The maximum lending rate in the banking sector hit 29.13 per cent, while savings deposit rates stood at 4.13 per cent as of December 2022.
On Monday, figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria on money market indicators were revealed.
According to the report, the prime lending rate was 13.85 per cent, while the inter-bank call rate was 12 per cent.
The Treasury bill rate was 4.35 per cent, one monthly deposit rate was 8.15 per cent, three months deposit rate was 3.79 per cent, six months deposit rate was 8.68 per cent, while 12 monthly deposit rate was 8.22 per cent.
Monetary Policy Rate stood at 16.5 per cent in the period under review.
The National Institute of Credit Administration, in its report for the growth, development and sustainability of micro, small, medium size enterprise sectors in Nigeria, said the government needs to support SMEs to drive economic growth.
It stated, “The higher the Monetary Policy Rate, the higher the interest rate charged on loans and lines of credit offered to MSMEs in the country. High-interest rate is an albatross to any MSME.”
TVET: Benin Chamber Seeks Policy To Promote Private Sector Participation
The Benin Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BENCCIMA) has called for the formation of a policy that would enhance private sector participation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Edo State.
Mr Austin Atakpu, President, BENCCIMA, made the call at a meeting with representatives of the Edo State Board for Technical and Vocational Education and Training on Tuesday in Benin.
Atakpu said that the Organised Private Sector (OPS) was ready to support TVET when a policy that would allow them to make inputs was put in place.
“TVET is a programme that covers skills acquisition; and in developing skills, you will require apprenticeship and internship.
“TVET can not run without the organised private sector. The OPS will house those programmes, give the necessary training and at the end of the day, ensure that the trainees stay through the programme.
“There must be a policy document to enhance such arrangement, and the OPS must have a buy-in.
“The government and the private sector must be willing to partner together, the OPS will only buy in if they contribute to the policy document,” he said.
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On his part, Dr Terseer Nyulaku, Acting Executive Secretary, Edo Board for Technical and Vocational Education, said the meeting was to mobilise private sector participation and partnership in TVET.
He said, “we have come to mobilise private sector participation and partnership, and this is germane for any technical and vocational training to be useful.
“You need the private sector because they are the employers; they are the key social partner in the process.
“We have come to BENCCIMA to solicit for their partnership, especially as we plan to launch the Edo State Technical Talent Development Policy,” he said.
Oil Drops Further After OPEC Delay With Asian Stocks Mixed
Oil extended losses Thursday after OPEC announced the shock delay of a key policy meeting, suggesting fresh upheaval in the bloc, while equities were mixed after two US reports dented recent euphoria over the future of interest rates.
Both main crude contracts slipped on news that the much-anticipated gathering of the major producers — combining OPEC and 10 allies — would be put back by four days to November 30.
Prices had dived almost five percent at one point Wednesday, before paring the losses.
Reports said the decision was made after Angola and Nigeria pushed back against lower targets that were urged by others, with Saudi Arabia said to have been preparing to extend a one-million-barrel-a-day output cut into the new year.
Riyadh and Russia unveiled massive cuts earlier this year in a bid to boost prices, which have come under pressure owing to stuttering economies in the United States, Europe and particularly China.
Pierre Andurand, of Andurand Capital Management, said global supplies were healthier than expected, meaning the OPEC+ cartel would need to reduce output.
“The Saudis will probably want the other countries to cut as well,” he told Bloomberg TV. “It’s going to be a negotiation.”
Equity markets in Asia fluctuated, even after a fresh pre-Thanksgiving bounce on Wall Street.
Hong Kong bounced back from morning losses to edge higher in the afternoon, with developers in ascendance as it emerged China is preparing to offer the property sector more support, calling for banks to do more for the industry.
That came after Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that authorities had drawn up a draft list of 50 firms that would be eligible for more monetary support.
Among the winners, struggling Country Garden soared more than 23 percent after it was reported the company was on the list. Another troubled developer, Evergrande, was up more than three percent.
Elsewhere, Shanghai, Seoul, Wellington, Mumbai and Jakarta also rose but Sydney, Singapore, Taipei, Manila and Bangkok were in retreat.
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London, Frankfurt and Paris all rose at the open.
The tepid performance came after data showed a pick-up in inflation expectations among US consumers, who now see it at 4.5 percent over the next year, against 4.4 percent previously expected, according to the University of Michigan.
Separately, US jobless claims came in far lower than forecast, showing that the labour market continues to hold up.
The Fed has repeatedly said it would make its rate decisions based on data, particularly inflation and jobs.
The readings gave a little jolt to the good mood on trading floors that has been swirling since below-par consumer price figures last week reinforced optimism the rate-hike cycle had ended and cuts could be on the way next year.
“Markets can be capricious sometimes, and at the present junction, investors are looking for clues confirming the Fed is done with its current tightening cycle, thus evidence to the contrary can be unsettling,” said National Australia Bank’s Rodrigo Catril.
The latest US data “triggered a (disproportionate) market reaction, US jobless claims and inflation expectations data did not support the story US inflation is easing against a weakening US labour market”, he said.
Still, observers said the outlook was bright for equities.
“We do expect the stock market rally to continue,” said Audrey Goh of Standard Chartered Bank.
“If you look at inflation, that clearly has moderated, so that will allow the Fed to stand pat. Our expectation is that policy rates have peaked.”
Key figures around 0810 GMT
Hong Kong – Hang Seng Index: UP 1.0 percent at 17,910.84 (close)
Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.6 percent at 3,061.86 (close)
London – FTSE 100: UP 0.2 percent at 7,480.41
Tokyo – Nikkei 225: Closed for a holiday
West Texas Intermediate: DOWN 0.6 percent at $76.63 per barrel
Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.7 percent at $81.36 per barrel
Euro/pound: UP at 87.20 pence from 87.13 pence
New York – DOW: UP 0.5 percent at 35,273.03 (close)
Reps Okay MTEF, N7.8tn Borrowing Plans For 2024
The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, approved the 2024-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP), with a borrowing plan of N7.8 trillion for 2024.
For 2024, 2025, and 2026, the House set benchmark oil prices of $73.96, $73.76, and $69.90 per barrel, respectively.
Also, the House set benchmark daily crude oil production levels of 1.78 Mbps, 1.80 Mbps, and 1.81 Mbps.
The inflation rates of 21.40 per cent in 2024, 20.30 per cent in 2025, and 18.60 per cent in 2026 were proposed by the lawmakers even as they proposed Gross Domestic Product growth rates of 3.76 per cent, 4.22 per cent and 4.78 per cent, respectively.
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The Federal Government recommended National spending of N26 trillion, with N16.9 trillion in retained revenue, N9 trn budget deficit, N7.8 trn in new borrowings, N1.3 trn for statutory transfers, N8.2 trillion in debt service and N1.27 trillion in pension, gratuity, and retiree benefits.
Nigeria’s inflation rate in October was 27.33 per cent; however, Fitch projected that the rate would moderate to 21 per cent in 2024.
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