Economic

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 41)

According to data from the World Population Review, Nigeria has the world’s second-highest number of homeless people. 24 million Nigerians do not have homes, accounting for nearly 10% of the total population. The statistics exclude those not living in a proper home with access to some of the most basic services. Several factors contribute to […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 36)

According to the rail transport data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in Q2 2023, the volume of goods/cargos transported for Q2 2023 reached 56,029 tons, compared to 31,197 tons in Q2 2022, showcasing a substantial growth trend. Similarly, goods/cargo revenue collected in Q2 2023 was N188.03 million, up by 105.04% from N91.70 million in Q2 […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 27)

According to OPEC’s monthly report on crude oil movement, the price of crude oil dropped significantly in the global market in June. In particular, the OPEC Reference Basket fell by 0.8 percent (63 cents) from $75.82 per barrel in May to $75.19 per barrel. Similarly, the monthly averages for ICE Brent and NewYork Mercantile Exchange […]

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Women’s Participation in MSME in Nigeria: Prospects, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations

In Nigeria, women’s labour participation has begun to pick up in recent years after many years of stagnation. However, women’s entry point into labour has been mainly through the informal sector or at the bottom pyramid of the formal labour market. Promoting women’s inclusion in the top echelon of the labour market remains a knotty […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 13)

As  of  the  end  of  December  2022,  Nigeria’s  total  debt stock stood at N46.25 trillion, comprising 40.4 percent (N18.7  trillion)  in  external  debt  and  59.56  percent (N27.55  trillion)  in  domestic  debt,  according  to  data from  the  Debt  Management  Office  (DMO)1. This represents  a N6.69  trillion  (16.9  percent)  increase over the  N39.56  trillion  recorded  for  December  […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 12)

As of the end of December 2022, Nigeria’s total debt stock stood at N46.25 trillion, comprising 40.4 percent (N18.7 trillion) in external debt and 59.56 percent (N27.55 trillion) in domestic debt, according to data from the Debt Management Office (DMO)1 . This represents a N6.69 trillion (16.9 percent) increase over the N39.56 trillion recorded for […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 11)

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in its 147th meeting, has raised the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to 18 percent.1 This represents an increase of 50 basis points from the previous MPR of 17.5 percent. The apex bank attributes this sixth consecutive increase in the MPR since April 2022 […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 8)

According to the oil market report by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for January 2023, global oil price slightly increased in the month of January 2023, contrary to the decline recorded in the previous month. The report showed that the OPEC reference basket (ORB) stood at $81.62 per barrel in January 2023, showing a marginal […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 50)

Data from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS) shows that transactions performed electronically through the NIBSS Instant Payment platform (NIP) in Nigeria grew to N38.9 trillion in November 2022, which is 12.7 percent higher than the N34.5 trillion recorded in October 20222. On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the N38.9 trillion value of e-payments increased 50 […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 46)

The National Bureau of Statistics, in its latest National Multidimensional Poverty Index Report, shows that 62.9 percent of Nigerians are multi-dimensionally poor, which translates to 132.93 million Nigerians.3 The Multidimensional Poverty Index provides a multivariate form of poverty assessment based on fifteen indicators that describe deprivations across health, education, living standards, work, nutrition, and shocks. […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 44)

Food prices in Nigeria experienced a further increase in September 2022, according to the Selected Food Prices Watch Report for September 2022, published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).2 The report highlighted the change in prices of some selected food items. For example, the average price of 1kg of Tomato on a year-on-year (YoY) […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 38)

In August 2022, the total net domestic credit was N61.2 trillion, increasing by 33 percent from 46 trillion in August 2021.2 Net domestic credit comprises credit to the government and credit to the private sector. About two-thirds of the credit went to the private sector and the remaining to the government. In August, the total credit […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 37)

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the prices of energy products increased further in August. The average retail price of a litre of petrol increased by 14.89 percent to N189.46 in August 2022 from N164.91 in August 2021.1 The price of a 5kg Cylinder of Cooking gas rose by 101.17 percent to N4,397.68 in August 2022 […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 36)

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Company Income Tax (CIT) revenue increased in Q2 2022.1 CIT revenue was N714.40 billion in Q2 2022, an increase of 29.53 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis from N551.53 billion recorded in Q1 2022. On a year-on-year basis, CIT collections in Q2 2022 increased by 51.34 percent from Q2 2021. […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 35)

Nearly one year after the launch of the eNaira project, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, at the Grand Finale of the eNaira Hackathon, announced the commencement of the second phase of the project1. In October 2021, the CBN introduced the eNaira wallet to enhance financial inclusion. As of August 2022, […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 34)

In the second quarter (Q2) of 2022, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.54 percent (year-on-year) in real terms, which is an improvement compared to the 3.11 percent growth recorded in the previous quarter (2022Q1).2 The aggregate real GDP stood at N17.29 trillion in the second quarter of 2022, a slight decline (-0.37%) compared to N17.35 […]

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