By Adedapo Adesanya
The cost of refilling a 5kg to 12kg cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), popularly known as cooking gas, has more than doubled in the last 12 months, indicating more pressure on the cost of living for Nigerians.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in its Price Watch for August 2022, said the price of cooking gas increased by 101.17 per cent in the last year.
The bureau said Taraba State residents paid the highest amount as it recorded the highest average price for refilling a cooking gas cylinder, with Katsina State being the lowest.
The NBS said, “The average retail price for refilling a 5kg Cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (cooking gas) increased by 1.34 per cent on a month-on-month basis from N4,397.68 recorded in July 2022 to N4,456.56 in August 2022.
“On a year-on-year basis, this rose by 101.17 per cent from N2,215.33 in August 2021.
“On state profile analysis, Taraba recorded the highest average price for refilling a 5kg Cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) with N4,925.44, followed by Adamawa with N4,920.00, and Lagos with N4,782.50.
“On the other hand, Katsina recorded the lowest price with N4,020.00, followed by Ogun and Yobe with N4,057.14 and N4,078.46 respectively.”
The agency further said the average retail price for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder of LPG increased by 0.77 per cent on a month-on-month basis from N9,824.07 in July 2022 to N9,899.34 in August 2022.
“On a year-on-year basis, this rose by 119.26 per cent from N4,514.82 in August 2021,” it stated, adding that Ebonyi State recorded the highest average retail price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of LPG with N11,225.00 whilst Katsina State recorded the lowest average price with N8,150.00.”
Despite plans to boost gas supply, Nigeria has not been able to attain its plan to boost domestic gas supply. It has embarked upon many initiatives, including the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP).
NGEP is designed to provide framework and policy support to extend the gas supply and utilisation in power generation, gas-based industries and emerging niche gas sectors.
One expected development is to boost gas in transportation, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking, and remote virtual gas supply using trucks to convey LNG and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to industries.
The other initiatives include the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kano gas pipeline to support five billion cubic feet per day of domestic gas utilisation in the near term and five-Gigawatt power generation.
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By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigeria losses over $7 billion annually to inefficiency and corruption, a report by the Nigeria project of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) in collaboration with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has revealed.
The report said that illegal charges, rent-seeking and corrupt port officials and circumstances of excessive delay to import and export processes were some of the administrative bottlenecks responsible for such huge losses.
“In economic terms, the private sector and the Nigerian government lose as high as N600 billion annually as a result of administrative bottlenecks and delays at the port and terminals in Nigeria,” it stated.
In the report, challenges of port administration were said to remain a major issue as operators continue to face lingering challenges that include infrastructure gaps, regulatory inconsistencies, duplication of roles by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, high rate of infractions by MDAs, cumbersome cargo clearing processes, multiple taxations and poor state of the roads.
“These challenges, particularly cargo clearance processes and modal transportation have created circumstances of excessive delays to import/export processes, red tape, rent-seeking and corrupt demands, human and vehicular congestion in and around the ports and illegal charges leading to high of business operations.
“Estimates indicate that the economic cost of these inefficiencies to the Nigerian government and private sector is as high as $7 billion annually.
“Broken down, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce Industry, LCCI, further calculates these annual losses to amount to N600 billion in Customs revenues, $10 billion in non-oil export and some N2.5 trillion in corporate revenues, including a drop of 38-40 per cent in industrial capacity,” a part of the report disclosed.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Emmanuel Jime, said that the Nigerian ports have been classified as the worst in the world due to traffic congestion, safety and security concerns and logistics shortcomings that have plagued the ports.
Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of the Convention of Business Integrity, Mr Soji Apampa, the convener of the Port Users Conference themed Retooling the Maritime Sector for Stronger Economic Growth, said the that the focus of the MACN Nigeria project is to use the collective action to strengthen good governance, reduce corruption and improve the investment climate in the Maritime sector.
Mr Apampa said,” We achieve this by working with the industry to strengthen compliance with government regulation, stakeholder activism and public vigilance.”
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The federal government has described the economic blueprint of the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Atiku Abubakar, as a “poor version” of the model of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Last week, Mr Atiku, a former Vice President of Nigeria, was in Lagos at an event to explain how he intends to handle the country’s economy if elected as President next year.
The event was organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to provide a platform for candidates of the three major political parties in the race to explain their plans for the economy.
The former VP was the first to use the platform, followed by the former Governor of Anambra State and candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi.
The candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Bola Tinubu, is the next to honour the invitation extended to him to reel out his economic plans.
While addressing a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said the current administration is implementing the content of Mr Atiku’s economic blueprint.
“Let me say, straight away, that the so-called blueprint is a crude attempt at copying all that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done, especially in the areas of job creation, infrastructure financing, relationship with the private sector, rejuvenation of the power sector, poverty reduction, debt management and the overall management of the economy,” Mr Mohammed told reporters today.
“It is more shocking that an opposition that has condemned all that this administration has done would turn around to weave its so-called Economic Blueprint around the same things that are currently being done by the same administration,” he said.
According to the Minister, the plan by the former Vice President to rebuild infrastructure and reduce infrastructure deficit to boost the economy and wealth creation is what Mr Buhari has been doing since he was elected in 2015.
“Even our worst critics will agree that our record on infrastructure development is next to none in the history of this country. Across the country, we have constructed 8,352.94 kilometres of roads, rehabilitated 7,936.05 kilometres of roads, constructed 299 bridges, maintained 312 bridges and created 302,039 jobs in the process,” the Minister said.
According to him, before 2015, the road budget was N18.132 billion but increased to N260.082 billion in 2016; N274.252 billion in 2017, N356.773 billion in 2018, N223.255 billion in 2019, N227.963 billion in 2020 and N241.864 billion in 2021.
He further said the administration of Mr Buhari has given room for investors to thrive, giving rise to “an unprecedented number of projects, including the 650,000bpd Dangote Refinery, Dangote Fertilizer plant, Lekki Deep Sea Port, BUA Cement, the 5,000bpd Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Imo State; the 2,500bpd Duport Modular Refinery/Energy Park in Edo State; the 2,000bpd Atlantic Modular Refinery in Bayelsa State; the 12,000bpd Azikel Modular Refinery also in Bayelsa; and more.
He said in the area of power, the federal government under the Presidential Power Initiative, partnered with Siemens to deliver 7,000MW in the first phase, 11,000MW in the second phase and 25,000MW in the third phase.
“This will positively impact job creation, boost investor confidence, accelerate economic growth and reduce the cost of doing business. For those who may be in doubt, let me say that this project is a game changer. As you may have read, electricity equipment ordered under the project has started arriving in the country. When they are installed, there will be a major improvement in the supply of electricity across the country,” Mr Mohammed said.
By Dipo Olowookere
The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc has reacted to reports questioning its corporate governance structure and the N35 billion it seeks to raise from the capital market.
In a statement, the organisation said the money would be used to fund its business expansion, especially the viable investment opportunities it has identified to be of great benefit to shareholders.
The NGX Group stated that these identified viable investment opportunities are in line with its strategic expansion plans, including deepening investments in the existing portfolio companies to ensure high and steady dividend returns, adding that it is on course with its long-term strategy, which will ensure it provides competitive returns for its investors.
“NGX Group would therefore like to assure the investing public that it will continue to uphold the highest corporate governance standards, as it has historically done.
“We are extremely mindful of due process, our records are verifiable, and we are on course with our long-term strategy execution,” a part of the statement said.
The organisation also said it would continue to uphold the highest corporate governance standards with the overriding interest of maximising value for its shareholders.
It explained that the appointments of some of its directors did not contravene any law or governance codes as they were approved by the National Council and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The company noted that the directors were empowered to establish the Scheme further to a resolution of the shareholders at the NSE’s Extra-Ordinary Meeting held on 3 March 2020.
Additionally, the resolution for the allotment of 200,419,990 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each for the operation of a Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) consisting of a Deferred Bonus Plan (DBP) and an Employee Share Purchase Plan (ESPP) was made at the company’s 2021 AGM on September 9, 2021, to operationalise the earlier approval of the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2020, it stated.
“Furthermore, it should be noted that part of the approval granted by the shareholders at the 2021 AGM was for half of the total number of shares proposed for the LTIP being 100,209,995 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each to be purchased by employees under an Employee Share Purchase Plan.
“Under the terms of the ESPP, the shares will be offered at a discount of between 15 – 20 per cent of its market price and will be purchased by employees subject to the fixed cap per employee and availability of the pool.
“The other half relates to a deferred bonus under the Deferred Bonus Plan (DBP), which is earned when eligible employees meet set performance standards annually. Neither the DBP nor the ESPP is a gift to the employees. Both are multi-year plans,” the statement disclosed.
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