Summary of the top business, economic and political news in Nigeria today.

  1. The international airfares from Lagos to various destinations across the globe have recorded a further increase following the announcement of a new dollar exchange rate for the sale of air tickets. The Switzerland-based IATA, the trade association representing over 290 global airlines, reviewed the dollar exchange rate for the sale of tickets for flights out of Nigeria from 305/dollar to 326/dollar about three weeks ago. As a result of this development, international airfares out of Nigeria, which are already on the high side, have risen further by seven per cent. Link
  2. The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has banned cash payments for passport processing as part of efforts to eliminate corruption at all passport offices nationwide.‎ Link
  3. The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has set next February as deadline to stop importation of fridges, air conditioners and other appliances not energy efficient. It has also fixed 2019 for locally- made ones. Link
  4. The National Bureau of Statistics says the inflation rate dropped from 16.1 per cent in June to 16.05 per cent in the month of July. It said the index dropped marginally, adding that this was the sixth consecutive time that the index would be dropping since January this year. Link
  5. President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed regrets over the neglect of the cocoa sector over the years, saying his administration will work to reposition it and other non-oil export commodities. The President, represented by Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the country’s annual production of cocoa declined from 420,000 tonnes in the 60s to 192,000 tonnes in 2015. Link
  6. PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the big four consulting firms in the world, says a devaluation of the Nigerian naira will be a key risk to the sustainability of the country’s foreign debt. Link
  7. The immediate past petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke on Mondayfinally forfeited a sum to the tune of N7,646,700,000 to the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN). This comes sequel to an order by a Federal High Court in Lagos. Link
  8. About 30 state governments could not attract any form of fresh investments into their states between January and June this year, an analysis of a capital importation report obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics has shown. The report revealed that only five states within the first six months of this year recorded any form of fresh investment inflow in key sectors of the economy. The states that got new investments are Lagos State, which attracted the highest amount of $2.6bn during the six months period, followed by Akwa Ibom with $52.44m. The Federal Capital Territory followed with $31.51m while Ogun State attracted fresh investment inflows of $5.31m; Oyo had $5.25m, and Rivers recorded $550,000 of investments. Link
  9. The Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, has approved the redeployment of general managers at the authority’s head office. He has also made new key appointments, according to a statement on Sunday by the Head of Corporate Communications, NEPZA, Mr. Simon Imobo-Tswam. Link
  10. Ecobank Nigeria has again reviewed upwards, the daily limit that customers can spend with their Naira MasterCards for international transactions. The new spending limit for customers, using an Ecobank naira MasterCard for international transactions on Point of Sale (PoS), and online channels was moved from $300 to $1,000 for standard card holders; $750 to $2500 for gold card holders; and $1000 to $3000 for platinum customers. Link
  11. Heritage Bank Plc has said neither its managing director nor any member of its management team is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over an alleged N13bn fraud. A report on Sunday had said the EFCC was after the bank’s Managing Director, Ifie Sekibo, and quoted sources at the commission as saying that he was invited for his role in the alleged diversion of N13bn belonging to the Oyo State Government.The Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, Fela Ibidapo, said the account being investigated by the EFCC was not related to the Oyo State Government. Link
  12. The Bank of Industry under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme has signed an agreement with Oxfam to disburse N200m to Oxfam’s Village Saving and Loan Associations in Nassarawa, Benue and Plateau states. Link
  13. A total of 10 commercial banks that include Zenith Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) have reported N26.8 billion on current account maintenance fee in six months. Others are Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, FCMB Group Plc, Diamond Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and Unity Bank Plc. The 10 commercial banks in half year of 2016 generated about N26.5 billion for maintaining customers’ current account. Link
  14. The Bank of Industry (BoI) has disbursed loan facilities ranging from N10,000 to N50,000 to over 1,000 women entrepreneurs in Plateau State, under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP). Link
  15. Unity Bank management says it plans to disburse up to N100 billion out of the N500 billion earmarked by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the Anchor Borrower Scheme under the Nigerian Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), using the bank as a channel partner. Link
  16. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says General Electric, GE, and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd, CCECC, will build universities of transportation in Nigeria. He said by the end of 2017, CCECC will be taking about 100 Nigerians to China to learn at undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. levels to return to Nigeria as faculty for the university of Transportation. Link
  17. Uber has expanded its strategic collaboration with leading insurance company, AXA Mansard, as part of commitment to the protection of its driver-partners in Nigeria. In a statement over the weekend,  Uber said driver-partners will all receive insurance coverage for medical expenses, permanent disabilities, and accidental death benefits from incidents occurring while operating on the Uber App. Link
  18. The automobile industry recently witnessed a milestone as Nigeria’s first coach brand BUSCAR was unveiled to the public in Lagos. BUSCAR, an innovation, which integrates the bus technology with the luxury and convenience of a car is said to be a full blown African coach brand with a Nigerian origin. Link
  19. The European Union and Germany are collaborating with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria on a €24.5m energy efficient project. The SON, as a result, has pegged February, 2018 as a deadline for importation of fridges, air conditioners and other home appliances that are not energy-efficient while fixing 2019 as a deadline for the use of locally manufactured appliances that are not energy-efficient. Link
  20. The board of directors of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc has approved the appointment of First Registrars and Investor Services as new registrars to the company.  Link
  21. Shell and Chevron, which are major shareholders in the Chevron-run West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAGPCo), owners of the $1 billion West African Gas Pipeline, are not yet aware of the plan by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to extend the 678-kilometre pipeline to Cote D’Ivoire. Link
  22. The Managing Director, West African Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo), Mr Walter Perez, said at the weekend that the company transports 70 million standard cubic feet (scf) of gas daily to its customers as vandalisation of oil and gas pipeline has dropped. Link
  23. Construction is set to begin on a new city in Lagos known as the Imperial International Business City, a joint venture development between Channeldrill Resources Limited and the Elegushi royal family. Link
  24. Subscribers of the Globacom mobile network in four local government areas of Ondo State were unable to use the network for the past two weeks as the 33 stations in the areas have been shut down by the security men manning them. The guards were said to have taken the action in protest against the telecommunication company following alleged non-payment of their salaries for the past 11 months by the security outfit, Concord Security Limited, contracted by Glo to hire the guards. Link
  25. The Osun Government on Monday unveiled the selling of rams at between N45,000 and N80,000 to citizens of the state ahead of the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir. Link

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