a view to consolidating them and giving them to the technical working committee to work on.”
The minister expressed disappointment about the level of infrastructural decay at the CMD and assured of government’s support in rehabilitating the centre.
“We have to do all that we can to change the narrative, because lamentation will not help. We have to start taking those steps gradually,” he added.
He described the deficit in the agency’s infrastructure and staff capacity gaps as a hindrance to achieving its set goals
FAAN Warns Job Seekers Against Fake Recruitment Agents
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has warned the general public to be wary of any person or group of persons parading themselves as recruitment agents to the Authority.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, gave the warning on Sunday in a statement made available to our correspondent in Lagos.
She noted that some persons have been going about extorting money from innocent Nigerians using the FAAN’s name when the Authority has not embarked on any form of recruitment exercise, adding that government agencies have stipulated procedures in employment exercise.
Yakubu said “For the purpose of clarity and emphasis, the Authority is not embarking on any form of recruitment exercise at the moment.
“The Authority wishes to inform the public that recruitment into any government agency has stipulated procedures which include advertisements on national dailies, in line with the provisions of the Federal Government conditions of service.
“Consequently, any person claiming to be an agent of the Authority in this respect is a fraudster and should be reported to the Authority or any nearest police station.
“FAAN will continue to deliver on its core values on safety, security and comfort”.
Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
RSG Tasks Building Professionals On Standard
The Rivers State Government has charged professionals in the building industry to always go through due process and laid down regulations to ensure standard practice in urban renewal.
The Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Barrister Osima Ginah, gave the charge while meeting with stakeholders in the building industry in Port Harcourt, recently.
He noted that the society has moved from analogue way of doing things in haphazard manner.
A statement by the Information Officer of the ministry, Isabella Ibim, noted that Barrister Ginah frowned at members of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners who were still using obsolete data analysis in their town planning and physical development and urged them to improve.
He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to reposition the ministry to achieve its goals in urban development.
According to him, the ministry is the watchdog of the state environment and therefore, called for the support of all stakeholders .
He said constructive criticisms were welcome but advised that such criticisms should be done decently rather than maligning the government.
He urged the stakeholders to carry out their duties professionally to maintain set standards in the building industry.
On his part, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Asawo Ibifuro, said as part of the state governor’s mandate to improve service delivery and ease of doing business in the state, as well as bringing transparency and accountability, government has embarked an automation exercise for all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He disclosed that all the MDAs in the state were being automated and stressed that the state ICT department has done the automation process for the Ministries of Education, Health and Justice as well as Internal Revenue Services, adding that they were in the process of automating the Urban and Physical Planning Ministry.
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