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This Week: The BIG PRICES expected

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This is a preview of what to expect in the Nigerian Economy for the period March 11th to  17th, 2018. As usual, we begin this preview with a review of some of the big stories in the economy in the week ended March 10th, 2018.

See “This Week” for last week

This BIG OUTRAGE

Last week was dominated by the expected backlash of the Lagos State Land Use Charge Act (LUC). Lagosians initially had a lacklustre response to the bill until they started receiving their LUC bills. The outrage was expected;

  • Some Landlords complained that their bills rose between 200% and 400%
  • Others raged that the valuation metrics enshrined in the law was unfair and arbitrary. They believed using current valuation was a bad way of assessing property prices for taxes.
  • Others also claimed that the difference between the 0.076% for Owner Occupier houses and the 0.76% for residential properties not occupied by owners created an arbitrage situation.
  • A notable Big 4 Audit firm appeared to view the Law in good light, so much they called it a VIBRANIUM for Lagos State.
  • Lagos State also pushed back on the law. In addition to the 15% discount offered for early payment of the charges, they claimed it was done in the best interest of the state. The government sent officials to defend the law on nearly all radio stations.
  • Lagos State believes it was proper to charge higher taxes considering that rent had risen since the original law was signed in 2004.

This BIG ERROR

And then there was that BIG ERROR! The LUC signed by the Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode included a clause that with the name “Alpha Beta”.

  • Alpha Beta is reportedly owned by the man down the road on Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi
  • The company has been at the forefront of tax collection for Lagos State since the days of former Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
  • It was embarrassing to the government and they scrambled to explain it to no avail.

This BIG LIE

The Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh was quoted saying Nigeria’s local rice policy, which is hugely promoted by the APC led government, had led to massive job losses in Thailand. But it turned out to be, well, a lie.

  • Even though local rice imports from Thailand had dropped significantly in 2017, Thailand still posted one of its best years for rice exports, with the neighbouring Benin Republic leading the fray as the top destination for rice exports from Thailand.
  • It is believed that most of this rice often find their way into Nigeria.
  • And yes, the Thai Ambassador in Nigeria vehemently making those comments.

This BIG RESULT

MTN released its 2017 full year results and as expected, it was massive.

  • Over N1 trillion in revenue made from Nigeria alone. That’s N83 billion a month and N2.7 billion a day. Let that sink!!
  • MTN also reported that it made about N127 billion from data subscription and another N112 billion from Digital Revenue. All from Nigeria
  • Soon, Nigerians may have an opportunity to share in this pie. They confirmed listing this year, in what might be the largest IPO in Nigeria’s corporate history.

Penny Stocks doing BIG THINGS

The stock market closed the week positively again last week as investors looked forward to more results. Sadly, the only big result we saw was from NASCON. Nevertheless, the week ended strong on the back of….you guessed right….Penny Stocks

  • Japaul gained 54% last week and is now up nearly 100% on the back of its latest announcement of its acquisition by Milost Global.
  • It wasn’t only Japaul. Consolidated Hallmark, ABC Transport, First Aluminium, AG Leventis, Lasaco all made the top ten best performers last week.

Other BIG NEWS

  • Nigeria’s external reserved crossed $42 billion for the first time in 5 years
  • The DMO sold FGN Savings bond last week at yields at; 2-Year FGN Savings Bond due March 14, 2020, is 10.746% per annum, 3-Year FGN Savings Bond due March 14, 2021, is 11.746% per annum
  • A report by the National Bureau of Statistics released this week shows 13,394,945 passengers travelled through Nigerian airports in 2017. This comprised of  6,693,687 at arrivals and 6,701,258 at departures. The figure was an 8.03% decline from 2016, mainly due to the six-week closure of Abuja airport in March 2017.
  • Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Kano airports served over 92% of total passengers in the fourth quarter of 2017. The fourth quarter of a year is for the months October-December.

The BIG week Ahead

BIG Macros

It’s another BIG week for the Nigerian Economy. This week the National Bureau of Statistics will be releasing BIG numbers that typically have a potential impact on business models and household consumer spending. The BIG pricing data is expected this week.

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  • This week the NBS releases the Consumer Pricing Index which measures the rise in the prices of goods and services in the country.
  • Inflation rates have trended downwards every month for over a year and this is likely to persist this month.
  • Last month, the inflation rate was 15.13% and will likely drop to below 15% for the first time since April 2016.
  • Nairametrics predicts an inflation rate of about 14.6%
  • The NBS will also release its monthly select food price index. The Index measures the prices of food items across the country.
  • Also expected are the Fuel, Diesel and Gas price watch as well as the Transport sector price trackers.

BIG Markets

Last week we anticipated results of some of Nigeria’s biggest companies. This did not materialize. We will expect these results this week. The stock market bulls should continue to dominate the bears this week as investors position for positive results. Dividend announcements are also in play.

  • More results to be released this week and the blue chips should begin to roll in with their numbers.
  • Zenith, GTB, Dangote Cement, Access Bank are all expected this week.
  • Japaul and the band of Penny Stocks? They should begin to fizzle out, so we do not expect the sort of price appreciations we have seen in the last two weeks.

The CBN is not expected to sell Treasury Bills this week, at least going by the published treasury bills calendar for the quarter.

On Cryptocurrencies, the price of Bitcoins dropped to below $9,000 as at Friday, in what Crypto followers believe is due to its inability to break a psychological technical analysis indicator. According to coin desk, “Bitcoin’s (BTC) repeated failure to beat inverse head-and-shoulders neckline resistance saw bears come in full force, pushing prices to a one-month low of $8,371 Friday. ” Most major cryptocurrencies also recorded price drops as investors panicked to sell-offs.

We won’t bet on this price drop being sustained and expect another surge in the latter part of the week. Bitcoins appear to have discovered a price floor which is around $8,000.

That’s it for this week. What do you think we missed?

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Lagos Commissioner of Police dismantles road blocks on Lagos-Badagry expressway

The Commissioner warned the concerned Area Commanders to take action on full compliance as any defaulter will be sanctioned accordingly.

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The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate dismantling of all illegal roadblocks by police teams from the command on the Lagos-Badagry expressway.

The directive is to checkmate the illegal activities of the police on that route which have been condemned by the government, some stakeholders and international bodies and also bring sanity and decency to their operations along that axis.

That disclosure is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Adejobi in the statement said that CP Odumosu gave the order on Friday while addressing Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the command on the general security situation in the state and reviewing the anti-crime strategies of the command in order to sustain its feats on crime control.

What the statement from the Lagos State Police Command is saying

The statement from the Lagos Police Command partly reads, “In his bid to restore sanity and decency to the operations of the police along the ever-busy international route, Lagos/Badargy Expressway, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for the immediate dismantling of illegal roadblocks by the police teams from the Lagos State Police Command.

The police boss, while reacting to some complaints from the general public and some security reports on the police activities along the international route, ordered the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers whose jurisdictions fall along the Badargy Expressway; Festac and Area K, Marogbo, to withdraw their men from the illegal roadblocks and embark on aggressive motorised patrol and surveillance to police their areas and the route.

The Commissioner of Police confirmed that the illegal police roadblocks along the route have been condemned by the government, international bodies and interest groups and they must be dismantled without delay,” he said.

The Commissioner, however, noted that other police operatives from other police formations, outside the supervision of the Lagos State Police Command who operate along the route, would be contacted to adjust and do the needful to restore sanity to their operations.

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The CP Odumosu then warned the concerned Area Commanders to desist and take necessary action on full compliance with his order as any defaulter will be sanctioned accordingly.

 

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 10th of April 2021, 84 new confirmed cases and death was recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 163,736 confirmed cases.

On the 10th of April 2021, 84 new confirmed cases and 1 death was recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 163,736 cases have been confirmed, 154,098 cases have been discharged and 2,060 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A total of 1.8 million tests have been carried out as of April 10th, 2021 compared to 1.7 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 10th April 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 163,736
  • Total Number Discharged – 154,098
  • Total Deaths – 2,060
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,803,177

According to the NCDC, the 84 new cases are reported from 13 states- Lagos (26), Akwa Ibom (16), Rivers (10), Ebonyi (9), Abia (6), Kano (6), Osun (3), Bauchi (2), Delta (2), Edo (1), Jigawa (1), Kaduna (1), and Ogun (1)

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 57,950, followed by Abuja (19,703), Plateau (9,030), Kaduna (8,984), Rivers (6,986), Oyo (6,838), Edo (4,892), Ogun (4,620), Kano (3,924), Ondo (3,226), Kwara (3,120), Delta (2,615), Osun (2,547), Nasarawa (2,378), Enugu (2,259), Katsina (2,097), Gombe (2,034), Ebonyi (2,008), Anambra (1,909), Akwa Ibom (1,794), and Abia (1,677).

Imo State has recorded 1,655 cases, Bauchi (1,538), Borno (1,337), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (1,051), Niger (930), Taraba (910), Bayelsa (871), Ekiti (868), Sokoto (774), Jigawa (525), Kebbi (450), Cross River (385), Yobe (365), Zamfara (234), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.

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Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.

On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.

On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.

On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

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