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Nigerian Exchange Sheds 0.47% as Investors Offload Cadbury, Others



Cadbury Nigeria

By Dipo Olowookere

The decision of investors to offload Cadbury Nigeria and 14 other stocks at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Friday had a negative impact on the market.

Yesterday, the exchange depreciated by 0.47 per cent despite recording an improvement in the level of activity as market participants preferred to book profit rather than do bargain hunting.

As a result, the All-Share Index (ASI) decreased by 187.21 points to settle at 39,483.08 points compared with the previous day’s 39,670.29 points.

In the same vein, the market capitalisation went down at the close of transactions by N98 billion to finish at N20.571 trillion in contrast to N20.669 trillion it ended on Thursday.

In terms of the performance of the five key sectors of the NGX, only the insurance space appreciated yesterday as it moved higher by 0.28 per cent.

The consumer goods sector depreciated by 0.25 per cent, the banking counter went down by 0.18 per cent, the energy space declined by 0.16 per cent, while the industrial goods sector reduced by 0.08 per cent.

On the price movement chart, FTN Cocoa sat on top of the losers’ log after its equity price went down by 6.98 per cent to 40 kobo.

University Press declined by 6.20 per cent to N1.21, Cadbury dropped 5.03 per cent to N8.50, Linkage Assurance went down by 4.76 per cent to 60 kobo, while Learn Africa reduced by 4.44 per cent to N1.29.

On the gainers’ table, Lasaco Assurance sat comfortably with a 10.00 per cent gain to sell at N1.54 and was followed by Neimeth, which grew by 9.63 per cent to N2.05.

UAC Nigeria appreciated by 9.57 per cent to N11.45, Pharma Deko went up by 9.55 per cent to N1.72, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance rose by 9.52 per cent to 46 kobo.

In terms of the activity chart, the trading volume increased by 39.01 per cent to 280.6 million units from 201.8 million units, the trading value improved by 89.48 per cent to N3.2 billion from N1.7 billion, while the number of deals rose by 22.54 per cent to 4,012 deals from 3,274 deals.

At the close of trades, Honeywell Flour Mills was the most active with 57.5 million units worth N185.8 million, followed by GTCO with 42.6 million units valued at N1.2 billion.

Jaiz Bank transacted 22.4 million equities for N13.3 million, Mutual Benefits Assurance exchanged 16.2 million stocks for N5.4 million, while Transcorp traded 14.4 million shares valued at N14.0 million.

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

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Ellah Lakes, Enugu Government Seal Rice Processing Deal



Ellah Lakes

By Dipo Olowookere

A Nigerian agribusiness company, Ellah Lakes Plc, has sealed an agreement with the Enugu State government for the processing of rice aimed to improve food security in the state and the nation at large.

The chief executive of the firm, Mr Chuka Mordi, described the deal as “a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base.”

Ellah Lakes said in a statement that with the partnership, it will transform the Ada Rice Company and Plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State.

This is expected to create not less than 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months as the company will have the opportunity to establish a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

Business Post reports that Adani community is well-known for the cultivation and production of rice but due to poor infrastructure and support of the government, it has suffered low patronage.

This partnership between the Enugu State government and Ellah Lakes should change the narrative for good and boost local production of rice.

In the statement issued on Wednesday by Ellah Lakes, a company listed on the trading platform of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, work is scheduled to begin immediately in Adani.

“Ellah Lakes is happy to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Enugu State Government, through the Enugu State Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, for the expansion and further development of the Ada Rice Company and plantation in Adani, Uzo-Uwani LGA, into a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) in Enugu State, Nigeria.

“Ellah Lakes will produce and process rice with the participation of over 200 indigenous farmers in the local out-grower program. Ellah Lakes will also develop a feed mill and ethanol processing plant on the site in Adani.

“The development is expected to create a minimum of 5,000 jobs over the next 24 months, and work is scheduled to begin immediately,” a part of the statement disclosed.

“This is a significant landmark for the company in fulfilling our strategic objective of diversifying our portfolio and production base, and we are very excited to be working with the Enugu State Government.

“We are very pleased with this collaboration with the very progressive government of Enugu State. For us, this is the beginning of a great journey to expand the industrial base of the state, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture,” Mr Mordi was quoted as saying.

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Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Rewards Customers



Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers scheme

Ahead of the festive season, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), has unveiled the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Loyalty Program tagged Umatter.

It is a reward scheme targeted at the customers of the PFA, to reward them for their loyalty and patronage through exclusive discounts as they shop with their e-loyalty card.

The loyalty program is available at the PFA’s partner merchants’ locations and stores across the nation. It is aimed at providing Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ customers with exciting shopping discounts to help them spend less and save more when they shop.

Some of the participating merchant outlets are Maybrands, Café Royale, Hubmart Stores, Chocolate Royal, La Campagne Tropicana, Physio Centers of Africa, Medplus, iStore, Oriki, Launderland and Active Leisure.  The discounts range from 5 to 12 per cent on products and services purchased.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers’ partnerships with these major outlets will enable customers to seamlessly enjoy instant discounts on their purchases during this festive period, thereby making life even more easy and affordable for customers who use the Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers e-loyalty card.

Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers will continue to initiate valuable programs like this that encourage people to continue saving for their retirement and building their financial future.

New and existing customers can be a part of this exciting loyalty program by visiting or calling 01 271 6000.

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FG to Inject N381trn into Economy to Create Job, Tackle Poverty



Nigeria Economy challenges

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government is partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to inject N381 trillion into the economy to cushion the growing rate of poverty, job losses and economic degradation in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Fund, Mr Joseph Ari, during a media interaction with the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Jos.

Mr Ari said the federal government came up with a 5-year National Development Plan tied around the sum of money to be able to achieve this aim.

He said the plan will replace the initial Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP).

According to him: “The plan, which projects the creation of 21 million jobs, with 35 million Nigerians lifted out of poverty, affordable housing for Nigerians and an export-led economy among others, is expected to cost N381 trillion to implement and have six focal areas of economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development and regional development.

“As the leading human capital development institution in Nigeria, we have commenced the process of repositioning our programmes and activities to effectively prepare the Nation’s workforce in line with our mandate of developing a pool of qualified Nigerians to man the public and private sectors of the national economy as we believe that for this plan to succeed, all Nigerians as individual citizens and as institutions must contribute their bit.

“You will recall that on the assumption of office in 2016, the economy was in recession leading to massive job losses and corresponding increases in poverty.

“Our initiatives then particularly the emphasis on skills intervention programmes was borne out of the need to drive the actualization of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP), which we achieved to an appreciable degree by training hundreds of thousands of Nigerians that are today gainfully employed or even employers of labour,” Mr Ari said.

He, however, lauded the media for a robust coverage of the Funds activities over the years, saying that the media has been critical in return of peace in the state.

“Beyond this, fora such as we are holding today have been critical to the return of peace in plateau state, thereby creating the necessary environment for our organisation to thrive especially within the last five years on account of your professionalism and determined efforts to rise above sensationalism, headline-grabbing and petty politics,” Mr Ari said.

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