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Implication of the Forex Ban on Food Items
With 84% of Nigeria’s export (as at Q2’2020) as oil products, we reiterate that Nigeria does not really have an import problem. Nigeria has an export problem and until that problem is solved, average Nigerians will always suffer higher commodity prices due to the demand management strategy of the CBN anytime external shocks occur in the oil market.
[Archive] From Recession to Growth: The Story Of Nigeria’s Recovery from the 2016 Economic Recession
Being a Paper presented by Godwin I. Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria at the Special Convocation of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
2021-2023 MTEF: Key Implications and Market Impact
We recently received the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) released by the budget office of the Federation. We have thus provided an update on the key highlights, their implications and market impacts.
Analysis of Nigeria’s Fiscal Revenue from January to April 2020
₦1.25 trillion was expected to be generated in January and February, however, ₦952.5 billion and ₦845.1 billion was generated respectively implying that only 76% and 68% of expected revenue were achieved. The month (March) which ushered in the Great Lockdown, saw a steep decline in revenue by 14% to ₦729.64 billion (M-o-M) compared to ₦1.32 trillion expected to be collected showing underperformance of 45% revenue collection. Mild recovery was experienced in April's revenue to ₦915.28bn against ₦1.32trillion expected, an improved 70% target revenue generated.
Nigeria’s Double Whammy of Inflation and Unemployment Increases
Persistent rise in the general price of goods within an economy is acclaimed inflation. Increasi...
Fallacy of an African Giant
This exposition tries to carry out a comparative analysis between Nigeria and selected economies in Africa. South Africa in Southern Africa, Egypt from Northern Africa, Kenya from East Africa and our neighbour (Ghana) in the same West African coast.
The Inflation Interplay in Nigeria
Five years ago, 5 naira and 10 naira currency were a significant part of our national denomination, and you could walk into any shop and get sweets, biscuits for that amount. This same 5 and 10 naira are becoming hard to come by, with little or no purchasing power. Coins have gone into extinction, confined to the books of accounts only, telling us the currency keeps losing its value with the passage of time.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Nigeria Real Estate and Housing Sector
It is no doubt that the commercial real estate is the hardest hit of all in the property sector during this pandemic. The hotels, retail space, convention centres were all shut down, except for the exempted essential spaces. As the economy begins to open worldwide without a vaccine to cure the virus yet, the impact of Covid-19 has made work-from-home (WFH) more attractive out of necessity.
Analysis of the Debt Profile of Nigerian States
Analysis into the domestic debt profile of the 36 states and FCT shows that Lagos state with total debt of N444.23 billion has the highest domestic debt stock outstanding among the states and this represents 10.82% of the total domestic debt stock. Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in combined have total debt worth 19.92% of the total domestic debt stock of the 36 states and the FCT. Of the top 10 states based on debt, only Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Delta states are among the top 10 states based on 2019 Internally IGR.


Analysis of the Financial Performance of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc in Half Year 2020
MTN Nigeria increased its subscribers base by adding 6.8m to its network totaling 71.1m mobile subscribers as of June 2020. Total revenue generated was up by 12.5% (y/y) to ₦638.08bn for the first half of the year, compared to ₦566.95bn generated in the same period in 2019. Growth in revenue was largely driven by a 12.6% increase in revenue from Services provided which accounted for 99.8% of total revenue (₦636.99bn). Service revenue included revenue from its core activities of providing voice calls, data services, digital platforms, fintech (MoMo), and Other services (SMS, USSD, etc.).
Is a Wave of Bankruptcies Heading for the Offshore Oil Industry?
Offshore drilling major Valaris became the latest victim of the crisis this week as it filed for bankruptcy in the U.S., proposing a swap of some $6.5 billion in debt that will see creditors become its owners. But it is just the latest headache for offshore drillers. There is more than $20 billion in offshore drillers' debt still out there—and there are not many new drilling contracts.
H1’20 Review of Activities in Nigeria Equities Market
Although Stock bourses are forward looking in nature, they generally portray the momentum of the economy. An upward trend could signal investors' confidence in the market while otherwise could mean sell-offs and economic activities are going south.
NNPC: Inefficient in its Core Business, Excelling in Non-Core Areas (3)
This article provides a critical review of the financial performance of the 20 subsidiaries of the NNPC for the 2018 financial year. We also provide an aggregate figure for the Group based on the results of the 20 subsidiaries.
NNPC: Inefficient in its Core Business, Excelling in Non-Core Areas (2)
This article provides a critical review of the financial performance of the 20 subsidiaries of the NNPC for the 2018 financial year. We also provide an aggregate figure for the Group based on the results of the 20 subsidiaries.
NNPC: Inefficient in its Core Business, Excelling in Non-Core Areas (1)
This article provides a critical review of the financial performance of the 20 subsidiaries of the NNPC for the 2018 financial year. We also provide an aggregate figure for the Group based on the results of the 20 subsidiaries.
How Nigerian Banks Performed in 2019
Here is an analytics of the financial performance of the 14 listed banks on the Nigerian Stock Exchange based on their 2019 financial report.
Q3 2019 Industry Report for the Banking Sub-Sector
This report provides an industry analysis into the activities and performance of the banking sector in 2019. Here, all the banks listed on the NSE would be analyzed based on financial performance as well as performance in terms of their respective share prices.
Understanding Lagos State Finances and its Preference for External Debt over Internal Debt
Lagos State Government recently released its financial statement and we provide an insightful analysis into the state finances and its debt profile.


[INFOGRAPHICS] E-Business % Of Revenue of Nigerian Banks (H1'2020)
Nigerian Banks Electronic Transaction Revenue a question on efficiency of cashless policy.
[INFOGRAPHICS] Cash As A % Of Total Payments(Selected Countries)
Cashless policy a myriad in Nigeria payment transactions amongst other countries.
[INFOGRAPHICS] South African Vs Nigeria Banks (H1'2020)
South African banks are bigger than Nigerian banks in terms of Total Assets. However, Nigeri...
[INFOGRAPHICS] Poverty Rate By Sectors In Nigeria
Nigeria's Poverty Rate by Sectors Will able-bodied young people be better off or worse of...
[INFOGRAPHICS] Loan Book and Non-Performing Loan of Nigerian Banks as at H1'2020
Loan Book and Non-Performing Loan of Nigerian Banks as at H1'2020
[INFOGRAPHICS] FDI Inflows Into Selected African Countries In 2019
FDI Inflows into selected African countries in 2019


China and the Burgeoning African Debt Crisis
Contrary to the swirling rumors on African social media and in the local press about the supposed imminent danger of Chinese asset seizures in Zambia, it’s not the Chinese that are the problem here… it’s bondholders on Wall Street and in The City.
Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown
The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.
COVID-19 Response in Emerging Market Economies: Conventional Policies and Beyond
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emerging market economies far exceeded that of the global financial crisis. Unlike previous crises, the response has been decisive just like in advanced economies. Yet, conventional policies are reaching their limit and unorthodox policies are not without risks.
Global Imbalances and the COVID-19 Crisis
A new IMF External Sector Report shows that overall current account deficits and surpluses in 2019 were just below 3 percent of world GDP, slightly less than a year earlier. The latest forecasts for 2020 imply only a further narrowing by some 0.3 percent of world GDP, a more modest decline than after the global financial crisis 10 years ago.
Impact of Conflict and Political Instability on Banking Crises in Developing Economies
A new IMF staff paper investigates whether rising conflict and political instability globally over the past several decades has led to more banking crises in developing countries. The study focuses on the potential impact of conflict and political instability on systemic banking crisis in 92 developing countries over the period 1970-2016.
COVID-19 is Reducing Domestic Remittances in Africa: What does it Mean for Poor Households?
The amount remitted by migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has grown tenfold in two decades, from $4.8 billion in 2000 to $48 billion in 2018. This reflects a steady increase in the number of people who decided to move in search of a better life: from 21.6 million in 2000, the number of migrants from Africa grew to 36.3 million in 2017.
COVID-19 Crushes Global Economy but Emerging Markets are in Bigger Troubles
By 2021, it is of high expectation that the world will return to normalcy, and economies around the world should recover from the adverse effect of coronavirus spread. However, emerging markets may continue to wallow in economic crisis as contemporary issues like weak GDP growth rate, unemployment rate, high debt profile, income inequalities, among others, remain in the picture, most of which have been worsened by the global pandemic effects.
The Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on Global Poverty: Why Sub-Saharan Africa Might be the Region Hardest Hit
COVID-19 is taking its toll on the world, causing deaths, illnesses and economic despair. But how is the deadly virus impacting global poverty? Here we’ll argue that it is pushing about 40-60 million people into extreme poverty, with our best estimate being 49 million.
Germany: The Troubled Giant
So far in 2020, the industrial giant of EU zone has been badly hit as a result of several factors in the global space, causing further pain for the economy. In January 2020, production activities nosedived, recording a huge decline of about 2.7% year-on-year, blame the total economic lockdown measure against the global pandemic.


Mission Impossible? Can Fragile States Increase Tax Revenues?
The COVID-19 shocks are proving to be especially challenging for fragile states. Pre-COVID, fiscal revenues were low in such countries and governments were struggling to raise them. Now, COVID-19 is hitting them hard and fiscal revenues are falling. Once the pandemic abates, restoring and further enhancing tax collection is even more important to secure debt sustainability, facilitate the post-COVID-19 recovery, and meet development financing needs in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
Trade as a Tool for an Efficient Recovery
As economies now look for paths to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, new evidence reaffirms that policies for more open and trade-integrated economies could significantly benefit domestic competition and ultimately may help lower costs for consumers in emerging and developing economies.
IMF Lending During the Pandemic and Beyond
In the face of unprecedented uncertainty and the severe economic impact triggered by COVID-19, the Fund continues to adapt its lending. At the same time, it aims to ensure realistic targets, uphold the credibility of programs, and foster national ownership. To date, the Fund has provided financial assistance, mainly through emergency lending and precautionary lending tools, to about 80 countries.
Charting a Path for a Resilient Recovery in Sub Saharan Africa
As we all continue to grapple with the COVID‑19 crisis, policymakers also need to look ahead. Countries need to ensure that the vast global fiscal support deployed to fight the pandemic also works to build a smarter, greener and more equitable future. Nowhere is that more important than in sub‑Saharan Africa. It is where the needs are greatest and also home to the world’s youngest population, creating added urgency to act now to build forward better. Together, we need to chart a path to a more resilient recovery.
Supporting Migrants and Remittances as COVID-19 Rages On
Just as COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted some communities more than others, globally, the virus has had an over-sized negative impact on migrant workers.
Air pollution: A silent killer in Lagos
As Nigeria’s economic hub, Lagos is one of the world’s fastest-growing megacities, but this rapid growth has had a downside with high rates of illness and premature death caused by unhealthy air.
How Strong Infrastructure Governance Can End Waste in Public Investment
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on people, firms, and economies all over the world. While countries have ramped public lifelines;to individuals and firms they will face enormous challenges to recover from the pandemic, amidst low economic activity and unprecedented levels of debts.Public infrastructure investment will play a key role in the recovery But with resources tight, governments need to spend taxpayer money wisely on the right projects. For this, countries need good infrastructure governance—strong institutions and frameworks to plan, allocate, and implement quality public infrastructure.
COVID-19: Without Help, Low-Income Developing Countries Risk a Lost Decade
While the COVID-19 crisis is sending shockwaves around the globe, low-income developing countries (LIDCs) are in a particularly difficult position to respond. LIDCs have both been hit hard by external shocks and are suffering severe domestic contractions from the spread of the virus and the lockdown measures to contain it. At the same time, limited resources and weak institutions constrain the capacity of many LIDC governments to support their economies.
Launching a New Academic Year under the Cloud of COVID-19
The next few weeks mark the beginning of the school year across the northern hemisphere. Per the World Bank School Closure data, (School Closures and Affected Students by country; a World Bank tracking tool) sixty-seven countries, almost half of them located in Europe and Central Asia, have reopened or are expecting to reopen schools by September. This year, the safety of students and teachers vis-a-vis the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread is top priority.