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How Islamic Economic Development Model Can Rescue Nigeria Economy – Dr. Hussein Saddam

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An Islamic Cleric, Dr. Folorunsho Ahmad Hussein Saddam Hanaaullah Fagba has called on the Nigeria authorities to embrace the Islamic model of economic development so as to bring the country out of its state of economic doldrums. push({}); push({});

The University of Ilorin Lecturer, Dr. Ahmad Hussein Saddam while delivering a lecture at the Ashraaf Islamic Foundation 2nd Maolid Nabiyy themed: Islamic Perspectives on Economic Development: Options for Nigeria, said Islam has a vibrant economic framework that can bring any country out of economic lethargy.

He said that, “Zakat is one of the institutions, a very powerful institution that can raise the Muslim world from poverty, even the world from the poverty.

“Zakat is one of the institution that we need to institutionalize. We have not institutionalized it and we are wasting a lot of wealth. Institutionalizing it is by individualizing the payment of zakat.

“In Malaysia, Google, the zakat house in Malaysia you would see it. I don’t think we have a building that is as high as the zakat house in Malaysia. What are they doing there? They pooled all zakat of the Muslim people in Malaysia in that arena and utilize it for the good of the people.

“I assert within myself that if every Muslim within Nigeria who is qualified to pay zakat pay it and we pool it together, it would be more than the 2020 Nigeria budget.

He further said that individual economic activities is a formidable catalyst that can catapult the nation to economic sustenance.

In his narration, he said that, “When prophet Muhammad was growing up, he was a working youth. His zeal to work and develop himself economically led him to working for Khadija, the great merchant.”

“Why did Allah directed our noble prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to go and work? Allah has the power to let him remain seated and everything he want would come around him from now till his death. But it is to serve as an example, the mission Allah has led him to promulgate to be an exemplary leader of that mission. Allah wants him to serve as an example that is why he directed him to work.”

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“Anabi Muhammad Rasululah was developed economically. He enhanced Khadija’s business to a great extent. What is important is that every individual must first be developed economically. It is our respective economic development that would be summed up and brought together to develop the nation’s economic. That is the way I see it.”

“Alhaji Aliko Dangote, everybody knows what his business is doing to the economics of this country. Femi Otedola; everybody knows the role his business is playing in the economic development of this nation, likewise every other person that does his/her own business.”

“So without everybody’s economic development the nation cannot be developed because you and I are the nation. Islamic permits individual economic development, that’s why you have to work, you just have to work, because Islam recognize, acknowledge and encourages individual economic development.”

The cleric sighted the past prophets of God as an example in other to support his submission that everybody must eat from his/her handwork.

“Allah said every person; he didn’t say every Muslim – He said every person is to eat from the work of his/her hand. Prophet Dawud as a prophet of God was a blacksmith.”

“Anabi said let each and every one of you carry his hoe, go into the bush, cut trees, pack it, carry it on your back, go and sell it outside and eat out of it. It is better for you than to be asking people, please give me fisabililaha.”

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He further continued, “In what I coined as ‘The objective of Islam in human life and Human development’. Individual economic development would develop the nation economy, because it is when you are stabilized economically that you would be able to contribute your quota to the economic development of your nation. Someone who is struggling to eat do not have optimum sense of reasoning, when you are hungry, you do not think of any other thing.”

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Participants at the Ashraaf Islamic Foundation, 2nd Maolid Nabbiy, 2020 Lecture.

“How do we develop our country? It is obvious that Islam has good and vibrant facility for economic development.

“It was during Sayidinina Umar (A.S) that the concept of Baitul-mal was giving birth. What is Baitul-mal? It is a public dormitory where zakat and Sadaqat are pooled for the development of the state economy.”

“The role the establishment of baitul-mal plays in life of the Muslim people cannot be over-emphasized.

“Zakat is one of the institution, a very powerful institution that can raise the Muslim world from poverty, even the world from the poverty.

“Zakat is one of the institution that we need to institutionalize. We have not institutionalized and we are wasting a lot of wealth. Institutionalizing it is by individualizing the payment of zakat.

“In Malaysia, “Google, the zakat house in Malaysia you would see it. I don’t think we have a building that is as high as the zakat house in Malaysia. What are they doing there? They pooled all zakat of the Muslim people in Malaysia in that arena and now utilize it for the good of the people.

“I assert within myself that if every Muslim within Nigeria who is qualified to pay zakat pay it and we pool it together, it would be more than the 2020 Nigeria budget.

The Lawyer further called on everybody to be in harmony with one another.

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“There is one thing I used to say when am given a chance to talk like this. It is high time we do away with our religious dichotomy. We are cheating ourselves, we are wasting our precious resources and we are destroying our future.

“When a Muslim sees a Christian and develop natural hatred towards him and a Christian would say ‘He’s a Muslim, he doesn’t have anything to do with him.

“We have problem because Allah that brought us together has a reason for not making us Umatan Waida (of a single religion or tribe). Allah says he has the power to make you Ummatun Waida (of a single religion or tribe), but I am not doing that.

“Who are we now to questions Allah’s authority for making us different and living together. Why can’t we study Allah and the rationale behind what he has done in our life?

“Let us forget about the prayers I am observing, it doesn’t concerns anybody. It is between me and my God, like, it’s between me and my God, like zakat, it’s between me and my God, the hajj I go to, it is between me and my God – leave a Christian to his church and his worship, but remember it is the same blood that runs in Adam that runs in everybody today.”, he continued.

Maolid Nabbiy is an annual Muslim celebration to mark the birth of the Noble Prophet Muhammad Rasulu Lah (PBUH).

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IMF Predicts Drop In Global Economic Growth In 2023-24

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicts that global economic growth is projected to fall from 3.5 per cent in 2022 to 3.0 per cent in both 2023 and 2024.

This is according to the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update Report for July 2023: “Near-Term Resilience, Persistent Challenges” released on Tuesday. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The report said though the forecast for 2023 was modestly higher than predicted in the April 2023 WEO, it remained weak by historical standards.

“Compared with projections in the April 2023 WEO, growth has been upgraded by 0.2 percentage points for 2023, with no change for 2024.

“The forecast for 2023–24 remains well below the historical (2000–19) annual average of 3.8 per cent.

“It is also below the historical average across broad income groups, in overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as per capita GDP terms. ”

The report also said that advanced economies continued to drive the decline in growth from 2022 to 2023, with weaker manufacturing, as well as idiosyncratic factors, offsetting stronger services activity.

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“For advanced economies, the growth slowdown projected for 2023 remained significant, from 2.7 per cent in 2022 to 1.5 per cent in 2023.

“About 93 per cent of advanced economies are projected to have lower growth in 2023, and growth in 2024 among this group of economies is projected to remain at 1.4 per cent.”

While the report said in emerging markets and developing economies, the growth outlook was broadly stable for 2023 and 2024, although with notable shifts across regions.

“For emerging market and developing economies, growth is projected to be broadly stable at 4.0 per cent in 2023 and 4.1 per cent in 2024, with modest revisions of 0.1 percentage point for 2023 and –0.1 percentage point for 2024.”

The report showed growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to decline to 3.5 per cent in 2023 before picking up to 4.1 per cent in 2024.

It revealed that economic growth in Nigeria in 2023 and 2024 is projected to gradually decline, in line with April WEO projections, reflecting security issues in the oil sector.

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The report showed that economic growth in Nigeria is projected at 3.2 per cent in 2023 and decline to 3.0 in 2024.

The report said Global headline inflation was expected to fall from 8.7 per cent in 2022 to 6.8 per cent in 2023 and 5.2 per cent in 2024.

“Underlying (core) inflation is projected to decline more gradually, and forecasts for inflation in 2024 have been revised upward. ”

It said inflation could remain high and even rise if further shocks occur, including those from an intensification of the war in Ukraine and extreme weather-related events, triggering more restrictive monetary policy.

The report said financial sector turbulence could resume as markets adjust to further policy tightening by central banks.

“China’s recovery could slow, in part as a result of unresolved real estate problems, with negative cross-border spillovers.

“Sovereign debt distress could spread to a wider group of economies.”

It, however, said on the upside, inflation could fall faster than expected, reducing the need for tight monetary policy, and domestic demand could again prove more resilient.

The report said in most economies, the policy priorities remained to achieve sustained disinflation while ensuring financial stability.

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“Therefore, central banks should remain focused on restoring price stability and strengthening financial supervision and risk monitoring.

“Should market strains materialise, countries should provide liquidity promptly while mitigating the possibility of moral hazard.

“They should also build fiscal buffers, with the composition of fiscal
adjustment ensuring targeted support for the most vulnerable.

The report said improvements to the supply side of the economy would facilitate fiscal consolidation and a smoother decline of inflation toward target levels.

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Debt Servicing: Gombe State Govt Spent N33bn in 4 Years – Transition Report

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  • N6 billion for settlement of four years backlog of gratuities owed retirees from 2014 to 2017

The Gombe State Government has paid about N33billion from the N100bn debt inherited from the administration of former governor Ibrahim Dankwambo. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The Chairman of the Gombe State Transition Management Committee, Dr Ibrahim Daudu, made this known while submitting the 2023 transition report to Gov. Inuwa Yahaya on Monday.

Daudu said that Gov. Yahaya also paid N6 billion to settle four years backlog of gratuities owed retirees from 2014 to 2017.

According to him, the payment to retirees is the largest payment of gratuity made by any government in Gombe State.

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“During the course of our work, we were able to determine that out of over N100 billion in debt inherited from the previous administration, your administration has paid approximately N33 billion,” he said.

The chairman also stated that the state government within the period was able to attract N26 billion as a result of its prudent public financial management through the implementation of the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability programme.

He said that in view of the state’s prudent resource management, Gombe State ranked fourth most successful state in public financial management in the country.

While commending Yahaya for effectively managing the finances of the state in spite of the huge economic challenges caused by COVID-19 and economic recession, the Daudu-led committee urged the government to boost the state’s internally generated revenue going forward.

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The 11-member committee which was inaugurated on  May 26 further advised the state government to within the next four years, reform the civil service while prioritising job creation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the major responsibilities assigned to the committee was to develop a blueprint for consolidating on the achievements made during Yahaya’s first administration.

Also, to incorporate lessons learned, identify priorities, policies, and programmes for the new administration.

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Euromoney Awards: GTBank Ranked Best Bank in Nigeria

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Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd. has been ranked the”Best Bank in Nigeria” at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2023.

The bank said in a statement on Monday that the latest recognition underscored the bank as the leading financial institution in Nigeria. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Announcing the award, Euromoney said: “Nigeria’s best bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, has continued to do a good job of convincing investors that it is better placed than its key competitors to deal with the risks ahead and perhaps to take advantage of opportunities in economic and policy transition.

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“Despite a difficult operating environment, the bank continues to deliver exceptional results as the flagship franchise of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc.

“It recorded a profit before tax of N214.2 billion, pre-tax return on Equity (ROAE) of 23.6 per cent, and Cost to Income Ratio (CIR) of 48.0 per cent for the period ended, Dec. 31, 2022.”

Euromoney is an authority for global banking and financial markets and the annual awards for excellence, celebrates financial institutions that demonstrate leadership, innovation, and resilience in the markets they operate.

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Commenting on the award, Mrs Miriam Olusanya, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Ltd., said, “we are honoured to be named the Best Bank in Nigeria by Euromoney.

“This recognition reflects our unwavering commitment to the values of excellence and innovation which form the bedrock of our value proposition as an institution and has guided the mother-brand to achieve remarkable success for over 30 years.

“As part of a thriving financial holding company, we will continue to prioritise service delivery and innovation whilst maintaining our strong financial performance,” she said.

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