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Manufacturers Wants Removal of VAT on Diesel as Hardship Bites Harder

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Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

By Adedapo Adesanya

As economic hardship bites harder, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) is calling on the federal government to remove the Value Added Tax (VAT) on Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), otherwise known as diesel to ease the problems faced by businesses in the country.

According to the Director-General of MAN, Mr Segun Ajayi-Kadir, the rising price of diesel has become very worrisome following its negative impact on businesses, especially the manufacturing sector of the economy.

He noted that the hike was due to the increase in the price of crude oil at the international market which had gone above $110 per barrel following the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, but stressed that the removal of VAT on diesel could help matters.

“Knowing also that diesel has been deregulated removes the question for a buffer to the cost.

“The law of demand and supply is at play here and since we have historically lacked local refining capability, we are left at the mercy of the vagaries of international price and the geopolitics of it.

“As long as the price of crude oil continues to go up, the price of AGO will equally skyrocket.

“It is now said to be selling at N750 per litre, up from about N300 per litre two months ago.

“Unfortunately, manufacturers who largely rely on diesel to run their factories due to unreliable nature of the grid power supply are contending with a huge cost to sustain their production line.

“The direct implication of this trend, as many Nigerians are already feeling the heat, is the reflective high cost of goods in the market owing to the high cost of production,” he said.

The MAN DG said that it was on record that manufacturers expended N100 billion yearly on alternative energy sources due to unstable electricity supply, which constituted between 30 to 40 per cent of their cost structure.

He said that the implication was that the manufacturing cost structure was thrown overboard; working capital depleted and capacity utilisation nose-dived.

“Since the average Nigerian’s disposable income has been depleted, we can only expect that the resulting higher prices of goods will further constrain purchases and aggravate the poverty level.

“The solution is rather complex since we are dealing with a deregulated industry as I earlier mentioned.

“In the short term, we can only look at how to get more favourable prices from the marketers; seek to remove other costs that are in the country such as Value Added Tax on  AGO.

“We will also work with the government to reduce the pressure in other pain points for the manufacturers,” he said.

Mr Ajayi-Kadir then stressed the need to make the nation’s refineries work, incentivise the building of more refineries and generally ramp up the private sector players in the sector, including foreign ones.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Friesland Extends NASD OTC Securities Growth by 0.98%

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By Adedapo Adesanya

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc extended the bulls’ presence at the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange by 0.98 per cent on Tuesday, September 27.

This expanded the market capitalisation of the bourse by N9.38 billion to N963.94 billion from N954.56 billion and jerked the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) up by 3.19 basis points to end the day at 762.12 points as against the 765.31 points it recorded in the previous session.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc appreciated yesterday by N4.90 to sell at N78.00 per unit compared to the N73.10 per unit it was transacted a day earlier.

Despite the growth posted yesterday by the NASD OTC securities, there was a price loser and it was Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc, which declined by N1.00 to settle at N199.00 per share compared with Monday’s value of N198.00 per share.

During the session, there was a rise in the volume of securities traded by 408.8 per cent to 189,296 units from the 37,205 units transacted by market participants in the preceding session.

In the same pattern, there was a rise in the value of shares traded by 129.1 per cent to N6.2 million from the N2.7 million recorded on Monday.

These transactions were completed in 18 deals, the same amount of deals carried out in the previous trading session.

At the close of trades, AG Mortgage Bank Plc was the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with the sale of 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc stood in second place with 687.6 million units worth N14.3 billion, and Mixta Real Estate Plc was in third place with 178.1 million units worth N313.4 million.

The most traded stock by value on a year-to-date basis was CSCS Plc with the sale of 687.6 million units worth N14.3 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 27.7 million units valued at N7.4 billion, as FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc was in third place with 14.3 million units valued at N1.7 billion.

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Naira Appreciates at P2P, Falls at I&E, Stable at Black Market

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Naira devaluation

By Adedapo Adesanya

The value of the Naira appreciated against the United States currency in the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment of the foreign exchange market on Tuesday by N2 to close at N740/$1 compared with the previous day’s value of N742/$1.

However, it depreciated against the American Dollar at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window of the FX market yesterday by 33 Kobo or 0.08 per cent to trade at N436.33/$1 in contrast to Monday’s value of N436.00/$1.

Data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange disclosed that the value of forex transactions recorded at the spot market yesterday went up by 27.31 per cent or $21.33 million to $99.43 million from the $78.10 million reported a day earlier.

In the interbank segment of the market, the Naira closed flat against the Pound Sterling at N463.96/£1 and against the Euro, it also remained unchanged at N416.15/€1 on Tuesday.

In the same vein, the exchange rate of the local currency paired with the greenback closed flat at the parallel market yesterday at N722/$1.

Meanwhile, the digital currency market was bearish yesterday, with Bitcoin (BTC) falling below the $20,000 mark again after it managed to rise above that level a day earlier.

On Tuesday, its value went down by 6.5 per cent to close at $18,765.50 as Ripple (XRP) recorded a 10.1 per cent slump to trade at $0.4282.

Ethereum (ETH) saw its value go down by 6.9 per cent to sell at $1,284.29, Solana (SOL) recorded a 6.5 per cent slide to quote at $32.44, Cardano (ADA) recorded a 5.6 per cent decline to settle at $0.4312, Binance Coin (BNB) shed 5.1 per cent to sell for $270.03, Litecoin (LTC) went down by 5.0 per cent to trade at $52.07, and Dogecoin (DOGE) saw a 4.5 per cent slump to trade $0.0594.

But Binance USD and the US Dollar Tether (USDT) closed flat at $1.00.a

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Nigerian Stocks Fall as CBN Hikes Interest Rate by 1.5%

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By Dipo Olowookere

Some of the gains recorded by the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Monday were given up on Tuesday following the raising of the benchmark interest rate by 1.5 per cent to 15.5 per cent by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The apex bank announced this hike in rate after its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja. It explained that it was to tame the rising inflation, currently at 20.52 per cent.

Investors were unhappy with this action, and they abandoned Nigerian stocks, causing the bourse to deflate by 0.06 per cent at the close of transactions.

More profit-taking is expected in the coming days as traders attempt to leave the volatile space for a less-risky fixed income market, where the return on investment is nearing 15 per cent.

Business Post observed more sell-offs in the banking and consumer goods sectors as they respectively lost 0.65 per cent and 0.52 per cent yesterday. However, the energy and insurance counters grew by 0.20 per cent and 0.06 per cent, respectively, while the industrial goods space closed flat.

At the close of business, the All-Share Index (ASI) was down by 27.87 points to 49,161.45 points from 49,189.32 points as the market capitalisation decreased by N13 billion to N26.519 trillion from N26.532 trillion.

May and Baker recorded the highest price decline on Tuesday, losing 9.79 per cent to N3.50, with Regency Assurance declining by 7.69 per cent to 24 Kobo. Vitafoam fell by 6.98 per cent to N20.00, Unilever Nigeria went down by 5.38 per cent to N12.30, and GlaxoSmithKline dropped 5.08 per cent to N5.60.

On the flip side, NGX Group and Multiverse topped the gainers’ log after their values rose by 10.00 per cent each to N19.80 and N3.41, respectively. Eterna gained 9.91 per cent to N6.32, Courteville grew by 8.89 per cent to 49 Kobo, and Champion Breweries expanded by 8.53 per cent to N3.69.

Analysis of the trading data showed that investor sentiment remained weak as the market breadth finished negative with 17 price losers and 13 price gainers.

Transcorp was the busiest stock yesterday as it transacted 38.5 million units for N39.0 million, followed by Zenith Bank, which sold 35.3 million units worth N710.8 million. FCMB traded 30.2 million shares valued at N105.6 million, Vitafoam transacted 18.1 million stocks for N362.8 million, and Linkage Assurance sold 8.9 million equities valued at N4.2 million.

In all, investors bought and sold 206.2 million stocks worth N2.4 billion in 3,679 deals on Tuesday, in contrast to the 119.3 million stocks worth N854.8 million traded in 3,580 deals on Monday. This implied that the trading volume, value and number of deals increased by 72.87 per cent, 176.38 per cent and 2.77 per cent apiece.

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