One of the world’s largest producers of phosphate based fertilizer, Morocco’s OCP Group, has announced that it expects the ammonia plant in Nigeria and the fertilizer plant in Ghana to be operational by 2024.
This forms part of the expansion strategy of the group into the Sub-Saharan Africa in recent years, thereby boosting its investments.
According to the company’s Chief Growth Officer, Soufiyane El Kassi, the two plants will be adding 2 million tonnes a year to its global capacity, with each of the plants having a capacity of 1 million tonnes a year. This is part of OCP’s push to step up investment of phosphate based fertilizers in Africa.
The $1.3 billion Nigerian plant when operational is expected to export ammonia to OCP Morocco plant in Jorf Lasfar, while the Morocco firm would supply phosphoric acid to make the fertilizer.
OCP had already announced plans to start operating a 2.5 million tonnes a year fertilizer plant in Ethiopia by 2023 or 2024 with phosphoric acid supplied from Morocco and output for both the domestic and international markets.
The group also have started building multi-million dollar blending plants in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana and Rwanda to customize fertilizers to the requirements of different soils.
OCP which already supplies more than 90% of Nigerian fertilizer demand, signed a protocol agreement in June 2018 to build the plant with Nigeria’s Sovereign Investment Authority. The Group aims to boost fertilizer supply to Nigeria from I million tonnes a year to 3 million tonnes a year in the next 5 years.
This will be a huge boost to Nigeria’s plan to become self-sufficient in fertilizer production. Nigeria, which relies heavily on imported fertilizers to meet 80% of its national demand, expects to be transformed from a net importer of fertilizer to a major producer and exporter.
This will also help boost Nigeria’s efforts to attain self-sufficiency in food production in the country.
The OCP Group in 2019, supplied 58% of the total fertilizers sold on the African continent with 1.8 million tonnes, just as its exports hit 9 million tonnes. However, low international prices, caused a 3% drop in revenue to $5.5 billion in 2019 for the group.
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 27th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
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 62,224 confirmed cases.
On the 27th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,326 samples across the country.
To date, 62,224 cases have been confirmed, 57,916 cases have been discharged and 1,135 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 614,480 tests have been carried out as of October 27th, 2020 compared to 612,154 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 27th October 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 62,224
- Total Number Discharged – 57,916
- Total Deaths – 1,1135
- Total Tests Carried out – 614,480
According to the NCDC, the 113 new cases were reported from 12 states- Lagos (51), FCT (15), Plateau (11), Kaduna (8), Oyo (8), Rivers (8), Ogun (4), Edo (2), Imo (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,935, followed by Abuja (6,008), Plateau (3,614), Oyo (3,433), Rivers (2,781), Edo (2,654), Kaduna (2,625), Ogun (2,014), Delta (1,813), Kano (1,743), Ondo (1,666), Enugu (1,314), Kwara (1,069), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (952), Osun (923), Abia (898), Gombe (883). Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).
Imo State has recorded 616 cases, Benue (486), Nasarawa (479), Bayelsa (403), Ekiti (332), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (165), Taraba (140), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
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.
Oyo sets up N500 Million fund each for youth entrepreneurs, compensation for victims of police brutality
Governor Seyi Makinde plans to disburse N500 million fund to youth entrepreneurs in Oyo state.
Oyo State Government has directed that a N500 million MSME fund be set up to fund youth entrepreneurs in the State with bright business ideas
VP Osinbajo leads Committee to address unemployment, poverty among others
The National Economic Council (NEC) is ready to address the concerns of youths and Nigerians at large.
After over four hours of deliberations at the emergency meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), a Committee was set up to meet the needs and demands of Nigerian youths behind the #EndSARS protests. The head of the Committee is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
This information is contained in the circular issued by the National Economic Council and shared by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant-Media & Publicity to the Vice President.
According to Akande, the Joint Committee was consequently set up by Osinbajo, SAN, to work with State governments represented by the Governors of Ebonyi, Ondo, Niger, Delta, Borno and the Sokoto States to implement the resolutions of the emergency meeting.
The National Executive Council during the meeting affirmed an unequivocal belief and assurance that most members of the nation’s security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.
After over 4 hours of deliberations:
NEC SETS UP COMMITTEE TO ENGAGE YOUTHS, OTHERS ON EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SAFETY NETS & NATIONAL UNITY
*COMMENDS NIGERIAN POLICE, SECURITY AGENCIES ON HANDLING OF DISTURBANCES IN SOME STATES
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) October 26, 2020
What you should know
The Joint Committee set-up by the NEC, to see to the implementation of the following frameworks and the given objectives:
• Framing of a new security and stability architecture for the country.
• A framework of engagement with the youths, civil society, and religious leaders, in a bid to promote national unity.
• A framework to engage with security agencies that will devolve more control to State governors who are the chief security officers of their states.
• A framework for the Federal Government to provide compensation for those who have incurred losses in the last few weeks.
• A social security framework for the youths and Nigerians to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.