External Reserves up by $1.263bn to close at $31.551bn from $30.288bn previous

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The buildup of Nigeria’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves has continued, given to the figures released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have shown the growth of $1.263 billion in this quarter to close at $31.551 billion as of August 16, compared with the $30.288 billion on June 30.
The growth in reserves was also influenced by the drop in militancy in the Niger Delta and rising oil exports, which have led to an improvement in the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
This led to significant Improved from crude earnings and  a steady improvement in the country’s current account balance.
Oil prices rose sharply on Friday, as the benchmark Brent crude rose by $1.69 to $52.72, while U.S. crude was virtually flat on the week.
“In an increasing shale production world, oil is expected to trade within a range of $40-60 per barrel between 2017-2022. But as we all know there is no way of accurately forecasting oil price futures.
“In this scenario, Nigeria will need to be more aggressive in its revenue optimisation programme, including blocking of leakages. The whistle blowing policy aimed at retrieving stolen funds and improving transparency is a step in the right direction to achieving revenue growth,” the FDC, in a report, added.
Nigeria’s oil production has risen from 1.2mbd to about 2mbd since the cessation of militant attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta.
This has seen the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers, led by Russia, approving the decision of the federal government to cap Nigeria’s oil production at a sustainable volume of 1.8mbd.
Meanwhile the reports from FAAC showed that the allocation has impacted positive in the amount of funds disbursed by the Federal Account Allocation Committee, which climbed to N3 trillion to the three tiers of government in the first six months of the year.

Thus amount shared by the three tiers of government was relatively higher to the N2 trillion allocated to them in the first half of 2016.
For instance, the federal government got N1.216 trillion from the Federation Account in the first half of 2017, higher than the N854 billion it was allocated in the comparable period in 2016, while the states received N798 billion in the first six months of 2017, higher than the N701 billion in the comparable period in 2016.
Local government areas, on the other hand, got N599 billion in first half of 2017, higher than the N429.4 billion they received between January and June last year.

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