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COVID-19: FG Approves $150m Stabilisation Fund

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The Federal Authorities has introduced the approval of $150million stabilisation fund to fulfill shortfalls in month-to-month allocations.

The Minister of Finance, Price range and Nationwide Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, introduced this on Monday, in Abuja throughout a media briefing on the measures to deal with the impression of the Coronavirus pandemic on the financial system.

She defined that owing to the decline within the month-to-month allocations from N716 billion in January to N645 billion in February and N581 billion in March, the Federal Authorities has authorised a stabilisation fund of $150 million to fulfill the quick fall in month-to-month allocation.

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She added that the quantity can be withdrawn from the stabilisation fund element of the Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Ahmed throughout the briefing additionally introduced the institution of a N500 billion COVID-19 disaster intervention fund.

A part of the proceeds of the intervention fund will go right into a particular works program, which targets states and native governments and is anticipated to create one thousand jobs in every native authorities areas.

Different measures to be adopted by the Federal Authorities to mitigate the impression of COVID-19 on the financial system, in accordance with Ahmed, embody accessing loans from the World Financial institution, the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF), the African Growth Financial institution (ADB) and the Islamic Growth Financial institution.

She gave a breakdown of anticipated loans from Worldwide Organisations to incorporate $three.four billion from the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF); $2.5 billion from the World Financial institution; and $1billion from the African Growth Financial institution (ADB).

As a part of measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Authorities additionally plans to restructure the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

This in accordance with the Finance Minister is to permit for flexibility of donations into the Federal Authorities’s coffers.

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