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Global Trade: Osinbajo Inaugurates Competitiveness Council



Global Trade: Osinbajo Inaugurates Competitiveness Council

Global Trade: Osinbajo Inaugurates Competitiveness Council

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

In a bid to make Nigeria competitive in the global business and commerce, the Acting President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, inaugurated the National Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.

The council was installed in Abuja and the Acting President is its Chairman.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Osinbajo said the council became necessary because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to position Nigeria as one of the top countries in the business world.

He tasked the council to ensure the aims and objectives were achieved, pointing out the success of Nigeria hinges on the team.

“If the council cannot get it right, then it is unlikely that the country can never get it right,” the Acting President said at the inauguration ceremony yesterday.

He said further that, “This is not just a patriotic duty, but a rescue mission. It is to give Nigeria a chance to be competitive in global business and commerce.”

Mr Osinbajo added that, “This is also to give our people a fair chance to create livelihood for themselves.”

He charged members of the council, drawn from the private sector in Nigeria, to bring their success formula into play so as to achieve the main goal of the council.

The Acting President expressed confidence that the council will succeed to make the country highly competitive in the global market.

He assured that the Federal Government would continue to make the environment friendlier to businesses in the country, pointing that recent government policies have been geared towards this.

Members of the council include the Acting President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, who is the Chairman; Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, as the Vice-Chairman, Public Sector; and Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Aisha Abubakar as Alternate Vice-Chairman, Public Sector.

Other members of the Public Sector team of the council are Minister for Budget & National Planning, Mr Udoma Udo Udoma; Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh; Minister for Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola; Minister for Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu; Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Mr Kayode Fayemi; Minister for Science & Technology, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu; and Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele.

The technical committee members are Economic Adviser to the President, Mr Yemi Dipeolu; Trade Adviser/Chief Negotiator, Mr Chiedu Osakwe; Bank of Industry MD, Mr Kayode Pitan; Executive Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo; Executive Secretary of Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Ms Yewande Sadiku; Statistician-General of National Bureau of Statistics, Mr Yemi Kale; and the CEO of Economic Associates, Dr Ayo Teriba.

President of Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote is the Vice-Chairman, Private Sector, while Chairman of ANAP Business Jets Ltd, Mr Atedo Peterside is the Alternate Vice-Chairman, Private Sector.

Other Private Sector members are Chairman of Nigerian Breweries and PZ Cussons, Chief Kola Jamodu; Chairman of BUA Group, Mr Abdulsamad Rabiu; Chairman of IVM Innoson Group of Companies Limited, Mr Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma; GMD of Chi Foods Nigeria, Mr Rahul Savara; Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Mr John Coumantarous; CEO of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Mrs Stella Okoli; and Country Head of Olam, Mr Mukul Mathur.

Also on the council membership are President/CEO of Beloxxi Industries Limited, Mr Obi Ezeude; MD/CEO of Fidson Healthcare Plc, Mr Fidelis Ayebea; Founder of Flutterwave, Mr Iyinoluwa Aboyeji; President & CEO of GE Business Operations Nigeria, Mr Lazarus Angbazo; CEO of Jumia, Mrs Juliet Anamah; CEO of SecureID Nigeria Ltd, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe; Chairman/CEO of AMMASCO International Limited, Mr Ado Mustapha; and Chairman of KAM Industries, Mr Kamaldeen Yusuf.

Others are Chairman of United Textiles Plc, Mr Adamu Atta; Chairman of Rumbu Sacks Nigeria Limited, Mr Ibrahim Salisu Buhari; Chairman of Tofa Group, Mr Isiaku Tofa; MD/CEO Proforce Limited, Mr Ade Ogundeyin; and President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr Frank Udemba Jacobs.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.


Unlisted Securities Market Gets 0.34% Boost Thursday



Unlisted Securities Market

By Adedapo Adesanya

Amid an increase in trading value and volume, the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange ended in the positive territory on Thursday, January 26, as it shot up by 0.34 per cent.

This was buoyed by the increase in the share price of Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc by 50 Kobo to N13.00 per unit from N12.50 per unit, and the surge in the price of FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc by 30 Kobo to N62.48 per unit from the preceding session’s N62.18 per unit.

This jerked the total value of the unlisted securities market by N3.09 billion to close at N923.76 billion versus N920.67 billion of the previous day, as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) increased by 2.36 points to settle at 703.01 points, in contrast to the midweek’s 700.66 points.

During the session, market participants executed eight deals at the bourse, 68 per cent lower than the 25 deals executed a day earlier.

However, the value of transactions increased during the session by 41.3 per cent to N4.9 million from N3.5 million, and the volume of trades jumped by 52.4 per cent to 189,670 units from the 121,494 units published on Wednesday.

At the close of business, Geo-Fluids Plc remained the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis, with the sale of 61.1 million units worth N49.2 million. UBN Property Plc stood in second place with 29.7 million units valued at N21.1 million, while NASD Plc was in third place with 944,112 units valued at N13.6 million.

Also, VFD Group Plc maintained its position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis, with 422,074 units sold for N103.0 million, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Group Plc was in second place with 899,657 units valued at N59.1 million, while Geo-Fluids Plc was in third place for trading 61.1 million units for N49.2 million.

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Naira Crashes at Parallel Market, Gains at Official Market



Parallel Market

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Naira crashed against the United States Dollar at the parallel market on Thursday by N4 or 0.54 per cent to trade at N752/$1, in contrast to Wednesday’s rate of N748/$1.

However, in the official market, which is the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window, the Nigerian currency appreciated against the greenback yesterday by 45 Kobo or 0.1 per cent to quote at N461.25/$1 compared with the previous day’s value of N461.70/$1.

A 58.9 per cent or $64.66 million decrease in the value of forex turnover in the spot market helped the local currency close stronger during the session. Data from FMDQ Securities Exchange showed that FX trades worth $45.16 million were carried out compared with the $109.82 million executed in the previous trading day.

Also, in the Peer-2-Peer (P2P) segment of the FX market, the domestic currency gained N2 against the American Dollar to sell at N764/$1 versus Wednesday’s N766/$1.

However, in the interbank segment, the Naira lost 24 Kobo against the British Pound Sterling to close at N567.21/£1 compared with the previous N567.45/£1, and depreciated by 20 Kobo against the Euro to quote at N500.73/€1, in contrast to N500.53/€1.

Meanwhile, most of the tokens monitored by Business Post in the crypto market depreciated in value at the close of transactions on Thursday, with Litecoin (LTC) shedding 1.6 per cent to trade at $87.48.

Further, Ripple (XRP) depreciated by 1.4 per cent to sell at $0.4109, Binance Coin (BNB) lost 0.4 per cent to quote at $305.07, Dogecoin (DOGE) dropped 0.2 per cent to finish at $0.0862, and Bitcoin (BTC) declined by 0.01 per cent to sell at $23,044.70.

Conversely, Cardano (ADA) appreciated yesterday by 2.8 per cent to settle at $0.3808, Ethereum (ETH) rose by 0.6 per cent to sell at $1,604.89, and Solana added a 0.02 per cent to its value to close at $24.36.

but the prices of the US Dollar Tether (USDT) and Binance USD (BUSD) remained unchanged at the close of trades at $1.00, respectively.

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Stock Market Rebounds by 0.29% as GTCO, Others Enjoy Patronage



stock market bull

By Dipo Olowookere

A 0.29 per cent growth was recorded by the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Thursday on the back of renewed demand for stocks after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) aggressively cut down the stop rate of treasury bills on Wednesday.

The disappointment resulted in investors looking for alternative investment instruments, and equities were the next point of call.

In the previous two trading sessions, the stock market was down, but it rebounded yesterday on the back of a fresh bargain-hunting, which consequently pushed the All-Share Index (ASI) higher by 153.31 points to 52,752.96 points from 52,599.65 points, and the market capitalisation increased by N83 billion to N28.733 trillion from N28.650 trillion.

According to data from the NGX, the banking and energy sectors appreciated by 1.58 per cent each, the insurance space rose by 1.01 per cent, and the consumer goods counter grew by 0.05 per cent, while the industrial goods index depreciated by 0.01 per cent.

During the session, investors traded 139.7 million shares worth N2.0 billion in 3,549 deals compared with the 119.8 million shares valued at N2.7 billion traded in 3,552 deals, indicating an increase in the trading volume by 16.61 per cent, a decline in the trading value by 25.93 per cent, and a drop in the number of deals by 0.08 per cent.

GTCO emerged as the most traded equity yesterday with the sale of 17.8 million units, followed by Access Holdings, which transacted 15.4 million units. Fidelity Bank exchanged 11.9 million shares, Mutual Benefits sold 6.9 million equities, and Dangote Sugar traded 6.7 million stocks.

The market breadth was positive on Thursday, with 25 price gainers and seven price losers, indicating a very strong investor sentiment.

Geregu Power gained 10.00 per cent to trade at N147.40, Coronation Insurance appreciated by 9.76 per cent to 45 Kobo, Chellarams improved by 9.70 per cent to N1.81, International Energy Insurance grew by 9.43 per cent to 58 Kobo, and Tripple Gee jumped by 9.09 per cent to 96 Kobo.

On the flip side, RT Briscoe lost 9.09 per cent to settle at 30 Kobo, Royal Exchange dropped 8.24 per cent to sell at 78 Kobo, Courteville depreciated by 7.84 per cent to 47 Kobo, Linkage Assurance fell by 4.00 per cent to 48 Kobo, and Transcorp shed 0.82 per cent to N1.21.

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