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Okomu Oil’s MD says illegal palm oil importation is a serious threat

The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Dr. Graham Hefer has disclosed that about 103,000 tons of palm oil products were illegally imported into the country from Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019.

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Revamping Nigeria's Oil Palm production, catalyst to diversification

The Managing Director of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, Dr. Graham Hefer has disclosed that about 103,000 tons of palm oil products were illegally imported into the country from Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019.

According to him, despite the fact that palm oil is among the list of 41 items prohibited by the Central Bank of Nigeria from accessing foreign exchange (forex) via the official window market, the illegal importation of the commodity has continued to threaten the sector.

Furthermore, Mr Hefer explained that records from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board have shown that Nigerian importers have been besieging Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the importation of crude palm oil and olein into the Nigerian market.

he further explained that the 103,000 tons of palm products that were imported into Nigeria in Q1 2019 constitute about four times the size of palm oil products that were illegally imported in 2018.

The Negative Implications: Mr Hefer stated that it takes about N50 million to set up a palm oil refinery. Unfortunately, the illegal activities of palm oil importers are scaring away potential investors from the sector.

He also emphasised that the growth of local industries in the oil palm sector has been doomed, due to heavy importation of foreign brands. This is because imported brands crash the price of palm oil in the local market, thereby putting investments at risk.

The Solutions: Hefer lamented that the Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria lacked the government’s incentives and programmes to further promote palm oil farming and production in the country.

“Right now, there is no financial credit, technological support and other assistance from government and its agencies for our members that have injected billions of U.S. dollars into the industry, Whereas the cost of establishing a petroleum refinery is estimated at $500 billion, while a mere N50 million can be used to set up a palm oil refinery that can be replicated across the oil palm belt of Nigeria.”

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He also advocated that beyond merely banning the importation of palm oil into the country, the Government should also ensure strict compliance and enforcement at the borders the same way it currently does for crude oil.

Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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    Here is the exciting 2021 list of the richest football clubs in the world  

    Here’s Forbes 2021 list of the most valuable clubs in the world. 

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    Here Is The Exciting 2021 List Of The Richest Football Clubs In The World 

    Billionaires are fond of investing in sports franchises. This is because there is a lot of money in it and the income stream is pretty consistent. Authoritative wealth watch magazine, Forbes yesterday released its official list of the most valuable clubs in the world.

    It also gave a summary of the business side of the football world which we found quite interesting.

    Nairametrics did a thorough review of the list and highlighted the parts which we believe will resonate well with our readers. Let’s get to it!

    Top 10 richest clubs in 2021 by value 


    Tottenham (2.3bn)

    Tottenham hotspur comes in at the 10th position with a valuation of $2.3bn. The English club is owned by Joseph Lewis and Daniel Levy. They generated $494m last year.


    PSG (2.5bn)

    Paris St Germaine comes in at 9th position with a valuation of $2.5bn. The French league 1 giants generated more money than arsenal last year. They generated $599m. PSG is owned by an investment group, Qatar Sports Investments.


    Arsenal (2.8bn) 

    Arsenal football club, another London side club comes in at 8th position with a valuation of $2.8bn. The club is solely owned by Stan Kroenke, an American Businessman who invests in sports and media. Arsenal generated $430m in 2020 making it the 8th most valuable club.


    Chelsea (3.2bn)

    Chelsea football club comes in 7th on the list with a valuation of $3.2bn. The London side club has retained its longstanding owner Roman Abramovich, a Russian Oligarch. Chelsea generated $520m last year.


    Manchester City (4bn) 

    Manchester City, an English club with a long history of billionaire owners comes in at 6th position. The very successful English club generated total revenue of $609m last year. The club is valued at $4bn and is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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    Liverpool (4.1bn) 

    Liverpool comes in 5th at a $4.1bn valuation. The English club is the second wealthiest in England with a generated revenue of $619m. The club is owned by a joint partnership between Billionaire, John Henry and Tom Werner.


    Manchester United (4.2bn)

    Manchester United is the wealthiest English club on the list. The club is valued at $4.2bn, taking up the 4th position on the list. The club has been owned by a Jewish business family, the Glaziers for years. They are the largest shareholders and practically own the club. They generated $643m last year.


    Bayern Munchen (4.215bn)

    Bayern Munchen comes in at the third position with a value of $4.215bn. The German giants have bossed the German league for years. They generated $703m last year, coming in at the 3rd position.


    Real Madrid (4.75bn)

    Real Madrid Fc comes in at the second position. The football club which had previously dominated this list was edged out by bitter rivals, Barcelona. Real Madrid is valued at $4.75bn and the club is also owned by the club members. Real Madrid generated $729m, the same amount of revenue as Barcelona last year.


    FC Barcelona (4.76bn)

    Fc Barcelona is the most valuable football club in 2021 with a market value of $4.7bn. The club sits gallantly in the first position.

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    The Spanish giants generated a massive $792m in revenue last year and succeeded in holding on to their key player Lionel Messi. They also edged out Real Madrid and Man Utd who have dominated this list for 16 years. FC Barcelona is owned by the club supporters. It has no major shareholder or billionaire financier. The club has over 160,000 members forming its governing body.


     

    What you should know 

    • 6 of the 10 richest clubs in the world are owned by billionaires; the rest are owned by club members and an investment group.
    • In the last 16 years, the world’s richest football clubs list has been topped by only two clubs – Real Madrid and Manchester United.
    • Football clubs generate revenues through advertisements, sponsorship deals, jersey deals and ticket sales. These are the 4 major revenue streams of a football club.
    • The top 3 teams on the list – Fc Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen generated a combined revenue of $2.3bn in 2020.

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    UBA Business Series to equip SMEs with Performance Management Strategies for Organisational Growth

    UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving.

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    As part of its commitment to support the growth and sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (MSME) in the continent, Pan African financial Institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, is set to organise the next edition of its UBA Business Series.

    The UBA Business Series which is a monthly event, is an MSME Workshop as well as a capacity-building initiative of the bank where business leaders and professionals share well-researched insights on best practices for running successful businesses, especially in the face of the difficult operating environment that dominates the African business landscape.

    Through this initiative, UBA has been assisting with essential tips to help businesses re-examine their models and strategies and ensure that they stay afloat and remain thriving.

    The topic for the next edition of the series is ‘ Managing Performance for Business Growth,’ and it will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, via Microsoft Teams. At this session, the Managing Director, Secure ID Limited, Mrs Kofo Akinkugbe, will be sharing useful tips and insights on the key strategies of performance management to boost business growth.

    Akinkugbe is the founder of SecureID Nigeria, a MasterCard, VISA and Verve certified Smartcard Personalization Bureau and Digital Technology company. She currently serves as the Managing Director/CEO, Secure Card Manufacturing, – a Smartcard manufacturing plant producing high-security identity cards and documents for the Banking, Telecoms and Public sectors across Africa and beyond.

    The capacity-building event is a virtual session which is open to all – including business owners and leaders – and will be held on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, at 2pm WAT. Interested participants can register via http://bit.ly/UBASMEWorkshopMarch2021

    UBA’s Head, SME Banking, Sampson Aneke said of Akinkugbe, ‘with her vast experience garnered over the years from various sectors, she will help business owners understand how performance management strategies can be effectively implemented to ensure business growth’.

    He emphasised UBA’s commitment and deep passion for small businesses, which according to him, remains the engine of any developing economy adding, “We know small businesses are the backbone of the economy in every country. In many climes, businesses with fewer than 100 employees account for 98.2% of all businesses. This no doubt captures the importance of SMEs to a thriving economy which is why UBA is committed to seeing them flourish.”

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