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$311 million Abacha loot handed over to Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority – FG

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The FG has said that $311 million of localized Abacha plunder has been given over to the NSIA for interest in road projects

The Federal Government has reported that the amount of $311 million localized to Nigeria following the three sided concurrence with the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey prior in 2020, has been given over to the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority for interest in road projects.

This was uncovered by the Federal Government after the investigation of the progressing recreation of the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano double carriageway by the Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Ahmed expressed at the examination that the issue of framework subsidizing had been tended to in light of the fact that the Finance Ministry had given $650 million to Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, whose duty is to produce extra assets to guarantee that Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano double carriageway and other assigned activities are completely supported.

The FG later expressed that an extra $311 million was shipped off the NSIA for street speculations.

“An extra 311 million US dollars localized to Nigeria following the consenting to of a three sided arrangement with the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey prior in 2020, has been given over to NSIA for interest in these assigned streets,” the Federal Government expressed.

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it was announced in May that Nigeria had recuperated over $311 million of the supposed taken assets by the nation’s previous military ruler, General Sani Abacha, from the United States and Jersey. This was uncovered by the Attorney General’s office.

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Ripple pins hopes on Biden administration as co-founder sells 28.6M XRP

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After ending 2020 facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Donald Trump’s administration, Ripple’s leadership is looking to the new year and a new U.S. President to bring a change in regulations more favorable to the firm.

According to a post on the Ripple website featuring comments from key executives, the firm is predicting the incoming Biden administration will most likely “bring a renewed focus on regulation and enforcement” in the crypto space.

“As we’ve seen, a lack of a clear regulatory framework over the last four years in the U.S. especially has left fintech and blockchain players in a state of limbo,” the post said. “Other countries like the UK, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan are miles ahead.”

Both Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen have been vocal about their criticism of the SEC’s policy of “regulation through enforcement” prior to the lawsuit.

Stu Alderoty, general counsel for the firm, was quoted in the piece as saying he believes the Biden administration would make crypto regulation a top priority over the next four years because it “understands its implications for public and private sector innovation.”

“Intelligent, well thought-out regulations communicated effectively and uniformly applied can help level the playing field and unleash innovation and further mainstream adoption here in the U.S.”

Garlinghouse echoed this sentiment yesterday, praising Biden’s nominee for SEC chair, Gary Gensler, as an individual more likely to be friendly to Ripple, and the crypto and blockchain industry as a whole:

Congrats to Gary Gensler! We’re ready to work with SEC leadership and the broader Biden administration to chart a path forward for blockchain and crypto innovation in the US. https://t.co/EEloq4lwrG— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) January 18, 2021

The news comes as Jed McCaleb resumed his extraordinary sell off of portions of the 9.5 billion XRP he received as a co-founder of Ripple before leaving the firm in 2014. Crypto analyst Leonidas Hadjiloizou reported that yesterday McCaleb sold 28.6 million XRP — roughly $8.5 million at the time of publication — following 25 days of no apparent activity after news broke of the Ripple SEC lawsuit.

McCaleb still has billions of XRP tokens available in his wallets. In December, Whale Alert reported that the Ripple co-founder liquidated 1.2 billion XRP in 2020 for more than $400 million, bringing the total number of his remaining XRP tokens to roughly 3.25 billion at the time of publication, or $970 million.

Ripple is currently facing a lawsuit from the SEC filed in December alleging the firm has been selling XRP tokens in violation of U.S. securities laws. The case is scheduled for a virtual pretrial conference on Feb. 22.

At the time of publication, the price of XRP is $0.30, having risen 2.9% in the last 24 hours.

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A Joe Biden´s presidency and its impact on Nigeria’s oil

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Two or three months prior, I composed on the effect of the Joe Biden Presidency on the oil markets. Since he is President of the United States with his initiation on the twentieth of January, each nation would return to their political and unfamiliar planning phases to examine the effect of his swearing-in on their particular economies or governments.

While a few nations would confront pressure from Biden in regard to their common freedoms issues, environmental change strategies and other conciliatory issues, nations like Nigeria will break down the effect of Biden’s arrangements on the destiny of Oil.

Four stances are urgent here;

Will shale oil, which has been the gooney bird on the neck of oil costs for quite a long time, debilitate in regard to Joe Biden and strikingly Kamala Harris’ perspectives on deep oil drilling?

Will Joe Biden’s delicate international strategy on Iran empower Iranian oil to re-visitation of the market?

Will Joe Biden copy Trump in interfering with OPEC+ undertakings?

The responses to these three inquiries would give an attitude toward the destiny of Nigeria’s dark gold.

Shale oil

Throughout the long term, the interest in the Shale business in America has seen the United States increment oil creation altogether. In arrangement market elements, expanded creation of oil negatively affects oil costs. This is the reason we have not seen $100 oil in numerous years now.

An increment in US oil has essentially diminished OPEC+ piece of the pie and predominance in the oil markets. Verifiably OPEC could impact costs with their strategies, however these days, US oil shows up as a hindrance in the oil markets.

The strength of shale is empowered by a couple of elements. First and foremost, Fracking. Deep earth drilling is the way toward penetrating down into the earth before a high-pressure water combination is aimed at the stone to deliver the gas inside. It is exceptionally dubious as it takes steps to cause contamination and is adverse to environmental change.

Presently, environmental change is at the front line of Joe Biden’s energy strategy. Coincidentally, it will hamper the creation of petroleum products over the long haul.

Moreover, Wall Street would be careful about putting resources into the oil and gas area as the future looks more into sustainable power.

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Iranian issue

Joe Biden’s relations with Iran would vary from Trump’s relationship with Tehran. While Donald Trump gave extreme approvals during his residency, Biden would look to spoil Iran simply like Obama did and this will mean Iranian oil can return to the market. Albeit private insight shows Iranian oil is as yet traded in the business sectors, this strategic connection would in any case be critical particularly with Iran representing about 9.5% of the world’s all out oil holds.

Intruding with OPEC+

During Trump’s residency, OPEC+ was shaken a few times. Trump has never shrouded his question in OPEC. He has recently marked them a cartel before. At the point when oil costs go high and influence the expense of fuel on American buyers, Trump gets down on OPEC to discover approaches to decrease the costs.

Notwithstanding, when costs are so low and energy organizations in America can’t make back the initial investment, Trump, as he did in April 2020, meddles and gets down on OPEC to intercede. Curiously, as indicated by trumptwitterarchive.com, Donald Trump tweeted multiple times about “oil”; 70 about “OPEC”; 351 about “gas” (fuel and gaseous petrol); 68 about “Saudi Arabia”. It would be uncommon for Joe Biden to do something very similar as his style of administration will be apparently unique in relation to Trump’s.

Moreover, America as probably the biggest shopper of oil should improve its interest additional time before supply exceeds request because of the pandemic. How Joe Biden handles the pandemic would be critical in American interest. Would he suffer lockdowns or not? That is vital in the discussion on his effect on gas costs and request.

Nigeria’s dark gold – Oil, would be subject to the future standpoint of the oil market and Biden’s strategies. It is intriguing to check whether Biden would permit OPEC to hold onto piece of the pie from American oil. The initial not many years would be vital.

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Ex Gov Jonah jang gives reasons for Nigeria’s problems

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Nigeria’s issues initiated by 1999 Constitution — Jonah Jang.

The shameful acts being knowledgeable about the nation have been credited to the disproportionate idea of the nation’s 1999 constitution and an approach pertinent foundations to disband the report as no measure of change can guarantee reasonableness and value to all.

Previous Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang communicated this view and ascribed the bunches of the nation’s burdens to the useless constitution.

This is even as a gathering, North Central Muslim Peace Initiative has encouraged government at all levels to focus on the Bishop Matthew Kukah’s message which created a great deal of responses since “when there are good governance people will be happy and criticisms will reduce to the barest minimum.”

Talking in Jos on the condition of the country, Senator Jang denounced the financial issues tormenting the 1999 constitution as revised would yield the ideal outcomes.”

His words:

“The Military cannot create Constitution for a civil and democratic society. The 1999 Constitution (As Amended), is problematic because it gives some people an undue advantage over the others. Such Constitution, as we have now cannot stand and no matter the Amendments, it will not work because our experience has shown that those saddled with the responsibility would only pick some portions that do not suit them to amend while those that suit them are left untouched even when the issues are detrimental to the survival and wellbeing of other Nigerians.

“For instance, in Plateau state, the population in Jos South LGA alone is three or four times the size of Wase LGA. Yet, Jos South is joined with another LGA to form a federal constituency while Wase alone stands as a federal constituency. You will find such abnormality and injustice against the people all over the country with the backing of the constitution. It should not be like that. The Governor as the chief security officer in his state can not give certain orders to the Commissioner of Police in his state without the officer first, getting clearance outside his domain in Abuja which is also abnormal.

“As a result, what we have presently is an unfortunate situation where state governors who are supposed to protect the people and drive the developmental aspirations of their people in their respective states without necessarily seeking clearance from Abuja have now become captives due to the flaws in the constitution The Government must allow people to deliberate, debate and discuss the issues and questions that have arisen out of the Constitution.”

The previous Governor demanded that rebuilding the nation and the enthronement of another constitution concurred by Nigerians is the best way to push the nation ahead and approached the Federal Government to make an uncommon counter-insurrection unit in the military to handle the security issues.

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