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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 43)

Data released by the Budget Office of the Federation shows that debt service payments on external and domestic debts in the first quarter of 2023 stood at ₦1,317.08 billion, indicating an increase of ₦39.61 billion (3.10 percent) above the ₦1,227.47 billion projected for the quarter. In the period under review, the sum of ₦874.13 billion […]

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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 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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Nigeria’s industries without smokestacks are delivering better economic opportunities than traditional sectors

Persistently high levels of unemployment have emerged to become a key policy challenge in Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2018, the unemployment rate rose from 5 percent to 23 percent. Worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy is simply not generating enough jobs for labor entrants, particularly women and youth. In 2020, the national unemployment rate […]

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Employment Creation Potential of Industries Without Smokestacks: a Nigeria case study

Young people under the age of 30 account for nearly 70 percent of the population of Africa, making it the world’s youngest continent (United Nations 2021). While this trend provides exciting opportunities for enhancing creativity and innovation, it comes with a high burden, as the formal education system and apprenticeship programs cannot adequately prepare a […]

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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 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 5)

There was a general increase in transport fares across different modes of transportation in the country in December 2022. The report on transport fares released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in January 2023 revealed that the average fare paid by passengers for bus journey within the city per drop increased from N637.10 in […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 49)

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced a new policy on cash withdrawals on 6th December 2022.2 According to the policy, the maximum weekly withdrawal over the counter is set at N100,000 for individuals and N500,000 for organizations. Any withdrawal above these limits shall attract processing charges of 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively. In addition, withdrawals […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 47)

The latest monthly oil market report (MOMR) of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) indicates that Nigeria’s crude oil production increased from 938 thousand barrels per day (tb/d) in September to 1,014 tb/d in October 2022.1 The increase is coming a few weeks after the federal government launched full-blown combat against oil theft in […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 40)

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), alongside OPEC+, cut crude oil output by two million barrels per day (mb/d) to achieve market stability2. As a result, Nigeria’s oil output quota for November 2022 was reduced by 4.6 percent from 1.826 mb/d in August 2022 to 1.742 mb/d. This measure comes following the downward movement […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 39)

Following its 287th meeting on the 26th and 27th of September 2022, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) raised the monetary policy rate (MPR) by 150 basis points from 14 percent to 15.5 percent.1 Making it the third successive increase on the MPR in 2022 to rein in inflation. […]

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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 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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