Data from the NBS on mining and quarrying in Nigeria show an increase in the quantity of solid minerals produced in 2017. Precisely, Nigeria produced 45.75 million tons of solid minerals in 20171 – up by 5.2 percent Year-on-Year. Disaggregated by states, Ogun state produced the largest tons of about 51 percent of total solid minerals, followed by Kogi and Abuja with 11 and 10 percent respectively. By type, granite and limestone were the most produced solid minerals, representing 38 percent and 31 percent of total tons respectively. The increase in production of solid mineral may have been triggered by improved demand for raw materials needed to produce end-products like cement – given the commissioning of the Okpella factory in 20172
Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates
Recently released survey report by the CBN shows an improvement in the availability of secured and unsecured banks credit and loans to households, corporate and small businesses in 2017Q3, and an optimistic outlook in 2017Q4. Among other indices, availability of overall secured and unsecured lending to households improved from -6.2 and -19.2 to -0.9 and -15.0 index points respectively; although still in the negative territory. Index for availability of credit to small businesses improved from -20.1 to -6.7. Lenders and respondents noted that anticipation of a brighter economic outlook, favorable liquidity positions, market share objectives and higher appetite for risk were major factors behind the increase.