Julius Berger’s Managing Director, Wolfgang Goetsch has attributed an envisaged positive business outlook for Nigeria’s construction sector to the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
Wolfgang, who spoke to journalists earlier this week on the sidelines of the company’s Investor Relations forum in Lagos, disclosed that the country’s construction sector is expected to grow in 2018 despite certain challenges.
According to him, Nigeria’s GDP has continued rise, even as inflation decreases and the foreign reserves increases, thanks to favourable crude oil prices. These factors, he said, had led to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) elevation of the country’s 2018 growth forecast to 2.1%.
He also gave other reasons for his prediction, stating that the recently-witnessed stability in Nigeria’s currency market, which in the past had caused volatility. He also pointed to investors’ growing desire to readily embrace risks, which has resulted in “more time-intense and intricate contract negotiations requiring more rigorous evaluation.”
As the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan has now been in place, we continue to eagerly anticipate sustainable growth, and we look forward to the tangible positive outcomes for the construction industry, and therefore for our company.– Wolfgang Goetsch
What does this mean for the company and its shareholders?
In view of the highlighted favourable economic conditions and rising investor confidence, the construction industry in Nigeria will generally receive the much-needed boost to ensure productivity. This will in turn benefit companies such as Julius Berger, in the sense that revenue will increase, as well as profitability. As such, the company’s shareholders can be guaranteed of higher dividends.
Already, Julius Berger is positioning itself to take advantage of the current economic situation with its ‘Proactive Change Agenda’ which it hopes will ensure a more competitive and profitable corporation.
The company will, however, need to prepare to grapple with a few challenges, including the ones posed by its competitors. To really distinguish itself from its competitors, the company may also need to do more to always complete their contracts on time. This is said in view of the protracted construction on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, parts of which the company has been handling for the past five years.
Julius Berger Nigeria Plc was incorporated in 1970 and became listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1991.
Results for the first quarter ended March 2018 show the company reported revenue of ₦35.32 billion for the period ended March 2018 compared to ₦34.15 billion reported for the period ended March 2017.
Profit before tax was ₦2.21 billion for the period ended March 2018, as against a ₦17.1 million loss before tax recorded in the corresponding period of last year.
The stock closed at ₦29.00 in yesterday’s trading session.
#EndSARS: Protests may return if panels do not address all issues in 2 weeks – Former Nigerian Minister
Akinyemi says the #EndSARS protesters would return to the streets if their demands are not addressed in two weeks.
COVID-19: Jason Njoku and wife test positive
iROKOtv CEO and wife have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Jason Chukwuma Njoku, the co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv and his wife has tested positive for COVID-19. However, Mrs. Mary Njoku is feeling well.
Jason, disclosed this via his Twitter handle stating that “My enemies are hard at work in 2020. Mrs. Njoku and I tested positive for Covid-19. I’m not feeling great, but Mary is well. Literally no idea how I caught it. But we shall see this pass too.”
The media mogul did not reveal if his children caught the virus too.
My enemies are hard at work in 2020. Mrs Njoku and I tested positive for Covid19 😩. I'm not feeling great but Mary is well. 😷🤢. Literally no idea how I caught it. 🤷🏾♂️. But we shall see this pass too🙏🏾. pic.twitter.com/tnsP1BCPBB
— JasonNjoku (@JasonNjoku) October 28, 2020
UK High Commission reopens visa application centres in Nigeria
Days after it was shut down, United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria has announced the reopening of its visa application centres.
The United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria has announced the reopening of its visa application centres in the country.
This comes some days after the high commission had shut down its visa application centres in Victoria Island, Lagos and Abuja over the outbreak of violence arising from hijacked #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extra-judicial killings, which led to the loss of lives, vandalization, and looting of public and private assets across the country.
The disclosure was made by the High Commission in a statement through a tweet post on its official Twitter handle.
The High Commission, however, noted in its statement, titled, “Update on UK visa application centres in Nigeria” that its centres would not open on Thursday due to the public holiday in Nigeria, in honour of the Eid-El Malaud celebration.
The statement from the UK high commission, partly reads, “Our TLS contact visa application centres are now open in Nigeria. Following the recent closures, we are working hard to process all outstanding applications.’’
“We thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Please note Thursday, October 29, is a public holiday in Nigeria and our Visa application centres will be closed.”
The reopening of the visa applications centres after they were shut about a week ago is due to the gradual return of peace and order to some of those trouble spots, following the intervention of security agents.
The UK High Commission had been very critical of the outbreak of violence in the country, especially the shooting of unarmed protesters at Lekki Tollgate by alleged military personnel, and asked the government to thoroughly investigate the incident and ensure justice is done.
In its statement, the High Commission said, “We remain concerned by acts of looting and violence in Nigeria and urge security services use restraint as the order is restored. Working with all stakeholders, judicial panels of inquiry must investigate all incidents, including Lekki and ensure accountability for crimes.”
What you should know
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos state government to handle all cases of police brutality in the state have also been mandated to conduct an inquiry into the shooting of unarmed protesters last week.
Amnesty International earlier said that 12 people were allegedly shot dead by the police and army at two locations during the hijacked protests.
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Please see below 👇🏼 for an update on UK Visa Application Centres in Victoria Island, Abuja & Lagos.
— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) October 26, 2020