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Debt owed by 350 Nigerians enough to fund 50% of county’s 2018 budget

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), has said that the debt owed by 350 Nigerians is sufficient to fund 50% of the the country’s 2018 budget

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The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), has said that the debt owed by 350 Nigerians is sufficient to fund 50% of the the country’s 2018 budget.

Speaking Wednesday in the country’s capital, Abuja, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AMCON, Ahmed Kuru, said the 350 Nigerians or their businesses, owe N4.3 trillion of the entire N5.4 trillion debt profile, representing 80 percent of the N5.4 trillion debt portfolio of the company.

Kuru said many of the debtors were yet to pay as AMCON had only recovered about N700 billion.

“Our responsibility is first to intervene, then provide support before we recover, we have done the two, nobody has complained, now that we are doing the third people are complaining.

“The people complaining are those people that do not want to meet their obligations. Some of the obligors owe as much as N200 billion.

“We have 350 Nigerians that have obligations or control more than 80 per cent of all AMCONs debt portfolio.

“So, if you are talking about N5.4 trillion, only 350 Nigerians are supposed to pay more than 80 per cent of that amount, and they are normal people you see on the street,” he said.

Kuru noted that the judicial system was a major challenge to the operations of the company.

“I can tell you that today, our major challenge has to do with the judicial process.

“In other climes, what they do is that they allow AMCON to own the assets ab-initio, which means I have paid for the loans from the commercial banks, I have taken over the loan and I will take it over with the assets so I can sell the assets from day one.

“But here, somebody can decide to take you to court and he has to be heard. He can lock you up with judicial processes and technicalities for 10 years, 15 years or even 20 years,” he said.

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World Bank predicts Mozambique economy growing at 5.7% on average

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The World Bank has predicted that the economic growth in Mozambique is expected to accelerate in the medium term averaging 5.7% between 2022 and 2024, as a result of demand recovery and economy benefits from the start of liquefied natural gas production this year.

In a report released Thursday, the World Bank said the start of LNG production at the offshore Coral Project and the expected resumption of other LNG projects would help spur the southeast African nation’s growth in the intervening year.

The World Bank said a three-year extended credit facility arrangement agreed by Mozambique with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and budget support from other partners would further help to strengthen its economic recovery.

The IMF’s executive board had, in May, approved a $456 million program for the country, the first since the global lender suspended support to Mozambique six years ago.

However, the World Bank warned that risks remained for Mozambique’s growth, especially from rising import prices due to the conflict in Ukraine, a possible surge in COVID infection waves, and insurgency in the north.

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Nigeria, Algeria, Niger to revive Saharan gas pipeline talks

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The governments of Nigeria, Algeria and Niger Republic have held talks to revive a gas pipeline project across the Sahara which had been put on hold for over 40 years, with the potential opportunity for Europe to diversify its gas sources as the world faces a short fall as a result of the Russian-Ukraine war.

The three countries, represented by their various Petroleum Ministers, met in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday and resolved to set up a task force to revive the project and designated an entity to update the feasibility study.

A statement by Niger’s Oil Ministry after the two-day meeting stated that the Trans-Saharan gas pipeline project estimated at $13 billion, could send up to 30 billion cubic metres a year of supplies to Europe.

The statement added that the energy ministers of the three countries will meet again in Algiers at the end of July to “validate the proposals of the newly installed task force.”

“The pipeline should allow Europe to diversify its sources of natural gas supply but also allow several African states to access this high value energy source,” the statement said.

“With a length of 4,128 kilometres (2,565 miles), the pipeline would start in Warri, Nigeria, and end in Hassi R’Mel, Algeria, where it would connect to existing pipelines that run to Europe,” it said.

The gas pipeline idea was first proposed more than 40 years ago with an agreement signed between the three countries in 2009, but progress stalled stalled following a lack of follow through by the countries.

Earlier this month, Nigeria also took steps to revive another gas pipeline project that would pass through West Africa, Morocco to Europe.

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