By Adedapo Adesanya
As part of efforts to diversify its economy, the Cross River State government said it has boosted interests in cocoa as a viable source of revenue generation.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Cocoa Development and Control, Mr Oscar Ofuka, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mr Ofuka said the state government’s decision followed the impact that the dwindling earnings from crude oil has had on the country.
He said that the state government has made huge investments in cocoa, adding that thousands of jobs have also been created in the process.
“Our governor, Professor Ben Ayade, was quick to realise that cocoa is the gold of Cross River.
“This gold was relegated in the past when crude oil was discovered, but now we plan to ensure that the state takes the lead in cocoa production.
“We have acquired 3,800 hectares of land for that purpose, and our youths have been sensitised and are ready to key into the cocoa initiative,’’ he said.
The Governor’s aide disclosed that Cross River has one of the best species of cocoa that is easy to cultivate.
“The brand of cocoa we cultivate is organic. It takes 18 months to germinate.
“Between 2015 and now, the cocoa sector has employed more than 5,000 youths in the state.
“With the ceding of 776 oil wells to Akwa Ibom State and Bakassi to Cameroon, the cocoa sector is now the major funder of infrastructural development in the state.
“I am urging all Nigerians to go back to agriculture; Nigerians should think cocoa and dream cocoa because it comes with huge economic benefits,’’ he advised.
He said that the government of Cross River has distributed an improved variety of cocoa seedlings to farmers in the state as incentives.
“We have raised 10 million improved varieties of cocoa seedlings for the rehabilitation of encroached areas and regeneration of moribund cocoa trees in government-owned cocoa estates.
“We have also expanded the Small Holder’s Scheme’ with more private sector participation in cocoa farming, which has led to the opening of mass cocoa farmlands across the state,’’ he said.
He added that an ultra-modern cocoa processing factory has been established in the state to further boost revenue from the sector.
Geregu Power to List Shares on Stock Exchange
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited will have a new member in the coming days as an electricity generating firm, Geregu Power Plc, is planning to list its shares on the platform.
According to regulatory documents, the company will list a total of 2.5 billion units of its shares at N100.00 per unit by way of introduction on the bourse, increasing the market capitalisation of the exchange by N250 billion.
The listing of these equities is expected on Wednesday and a ceremony to commemorate it will happen later this month.
“We look forward to hosting you at the exchange on October 25 or 26, 2022, for a closing gong ceremony to commemorate the listing,” a message to Geregu Power by the chief executive of the NGX, Mr Temi Popoola, read in part.
Geregu Power has Mr Femi Otedola as its majority shareholder. He left the stock exchange a few years ago after he sold his holdings in the defunct Forte Oil Plc, a company rebranded to Ardova Plc by the new owner, Mr Abdulwasiu Sowami.
Multiverse Stocks Rise 30.85% in One Week
By Dipo Olowookere
Investors renewed their interests in the shares of Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc last week, pushing the price higher by 30.85 per cent to N3.69.
Another stock that attracted attention in the week was the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc, as investors pushed aside the recent corporate governance issues raised in the media and keyed into the company’s dividend policy.
At the close of the five-day trading week, its price rose by 17.65 per cent to N20.00. Jaiz Bank grew last week by 15.38 per cent, Cadbury Nigeria expanded by 14.77 per cent, while Eterna improved by 9.91 per cent to N6.32.
However, the shares of Neimeth fell by 10.26 per cent to N1.40, Nestle lost 10.00 per cent to N1,215.00, Africa Prudential dropped 9.91 per cent to N5.00, Royal Exchange depreciated by 9.80 per cent to 92 Kobo and Fidson went down by 9.05 per cent to N9.05.
At the close of transactions for the week, 25 equities appreciated, higher than 17 equities in the previous week; 33 equities depreciated, lower than 42 equities in the previous week; while 98 equities remained unchanged, higher than 97 equities recorded in the previous week.
Business Post reports that the All-Share Index (ASI) depreciated by 0.01 per cent to close the week at 49,024.16 points, while the market capitalisation appreciated by 0.03 per cent to close at N26.451 trillion.
Similarly, all other indices finished lower except for NGX Main-Board, NGX 30, oil/gas and industrial goods indices, which appreciated by 0.25 per cent, 0.04 per cent, 0.20 per cent, and 3.01 per cent, apiece as the ASeM, growth and sovereign bond indices closed flat.
During the week, a total of 1.005 billion shares worth N10.406 billion were traded in 17,844 deals as against the 562.856 million shares valued at N9.438 billion transacted in 16,013 deals a week earlier.
A total of 757.289 million financial shares valued at N6.947 billion were traded in 9,483 deals in the week, accounting for 75.38 per cent and 66.76 per cent of the trading volume and value.
A total of 75.118 million units of conglomerate stocks worth N82.955 million exchanged hands in 494 deals, as 50.186 million units of consumer goods shares worth N1.457 billion were transacted in 2,798 deals.
Jaiz Bank, GTCO and Zenith Bank were the most active stocks as they traded 460.216 million units worth N4.963 billion in 4,281 deals, contributing 45.81 per cent and 47.69 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.
Nigeria’s Crude Oil Exports Jump 88.6% to N11.53trn in Six Months
By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigeria earned N11.53 trillion from the export of crude oil in the first half of 2022, according to the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), jumping by 88.6 per cent compared with N6.11 trillion recorded in the first half of 2021.
In its Foreign Trade Statistics for the Second Quarter of 2022, the NBS noted that crude oil export in the first six months of 2022 accounted for 79.47 per cent of total exports in the period under review, while it also accounted for 44.62 per cent of total trades in the same period.
Giving a breakdown of crude oil exports in the first half of 2022, the NBS stated that in the first quarter of the year, crude oil valued at N5.621 trillion was exported by the country, while in the second quarter, N5.908 trillion was exported.
In comparison, in the first quarter of 2021, the NBS said Nigeria earned N2.043 trillion from crude oil exports, while in the second quarter, N4.072 trillion crude oil export sales were recorded. Furthermore, in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, Nigeria recorded crude oil export of N4.026 trillion and N4.269 trillion, respectively.
The country’s statistical authority put Nigeria’s total trade in the first half of 2022 at N25.843 trillion, comprising N13.001 trillion and N12.841 trillion in the first and second quarter of the year, respectively; while total export trade for the first half of 2022 stood at N14.507 trillion, with N7.1 trillion and N7.407 trillion export recorded in the first and second quarter respectively.
Specifically, the NBS reported that in the second quarter of 2022, crude oil ranked as the most exported commodity in the country, with 79.77 per cent of the country’s total export.
Furthermore, the statistics agency stated that the most of Nigeria’s crude oil export in the second quarter of 2022 was to European countries, with the continent purchasing Nigeria’s crude oil valued at N2.737 trillion; followed by Asia, with N1.916 trillion; while countries in America purchased N861.937 billion.
Africa accounted for N355.853 billion of Nigeria’s crude oil export, while N36.459 billion worth of Nigeria’s crude oil was exported to Oceania.
India emerged as the highest buyer of Nigeria’s crude oil, with N1.009 trillion worth of the commodity shipped to the country in the second quarter; followed by the Netherlands, with the purchase of N886.314 billion worth of Nigeria’s crude oil; while N854.859 billion crude oil was exported to Spain.
Other major crude oil export destinations were Indonesia, N614.954 billion; United States, N488.356 billion; Italy, N253.817 billion; Sweden, N232.152 billion; Canada, N226.704 billion; France, N192.273 billion and Ivory Coast, N191.425 billion.
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