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Lagos Safe for Investments, Business Owners–Commissioner

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Lagos Safe for Investments, Business Owners--Commissioner

By Dipo Olowookere

Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations in Lagos State, Mr Seye Oladejo, has assured business owners in the metropolis that their investments were in safe hands.

Mr Oladejo gave this assurance during the simulation exercise carried out by officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) alongside other emergency stakeholders code named ‘Operation Oko Jasosa’ at the early hours of Sunday, April 29, 2018, as a way of reassuring investors and entire residents of Lagos of the preparedness of the State emergency responders to swiftly respond to emergency situations in a very coordinated manner.

The Commissioner, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Jemilade Longe, disclosed that the exercise shows the capability of the various emergency responders in the state and should further convince Lagosians beyond mere promises that Lagos state government places high premium on protection of life and property.

He added that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, since inception of his tenure three years ago, made a commitment to deploy a sizable chunk of the resource of the state towards protecting Lagosians as well as foreigners residing in the state.

“Disasters and accidents are thing that you cannot predict but for our investors, what the state government is saying is that if for whatever reason there is an accident, they should be rest assured that we have skilled officials, the needed synergy and equipment to combat surmount such situations. The implication of this is that our people can now go to sleep without any fear because there is a government that cares for them,” the Commissioner stated.

Giving an overview of the operation, General Manager of LASEMA, Mr Tiamiyu Adeshina, explained that the main rationale behinde the entire simulation process was the display of synergy that exists among all those involved in attending to emergency situations.

He added that exercise was intended to sharpen synergy, foster collaboration, improve the level of preparedness and increase the response capability of relevant stakeholders in the management of multiple casualty incident especially along the 3rd Mainland Bridge known do such multiple accident cases.

“There is nothing to panic about, this simulation exercise is delibrately planned to prepare our men, that is all emergency responders for a situation like this.

“After this exercise now, LASEMA and other stakeholders involved in this simulation process will go back to the drawing board to reappraise our performances, evaluate the entire rescue operation and design a better way to handle this type of scenario whenever it happens.

“It is part of the proactive measures we decided to carry out so that we won’t start learning how to combat real accident scenes when very precious lives would be involved,” the General Manager averred.

He described the entire synergy among the responders as perfect, saying that the equipment and professional skills of the rescuers have been put to test and can successfully handle real-life situations similar to the simulated accident scene.

He reassured Lagosians that wherever they are and at whatever time of the day, LASEMA with the support of other relevant stakeholders will do all within their power to make sure that they are safe.

Mr Tiamiyu disclosed that the simulation exercise that was concluded within an hour on the 3rd Mainland Bridge was a result of meticulous paper work, planning and several round table meetings that lasted for over 4 months.

The General Manager urged residents of the state to always remember the free-toll emergency line of 767 and 112.

He said, “Dont leave anything to chance, take advantage of this free lines and activate the call immediately an emergency is perceived so that swift assistance can come and the degree of injuries or casualities will be very minimal.”

He said that throughout the period of the rescue operation there was adequate traffic traffic control on the bridge, live update on television stations where motorists and Lagosians at large were advised not to panic.

The nickname given to the rescue operation ‘Oko Jasosa’ derived its name from the vehicle that plunged into the Lagos lagoon from the simulated accident that involved a luxurious bus and five other vehicles.

The exercise involves men of the LASEMA Response Unit (LRU), Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) State Environmental Health and Monitoring Unit (SEHMU ), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps, Lagos State Waterway Authority (LASWA), Rapid Response Squard (RRS), Marine Police National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Nigerian Security & Civil Defence Corp and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Domestic Market Loses 0.06% on Profit-taking in 26 Stocks

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By Dipo Olowookere

Profit-taking in 26 stocks on Monday opened the doors of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited wide open to the bears, causing the domestic market to lose 0.06 per cent.

All but one of the key sectors of the market closed bearish yesterday and this was the energy counter, which appreciated by 1.67 per cent, while the insurance, banking, consumer goods and industrial goods sectors declined by 1.44 per cent, 0.45 per cent, 0.23 per cent and 0.01 per cent respectively.

Consequently, the All-Share Index (ASI) was reduced by 29.08 points to 45,928.27 points from 45,957.35 points, while the market capitalisation fell by N12 billion to N24.749 trillion from N24.761 trillion.

Regency Assurance was the worst-performing stock yesterday as its value went down by 9.52 per cent to 38 kobo, followed by FTN Cocoa, which dropped 7.69 per cent to 36 kobo.

NEM Insurance declined by 5.41 per cent to N3.50, Sovereign Trust Insurance lost 4.17 per cent to trade at 23 kobo, while Cutix depreciated by 4.00 per cent to N2.40.

Business Post reports that the exchange closed with 15 price gainers on Monday led by Livingtrust Insurance, which appreciated by 9.62 per cent to quote at N1.14.

Northern Nigerian Flour Mills grew by 9.49 per cent to N8.65, Academy Press improved by 9.09 per cent to 72 kobo, Courtville rose by 8.70 per cent to 50 kobo, while ABC Transport gained 5.88 per cent to trade at 36 kobo.

Yesterday, Chams was the busiest stock, trading 40.6 million units valued at N8.1 million and was trailed by UBA, which exchanged 35.1 million units worth N284.7 million.

Courtville traded 33.3 million units for N16.6 million, Sterling Bank sold 18.8 million units valued at N30.1 million, while Access Bank transacted 17.1 million units worth N166.4 million.

At the close of transactions, the volume of shares traded by investors went down by 1.06 per cent to 278.6 million units from 281.6 million units. The value, however, increased by 19.71 per cent to N2.9 billion from N2.4 billion, while the number of deals rose by 18.94 per cent to 4,447 deals from 3,739 deals.

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Friesland, CSCS Leave NASD Bourse Bleeding After N8.23bn Loss

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) started the week on a negative note after it bled by 1.3 per cent on Monday as a result of profit-taking, especially in the shares of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc and Central Securities Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc.

The Peak Milk maker lost N3.3 or 2.9 per cent yesterday to trade at N115.00 per share compared with the previous N118.30 per share, while the Nigerian depository company depreciated by N1.00 or 5.4 per cent to quote at N18.38 per unit as against the preceding session’s value of N19.38 per unit.

The losses posted by the duo decreased the market capitalisation of the bourse by N8.23 billion to N622.23 billion from N630.46 billion and weakened the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) by 9.71 points to wrap the session at 734.83 points compared with 744.54 points recorded at the previous session.

Unfortunately, the market did not record a price gainer yesterday, but the volume of securities traded at the bourse by investors went down by 97.3 per cent to 111,347 units from the 4.1 million units achieved last Friday.

In the same vein, the value of shares that exchanged hands during the trading day depleted by 94.5 per cent to N4.8 million from N86.9 million, while the number of deals executed by traders depreciated by 12.5 per cent to seven deals from the eight deals carried out at the preceding session.

At the close of business, CSCS Plc maintained its position as the most traded security by volume on a year-to-date basis with 653.7 million units of its shares sold for N13.7 billion. VFD Group Plc came next with 916,161 units valued at N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc has so far traded 233,766 units valued at N27.5 million.

Also, CSCS Plc ended the day as the most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis with the sale of 653.7 million units worth N13.7 billion. VFD Group Plc also came next with 916,161 units worth N331.5 million, while Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc trailed with 233,766 units worth N27.5 million.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Others Appreciate amid Renewed Interest

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Renewed interest in cryptocurrency helped the market regain its feet on Monday after last week’s scare, which forced investors to offload the digital assets.

The selloff witnessed lately was triggered by fears that the United States Federal Reserve would come up with a tighter monetary policy this week.

But yesterday, the market was calm as seven of the 10 tokens monitored by Business Post across the various trading platforms closed positive, with Bitcoin (BTC) gaining 5.9 per cent to close at N21,279,581.03.

Litecoin (LTC) appreciated by 2.9 per cent to sell at N64,092.87, Ethereum (ETH) made a 1.8 per cent appreciation to close at N1,421,449.49, while US Dollar Tether (USDT) improved by 1.5 per cent to sell for N586.56.

In addition, Ripple (XRP) appreciated by 0.6 per cent to close at N352.24, Dogecoin (DOGE) rose by 0.3 per cent to quote at N81.59, while Binance Coin (BNB) recorded a gain of 0.1 per cent to trade at N154,299.88.

On the other hand, Dash (DASH) fell by 3.7 per cent to trade at N52,686.71, Tron (TRX) depreciated by 3.2 per cent to sell at N31.35, while Cardano (ADA) depleted by 1.1 per cent to close at N630.39.

Meanwhile, at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) segment of the foreign exchange (FX) market in Nigeria, the Naira traded bearish on the first day of this week, losing 0.09 per cent or 38 kobo to trade exchange against the Dollar at N416.38/$1 compared with the preceding session’s rate of N416/$1.

This occurred amid a decline in the demand for forex at the market window, with the turnover for the day at $136.9 million, 3.8 per cent or $5.5 million lower than the $142.42 million recorded last Friday.

Also, the domestic currency suffered a loss of 11 kobo against the greenback at the interbank segment of the market, trading at N415.53/$1 at the close of business on Monday compared with N415.53/$1 of the previous session.

But against the Pound Sterling, the Naira appreciated by N2.69 yesterday to close at N560.69/£1 in contrast to the previous N563.38/£1, while against the Euro, the local currency gained 88 kobo to close at N470/€1 versus last Friday’s N470.88/€1.

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