Thursday, April 13, 2006

Gold Stoops Down Once More

Gold, as we all know, is not a free standing agent. Today as the price dipped down when oil took another tumble, due to increasing speculation on shortages in Iran and Nigeria, the precious metal did not take long to follow suit.

The instability that a country such as Nigeria has faced in the meantime, would take a long time to level as the government faces International speculation as to where N30bn Oil Proceeds have gotten to?

Additionally, an audit report out of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has uncovered sums from "N7.04 billion ($55million) to a whopping N30.720 billion ($240 million) as discrepancies in payment schedules of oil companies operating in the country to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)." With these kinds of blemishes existing on the country's report card, the country ranks 152nd from 1st place on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, sharing a spot with Cote D'Invoire and Equatorial Guinea. Much in this regard, investors could be wise to show concern.
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