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FG lists $4bn Eurobonds on FMDQ Exchange platform




FMDQ Securities Exchange Ltd. has announced the listing of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s $4 billion dollars Eurobonds under its global medium-term note programme on its platform.

This is contained in a statement by FMDQ Exchange made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

The breakdown of the listings are as follows, 6.12 per cent $1.25 billion dollars, Sep. 2028, 7.37 per cent $1.50 billion dollars, Sep. 2033 and 8.25 per cent $1.25 billion dollars Sep. 2051 Eurobonds under its Global Medium-Term Note Programme.

It said that the listing of the foreign currency-denominated debt securities was another commendable feat for the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Debt Management Office (DMO).

The statement said the transaction demonstrated government’s unrelenting commitment to supporting the development of the nation’s debt capital markets (DCM) toward sustainable economic development.

“These issuances represent the FGN’s seventh Eurobond issuances, following the issuances in 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019.

“The admission of these Eurobonds, co-sponsored by Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Ltd. and FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd., is reflective of the potential of the Nigerian DCM and the commendable level of confidence demonstrated by both issuer and investors,” it said.

Speaking on the successful issuance of the Eurobonds, the Director-General, DMO, Ms Patience Oniha, was quoted by the statement as saying that “this issuance was one of the largest financial trades in Africa in 2021 and also aligns the objectives of the Nigeria’s Debt Management Strategy (2020-2023).

“Investors’ keen interest in the issuance as shown by the Order Book of over 12 billion dollars demonstrated confidence in Nigeria’s economy, with bids being received from international investors across Europe, America and Asia as well as robust participation from domestic investors.

“The Eurobonds enabled access to international capital markets inflow of foreign exchange and increased our external reserves.

” DMO achieved this successful outing through the team of international arrangers, Nigerian bookrunner, the financial adviser and the legal advisers.

“The proceeds of the Eurobonds were applied to part-finance the deficit in the 2021 Appropriation Act. The Eurobonds have been listed on the London Stock Exchange and FMDQ Exchange,” Oniha said.

Also speaking, the co-sponsor of the Eurobonds and a Registration Member (Listings) of the Exchange, Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Ltd., through its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bolaji Balogun, said: “Chapel Hill Denham is honoured to have acted as Nigerian bookrunner and Joint Lead Manager on the FGN’s four billion dollars Triple-Tranche Issuance.

“The FGN and DMO appointed a Nigerian Bookrunner for the first time on a Sovereign Issuance and the firm delivered the largest ever domestic demand on a Eurobond Issuance, enabling the FGN price tightly, notwithstanding tricky market conditions”.

Also, the co-sponsor of the Eurobonds and a Registration Member (Listings) of the Exchange, FSDH Merchant Bank Ltd., through its Managing Director, Mrs Bukola Smith, said: “FSDH Merchant Bank Limited is pleased to have acted as Financial Adviser to the FGN on the issuance.

“The Eurobonds were oversubscribed by 300 per cent and saw significant demand from a diverse cohort of large ticket investors and was indicative of confidence in Nigeria and our economy; despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The listing of the Eurobonds on FMDQ Exchange will provide visibility and enhance the liquidity of the Eurobonds.
“We would like to thank the FGN, the DMO and the investor community for their support in ensuring the successful capital raise,” Smith said.




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We Have No Magic Wand, Tackling Inflation Will Take Time — Cardoso



Yemi Cardoso,CBN Governor
Yemi Cardoso,CBN Governor

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Olayemi Cardoso has urged the citizens to be patient over the fight against current inflation and hike in food items in the country.

Cardoso disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, meeting in Abuja.

The CBN governor mentioned that there was no magic needed to solve inflation in Nigeria but rather patience.

Also, Cardoso noted that despite pressure from food inflation, the general inflation rate was “moderating”, pointing out that “the tools the Central Bank is using are working”.

He stated, “I have several times and I will say again, there is no magic wand. These are things that need to take their time.

“I am pleased and confident that we are beginning to get some relief and in another couple of months we will see the more positive outcomes from the Central Bank have been doing.”

He added, “The committee thus reiterated several challenges confronting the effective moderation of food inflation to include rising costs of transportation of farm produce, infrastructure- related constraints along the line of distribution network, security challenges in some food producing areas, and exchange rate pass-through to domestic prices for imported food items.

“The MPC urged that more be done to address the security of farming communities to guarantee improved food production in these areas.

“Members further observed the recent volatility in the foreign exchange market, attributing this to seasonal demand, a reflection of the interplay between demand and supply in a freely functioning market system.”

The Central Bank of Nigeria has also blamed the recent volatility of the country’s foreign exchange market on seasonal demand for dollars.

“Members further observed the recent volatility in the foreign exchange market, attributing this to seasonal demand, a reflection of the interplay between demand and supply in a freely functioning market system,” a communique issued by the committee on Tuesday stated.

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Port Harcourt Refinery Begins Full Operations Next Month



Port Harcourt Refinery
Port Harcourt Refinery

The 210,000-barrel-per-day Port Harcourt refinery is expected to commence operations by the end of July, following multiple delays.

National Public Relations Officer of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Ukadike Chinedu, revealed this new timeline on Monday. He noted that the refinery’s operation would boost economic activities, reduce petroleum product prices, and ensure an adequate supply.

In December last year, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, announced the mechanical completion and flare start-off of the Port Harcourt refinery, the largest in the region.

The refinery consists of two units: an older plant with a 60,000-barrel-per-day capacity and a newer plant with a 150,000-barrel-per-day capacity. The refinery was shut down in March 2019 for the first phase of repairs after the government enlisted Italy’s Maire Tecnimont as a technical adviser and appointed oil major Eni as a technical adviser.

On March 15, 2024, NNPC Limited’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, announced that the Port Harcourt refinery would begin operations in about two weeks. He made this statement during a press briefing following his appearance before the Senate Ad hoc committee investigating the various turnaround maintenance projects of the country’s refineries.

“We achieved mechanical completion in December,” Kyari stated. “We now have crude oil stocked in the refinery and are conducting regulatory compliance tests. The Port Harcourt refinery will start within two weeks.”

However, two months later, the refinery had yet to commence operations.

In an interview, IPMAN’s Ukadike emphasized that the work done on the refinery represented a complete overhaul rather than mere rehabilitation. He assured that every effort was being made to meet the July deadline.

Ukadike said, “When we visited, the MD informed us that the refinery was nearly ready and would start production by the end of July. The overhaul is extensive, with all the armoured cables replaced and everything almost brand new. The maintenance turnaround is massive, with work being done day and night. All hands are on deck to meet the target. By the end of July, the refinery should be operational.”

When asked about the government’s previous unfulfilled promises to restart the refinery, Ukadike acknowledged the delays but noted that no reasons were given for missing the last deadline in April

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CBN Halts 0.5% Cybersecurity Levy



CBN Headquarters Abuja
CBN Headquarters Abuja

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has withdrawn the circular directing banks to implement a 0.5 per cent cybersecurity levy on electronic transactions in the country.

The CBN announced this in a revised circular dated May 17, 2024.

The circular was addressed to commercial banks, Payment Service Providers (PSPs), non-interest, and merchant banks, among others.

It was signed by the CBN Director of Payment Systems Management, Chibuzor Efobi, and the Director of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Haruna Mustafa.

The circular read: “The Central Bank of Nigeria circular dated May 6, 2024 (Ref: PSMD/DIR/PUB/LAB/017/004) on the above subject refers.

“Further to this, please be advised that the above-referenced circular is hereby withdrawn.”The withdrawal of the circular on the cybersecurity levy followed its suspension by President Bola Tinubu.

it would be recalls that Tinubu suspended the controversial cybersecurity levy on electronic transfers on May 14.

Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris, who made this known while speaking to journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, disclosed that Tinubu directed the CBN to suspend the implementation and review the modalities for the implementation of the levy.

Idris added that the levy was thoroughly discussed at the FEC meeting, saying the president was not oblivious to the feelings of Nigerians.

It would be recalled that CBN, in a circular dated May 6, directed banks to start charging a 0.5 per cent cybersecurity levy on all electronic transfers.

The apex bank stated that the deduction and collection of the cybersecurity levy is a sequel to the enactment of the Cybercrime (prohibition, prevention etc) Amendment Act of 2024.

This was greeted with wide condemnations by Nigerians, with many groups and individuals calling for the immediate reversal of the levy.

The House of Representatives also asked the CBN to withdraw the directive.

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