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Buhari asked us to focus on northern Nigeria — World Bank

Buhari asked us to focus on northern Nigeria — World Bank

The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said on Thursday that the bank had concentrated on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request. Kim and the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who spoke at separate press conferences in Washington DC, United States, also advised Buhari

Nigerians express concern over indiscriminate bank charges-Report

A recent public opinion poll by NOIPolls has revealed that most Nigerians (80 percent) are expressing concern over what they refer to as incessant and indiscriminate bank charges levied on their accounts by commercial banks. The poll, which was prompted by recent media reports and commentary on bank charges and deductions from customer accounts without

BREAKING: National Assembly passes 2017 budget

The National Assembly has passed the 2017 Appropriations Bill, raising the budget from N7.28 billion earlier proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari in December last year, to N7.44 trillion. The Appropriations Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives separately presented their harmonised reports of the budget for consideration and subsequent passage on Thursday. According

FG reverses forex restrictions for schools fees, medical tourism, business travels, others

The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) has reversed it policy restriction on foreign exchange (forex)and has ordered banks to set up forex kiosks at airports. This policy reversal was made public via a statement by Isaac Okoroafor, the Apex Bank’s spokes man. SEE STATEMENT BELOW: “In continuation of efforts to increase the availability of Foreign Exchange

Fayose threatens to sue FG over Eurobond, likens APC to biblical prodigal son

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has compared the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the “biblical prodigal son”. Expressing concerns over the plan of the current administration to lend $1bn Eurobond, Fayose threatened to sue the federal government over the issue. He said he was worried that the deal could plunge the country into more

Nigeria’s 3rd Eurobond issue over-subscribed despite economic crisis

In spite of the gloom on the country’s economy, investor confidence in Nigeria remains high as the $1 billion Eurobond issued by the federal government on Thursday was over-subscribed by almost eight times. The over-subscription was with orders in excess of $7.8 billion compared to a pre-issuance target of $1 billion. The bond, issued under

South Africa introduces $260 minimum wage as Nigeria’s remains stuck at $60

South Africa will introduce a national minimum wage of 3,500 rand ($261) per month in 2018, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday, according to a Reuters report. The announcement follows protracted negotiations between the government and labour unions. Nigeria’s current minimum wage is N18,000 ($60) with organised labour asking it be increased to at

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