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These listed firms are among the top non-oil exporters in the country

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last week released its Annual report for the years 2016 and 2017. In addition to reporting about the Bank’s activities, the report also contains information about the top 100 exporters in the country.

Goods valued at $909 million were exported by 100 companies last year. 13 of these companies are listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), indicating that the bourse has its work cut out for it in attracting firms to list.

Here are the highlights of those companies listed on the NSE, the goods they exported and the countries they were exported to. The list is arranged from the lowest in export value to the highest.

Notore Chemical Industries Plc

Notore Chemical Industries Plc exported goods valued at $713,674.00 last year. The goods comprised urea granular fertilizer, granular in bulk, fully refrigerated ammonia which were exported to Brazil, Israel, and Morocco.

Notore was listed early this month on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

GlaxoSmithKline Plc exported $783,618.65 worth of goods last year. They comprise Andrews Liver Salt, Panadol Suspension, and Horlicks, which were exported to Ghana.

Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) Plc

Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc exported $1,149,996.00 worth of cement to Niamey, Niger Republic.

FTN Cocoa Processors Plc

FTN Cocoa Processors Plc exported $3,987,868.30 worth of cocoa butter to Germany and the United States of America.

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Unilever Nigeria Plc

Unilever Nigeria Plc exported $8,130,087.59 worth of Omo and Sunlight detergents to Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.

Nestle Nigeria Plc

Nestle Nigeria Plc last year exported $8,131,388.48 worth of Maggi seasoning to Ghana, USA, Spain, Mali, Niger and Guinea.

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PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc

PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc exported $8,582,770.88 worth of soaps and lotions, beauty care products, Robb ointment and evaporated milk to Ghana, Libya, Congo, Mali, Sudan, Gabon, Togo and Cote D’Ivoire last year.

Cadbury Nigeria Plc

Cadbury Nigeria Plc exported $9,748,332.37 worth of Cocoa Butter, Confectionaries (TomTom), and cocoa cakes to The Netherlands, Ghana, Germany, and Spain.

Okomu Oil Palm Plc

Okomu Oil Palm Plc exported $9,816,233.94 worth of rubber to France, Germany, Italy, Singapore and Finland.

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Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc exported $11,147,700.13 worth of recycled polypropylene black, wheat bran pellets, Nigerian dried raw cashew nuts in the shell, axially plastic PVC valve bags to the United States of America, Morocco and Vietnam.

Beta Glass Plc

Beta Glass Plc exported $14,134,987.98 worth of glass bottles to Ghana, Cape Verde, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Guinness Nigeria Plc

Guinness Nigeria Plc exported $15,060,692.26 worth of Guinness and Malta Guinness to the United Kingdom, Ghana and Cameroon.

Dangote Cement Plc

Dangote Cement exported $21,496,930.52 worth of cement to Niamey, Niger Republic, Ghana, and Togo.

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Onome Ohwovoriole has a degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and prior to joining Nairametrics in December 2016 as Lead Analyst had stints in Publishing, Automobile Services, Entertainment and Leadership Training.He covers companies in the Nigerian corporate space, especially those listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).He also has a keen interest in new frontiers like Cryptocurrencies and Fintech. In his spare time, he loves to read books on finance, fiction as well as keep up with happenings in the world of international diplomacy.You can contact him via [email protected]

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FCT Fuel scarcity: Why the queues have returned

There have been reports of long queues in the FCT, leading to major traffic jams in some parts of the city.

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On Monday, 19th of April, 2021, the NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari assured Nigerians that there would be no increase in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as Petrol in May. Kyari also added that Petroleum Tanker Drivers had suspended their proposed strike after the intervention of NNPC in the impasse between the PTD and the National Association of Road Transport Owners.

“We have given our commitment to both NARTO and PTD that we will resolve the underlining issue between them and come back to the table within a week so that we’ll have a total closure of the dispute,” he said.

However, in the Federal Capital Territory, it was a different story, because the intervention of the NNPC on the proposed strike may have come a little late. Starting on Monday evening, there were reports of long queues in the city, which continued even up to Tuesday afternoon, leading to major traffic in some parts of the city.

At around 2 pm on Tuesday, a trip to fuel stations in the Karu-Jikwoyi area and some other parts of the FCT revealed queues of varying lengths. Fuel stations in the city centres had noticeably long queues as consumers struggled to fill up vehicle tanks and kegs.

A driver, Agbor, spoke to Nairametrics on his ordeal in trying to get petrol.

“I heard the queue was not as bad here as it was in town, so I rushed down to this queue at O-Max but the attendants said they don’t have much fuel for now, and are rationing how much they sell. I had no choice but to buy 10 litres of black market fuel at N4,000.”

At some stations including NNPC filling stations, long queues extended into nearby streets and although vehicular movements were being controlled to provide some semblance of order, the gates were shut in many to prevent mayhem.

The severity of the situation was also quite pronounced at Asokoro. There were long queues at the MRS filling station at AYA junction and A. A Rano station among others. The entry and exit gates were completely shut in many instances with teeming consumers struggling to gain entry. A petrol attendant who asked not to be named told Nairametrics that the situation is temporary and blamed the proposed strike for the inconvenience.

The scarcity situation was not different in Area 11, Garki. The main Total filling station was blocked on all sides and petrol was not being sold from the pumps at press time. The queues had also extended from the station to NNPC HQ. At Conoil, the situation was not much different and as of 2 pm yesterday, fuel was not being sold at the station.

In response to the situation, the federal government, on Tuesday afternoon, gave an update on fixing the fuel scarcity situation as NNPC GMD, Mr Mele Kyari told reporters that fuel loading had commenced in all depots and tankers would soon arrive at various parts of the city to end the scarcity situation.

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“These queues will go away. It’s because there was an industrial action by petroleum tanker drivers against their employers, the National Association of Road Transport Owners, around their compensation package.

And those issues were not resolved up till yesterday, until we intervened to ensure that there’s an amicable settlement between the parties so that they will have peace and then normal loading operations will commence from the depots.

As I speak to you at this moment, loading has commenced in all depots in the country, dispatches of trucks are ongoing in all the depots in the country and they have called off the strike for a period of one week to enable us intervene and find a solution.” he said.

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Nigerians increasingly using Bitcoin since CBN’s Crypto ban

A growing number of Nigerians are not giving up on the crypto that has outperformed any Nigerian-based financial asset.

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It’s been roughly three months since the Central bank restricted Nigeria’s financial institutions from dealing with anything crypto-related, yet recent data suggests its citizens have increasingly found other alternatives to access the world’s flagship crypto.

Data retrieved from Usefultulips (a Bitcoin analytic data provider) shows that the usage of Bitcoin’s peer to peer trading in Nigeria surged by 27% since the CBN directive took effect about 85 days ago, as Nigerians moved about $103 million worth of Bitcoins on just Paxful and LocalBitcoins channels alone.

Bitcoin recorded gains and its suitability in hedging against inflation, coupled with access to other crypto assets that offer more viable options, seem not to have weakened despite the recent N5/$ rebate scheme introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria to encourage Nigerians in the diaspora to use official channels to remit their funds instead of doing so through Cryptocurrencies.

The world’s most popular crypto has rallied by almost 500% since its latest bull run began at the start of Q4 2020, hitting record highs of almost $65,000 this month before pulling back to $55,000 at the time of drafting this report amid strong institutional purchases sighted in emerged markets.

Some market analysts argue that Nigeria’s apex bank’s hold on the country’s financial system has further complicated transactional processes in Africa’s largest economy because Bitcoin still relies heavily on fiat currencies despite being virtual, from pricing its value to how its ownership is being ascertained. In spite of this, the growing interest in Bitcoin has not weakened.

Adding credence to Nigeria’s grip on Bitcoin includes data collated from Google trends, printing that Africa’s largest crypto market, emerged as the first amongst other countries by a long-distance over its interest in Bitcoin with a perfect score of 100%.

Nigeria’s relatively young educated population coupled with its growing internet adoption and smartphone penetration has facilitated Bitcoin to thrive exponentially amid rising inflation that has eroded the savings of many Nigerians.

The borderless feature of Bitcoin also makes payment effortless for Nigerians in addition to offering outrageously low transaction fees.

To give context, many Nigerian banks charge 1–2.5%. For a $1 million offshore transfer, bank charges may go up to $10,000, but with the flagship crypto, transfer of such amount would not exceed $300, even at peak periods.

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Consequently, a significant number of Nigerians already pay a premium for accessing the crypto market, as data from Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, at the time of writing, posted a rate of N607 to 1 USDT with Nigerian banking channels close to the global crypto ecosystem.

Bottom line

A growing number of Nigerians are not giving up on the crypto that has outperformed any Nigerian-based financial asset. They are thus ready to pay a premium to hold on to Crypto irrespective of the Central Bank’s ban.

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