The contribution of the manufacturing sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product rose to N6.616bn in the third quarter of last year, statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics indicated.
An analysis of the nine month revenue showed that the sector added N2.141bn to the economy in the first quarter; N2.125bn in the second quarter; and N2.35bn in the third quarter.
The figures also showed that the manufacturing sector surpassed the oil and gas industry by N1.93bn during the nine month period.
For instance, while the report, which was obtained on Friday, indicated that the manufacturing sector contributed N6.616bn in the months under review, the oil and gas added N4.677bn to the economy.
However, this is in contrast with the output of the oil and gas industry in 2014, which added N7.574bn, an amount that was N1.093bn higher than the contribution of the manufacturing sector for that year.
The manufacturing activities captured in the data are the oil refinery, cement, food, beverage and tobacco; textile, apparel and footwear; wood and wood products; pulp, paper and paper products; as well as chemical and pharmaceutical products.
Others are the non-metallic products; plastic and rubber products; electrical and electronics; basic metal, iron and steel; motor vehicles and assembly among others.
But the major revenue earners for the sector were given as food, beverage and tobacco, which contributed N3.15bn during the first three quarters of 2015.
It was reported that the exploration of petroleum and natural gas was becoming unprofitable due by the declining price of crude oil in the international market, which was almost equal to the cost of production.
Since the gradual fall in the price of crude oil in the international market from $114 in June 2014 to around $29 per barrel currently, the revenue generation ability of the industry has been in jeopardy.
Despite this gap between the two sectors, the organised private sector lamented that the 2015 financial year was one of the most challenging as difficulties in the business environment. Experts listed some of the problems as insecurity in parts of the country, weak infrastructure, foreign exchange restrictions, funding constraints, policy inconsistency and the quality of regulatory institutions.
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the sector lost about N1.46tn in stalled business activities in the fast moving consumer goods, steel, furniture, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors due to forex shortages.
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria also identified the high cost of credit, poor power supply, high cost of alternative energy and non-availability of local input material as major challenges to the growth of the sector.
It stated, “The average cost of borrowing charged to manufacturers during the period was high and at double digit, which is discouraging to further investment or re-tooling in the manufacturing activities.”
The Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, urged the government to give more attention to refining the petroleum products to improve the performance of the manufacturing sector.
In spite of the poor state of the economy, he said that government should not abandon any of its business-enhancing policies.
“For example, we used to have backward integration programme in Nigeria. The purpose of which is to encourage industries to source raw material from the economy, but the government has abandoned that policy and everyone is importing. Irrespective of the state of the economy, you must be clear about the quality of your policy, the outcome of your policy and stay consistent to your policy.
“The local content law in the oil and gas has positive impact. If in the same vein the government had come up with a policy that will promote forward integration in the oil and gas, the output from that sector and its contribution to the GDP would have been significant. Years back, if we had embraced a policy of refining our crude oil, it would have expanded and created more employment than what we have now. It would have saved foreign exchange and earned more for us.”
Otedola Moves to Sell Part of Geregu Power Plc to FEDA
Afreximbank to acquire part of Geregu Power plant
Billionaire Femi Otedola-owned energy company, Geregu Power Plc is in talks with the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) for the acquisition of part of the energy company.
The company stated in a statement signed by Akinleye Olagbende, Company Secretary and made available on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).
Geregu Power hereby notifies “Nigerian Exchange Limited (the Exchange) and the investing public of its discussions with the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) for the acquisition of a portion of Geregu Power Plc shares. FEDA is the impact development arm of the Africa Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank),” the company stated.
According to the energy firm, talks are presently ongoing and “where these talks progress to a more advanced stage, the company will notify the Exchange and the investing public in line with the rules of the Exchange.”
In October, Geregu Power listed 2.5 billion shares at N100 a unit on the Main Board of the NGX. This puts the company’s market value at N250 billion and also in a better position it to raise capital to bid for Geregu II as it is presently doing.
Speaking on the listing, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Mr. Femi Otedola, CON, said “the listing of the company was the actualization of a vision to bring world-class standards in governance sustainability, and business processes to the Company and the Nigerian electricity sector.”
He added that “listing on the Main Board of the Exchange will ensure that the long-term growth of the company is assured and its benefits will be passed on to our esteemed shareholders”.
Otedola is the largest shareholder in FirstBank and also holds a 99% stake in Amperion Power, the owner of the Geregu Power Plant.
Access Bank Acquires Indirect Stake in Sigma Pensions
Access Holdings on Friday announced it has completed the acquisition of an indirect equity stake in Sigma and the merger of its subsidiary, First Guarantee Pension Limited (FGPL) with Sigma.
According to the bank, following the sanction of the Scheme of Merger between Sigma and FGPL by the Federal High Court on December 1, 2022, FGPL has been dissolved without winding up leaving Sigma as the surviving entity, according to Access Holdings.
Commenting on the transaction, Dr Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive of the Corporation, said “Following the successful completion of the merger, our plan is to leverage the synergies of these entities, as well as the Corporation’s expansive distribution network, strong risk management culture and best-in-class governance standards to create a formidable pension funds administration business.”
Dangote Group Dismisses Rumours of Plan to Rise Cement Price
Dangote Cement says no price increase
Africa’s leading cement producer, Dangote Cement Plc has dismissed the rumor that it plans to increase the price of its products.
The clarification became necessary following a recent publication that Dangote Cement plans a fresh increase.
Recently, there has been some publication (Not Investors King) about a potential increase in the price of cement. The publications noted that the increase will be a result of the high cost of fuel among other prevailing issues.
According to the Senior Manager, branding and communication, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Sunday Esan, “Dangote Cement is not embarking on a price increase”, stating that the increase is mere speculation.
Meanwhile, Dangote Cement in the third quarter of 2022, recorded an increase in the overall volume of cement sales by 6.2 percent to 20.8 metric tons in the third quarter of 2022.
According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michel Puchercos, this was achieved, despite the elevated inflation caused by a very volatile global environment.
Similarly, while speaking on the increase in the price of fuel, Puchercos said “to mitigate the impact of the significant increase in energy and AGO costs, we are strengthening our efforts to ramp up the usage of alternative fuels”.
“We are on track to commission our Alternative Fuel feed system at Obajana lines I and V, and Ibese line II in November. In addition, we are ramping up our investment in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), to reduce our AGO usage,” he added.
Investors King understands that Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 51.6Mta capacity across Africa. Although it has a few competitors which include BUA Cement, the company supplies most parts of Nigeria.
In addition, Dangote Cement has operations in 10 African countries.
Its production plant in Obajana, Kogi state, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines while the Ibese plant in Ogun state has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta.
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