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Petrol sells at lowest price in North East Nigeria – NBS 

The latest price watch report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Premium Motor Spirit (popularly known as Petrol) sells at the lowest price in North-East Nigeria in July 2019.

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The latest price watch report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Premium Motor Spirit (popularly known as Petrol) sold at the lowest price in North-East Nigeria in July 2019.

Meanwhile, the NBS report shows that states with the lowest average price of Petrol in July 2019 include Abuja (N143.00), Kogi (N143.00) and Katsina (N142.50).

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Further breakdown: Across all states, the NBS report shows that the price of petrol declined by 0.2% on a month-on-month basis.  Specifically, the average pump price paid by consumers for petrol decreased to N145 in June 2019, up from N145.5 in the previous month.

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At the state level, petrol was sold at different pump prices in July. Out of all the 36 states in the country, the consumers in Kwara, Ondo, and Ebonyi paid the highest pump prices for petrol at an average of N146.67, N146.47, and N146.43 respectively.

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Across the six geopolitical zones, consumers in the South-East region of Nigeria paid the highest average price of N145.82 in July.

Meanwhile, the South-South zone ranks second with the highest average petrol price of N145.31.

The remaining zones are ranked in this order – South West (₦145.16) North Central (₦144.85), North West (₦144.69) and North East (₦145.11).

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Essentially, the variation in the price of petrol in the North-Eastern states may be traceable to low demand for the commodity in the region. According to the latest NBS report on Petrol import and distribution, Yobe, Bauchi and Taraba received one of the lowest volumes of Petrol across the country. As reported in some states, the demand for petrol usage is considerably low compared to others, and this may have slightly affected the price of the product.

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Impacts on key agents: A slight reduction in the average pump price of petrol in the affected states means businesses and individuals who use the product as intermediate and finished goods enjoyed a slight rise in purchasing power – paying less to get more of the product.

  • For businesses, it means a reduction in the cost of production which may positively impact their revenue and eventually transit into a slight reduction in the price for goods and services produced.
  • Overall, sales of the product may improve, and by extension, this means good business for investors in the sector.

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Real Estate and Construction

Nigerian Real Estate and COVID in 19 Slides

Validate investment cases and focus energies on property sectors that are more resistant to shocks.

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Nigeria is rapidly approaching an economic crisis as the COVID-19 global pandemic has put the world on lockdown and sent Brent crude oil prices to a 20-year low. Spurred by lower global demand and reliance on oil exports for 90% of its foreign exchange income, Nigeria’s economy and her fragile currency are being pushed to their breaking point.

In this report, we will focus on the impact this pandemic will have on the real estate market in Nigeria. So far, key themes include mass concessions, re-negotiation and restructuring activity, slowed decision making, stretched out project deliveries due to the lockdown and more. After outlining the potential property sector losers, hospitality and retail most especially, alongside potential winners (industrial and healthcare), we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual property sectors and the direction of rentals, capital markets and more.

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Within this uncertain environment, we recommend that market participants including asset owners, real estate service providers and others stress test their businesses at varying levels of reduced income, use the downtime for market research to validate investment cases and focus energies on property sectors that are more resistant to shocks.

Download the report through the link in the header.

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Appointments

IMF appoints Ceda Ogada as new director and secretary of the fund 

Before joining the IMF, Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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The International Monetary fund (IMF) has announced the appointment of Mr. Ceda Ogada as the Secretary of the Fund and Director of the Secretary’s Department with effect from September 1, 2020, following the retirement of the former Secretary, Mr Jianhai Lin. 

This was disclosed in a press statement by IMF on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 

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While making the announcement, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said, Ceda has outstanding institutional knowledge, strategic and intellectual heft, and people leadership. His unparalleled ability to bring people together, combined with his profound appreciation of the Fund’s institutional history and legal principles, as well as a strong service orientation, will help the Fund to even more effectively serve our member countries in a very challenging economic environment.” 

Mr. Ogada joined the IMF’s Legal Department in 1999 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy General Counsel in 2014. During this time, he has worked on virtually all aspects of the Fund’s work, including advising on the governance of the Fund, on country operations, helping to develop Fund policies and implementation guidance, and providing technical assistance to member countries.  

According to the statement, ‘’Some of the key projects that he has worked on include the Fund’s enhanced policy to address governance and corruption issues, ensuring the adequacy of the Fund’s lending resources, reforms in lending policy such as the establishment of the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) and the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), reviews on surveillance policy and capacity development strategy and transparency, archives and communications policies.’ 

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The new Secretary of the fund was heavily involved in the work on euro area crisis countries during the global financial crisis. Recently, he has led the Legal Department in promoting good governance and transparency in several countries, together with the use of emergency financing for the COVID-19 crisis. 

Before he joined IMF, Mr. Ogada worked at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as a legal expert and also before that he was in private legal practice in the United States. He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College. Mr. Ogada is a citizen of Kenya. 

 

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Economy & Politics

Just in: Suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, finally released from detention

Magu’s lawyer confirmed his release from the custody of the DSS.

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The suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has been released from police custody after about 10 days in detention.

According to a monitored report, this was confirmed by his lawyer, Tosin Ojaomo, who said that the EFCC boss is no longer under custody.

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The suspended EFCC boss was invited by the presidential probe panel headed by Ayo Salami, a retired President of the Appeal Court to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on July 6 over allegations bordering on corruption and financial misconduct.

He was later moved to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police in Abuja where he has since been detained.

Just earlier today, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, asked Magu, to direct his bail application to the presidential probe panel.

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This was in response to a request by Mr Oluwatosin Ojaomo, Magu’s legal representative, who asked the IGP to grant bail to his client on self-recognisance after the suspended EFCC chief had spent four days in custody.

But in a letter dated July 14, 2020, and addressed to Mr Ojaomo, the IGP said the police force is not investigating and detaining Magu, so, it cannot grant the bail request.

It also advised the lawyer to redirect his request to the chairman of the presidential probe panel for appropriate action.

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