Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc said it has increased its reliance on local raw materials as part of efforts to overcome the challenges posed by the shortage of dollar supply in the country.
The country’s biggest miller by market value also said manufacturers in the country are finding profits under pressure as a result of macroeconomic headwinds.
Generally, he said the year had seen a confluence of adverse conditions, including dwindling oil prices, capital flights, forex scarcity, higher interest rates, power failures, congestion issues, gas and fuel shortages, security threats, among others.
“Taken together, these factors have contributed to a perfect storm that blindsided many other Nigerian businesses, especially those who had not taken the necessary precaution. Whereas much of the sector was brought to its knees this past year, Flour Mills Nigeria has been able to navigate through these troubled times increasing market share and streamlining its cost structure,” he added.
Coumantaros said the manufacturing industry was grappling with monumental challenges including a deteriorating road network, inadequate power supply, worsening security concerns and unrest in the North-eastern part of the country.
“The challenge ahead will be to continue mitigating the effects of our operations of external factors beyond our control and to take matters into our own hands as much as possible. We have just started reaping the benefits of our agro-allied strategy which has afforded us a degree of freedom not available to our competition, who do not have the benefits of a local engine of growth,” he said.
Flour Mills’ results for the year ended 31st March 2016 showed that the group recorded 49 per cent in its profit before tax from N7.7billion to N11.5billion. Also, the group profit after tax climbed to N14.4billion, representing an increase by 71.4 per cent, compared with the N8.4 billion realised in 2015. Furthermore, the group revenue grew by 11 per cent from its 2015 figures of N308billion to N342billion in the year under review.
However, the company posted revenue of N248billion, which represented a growth of eight per cent over the N230billion realised last year.
The Group Managing Director of Flour Mills, Mr. Paul Gbededo, noted that in spite of the strong economic headwinds and tough business environment, devaluation of the naira and unrest in the North-eastern region of the country, the Flour Mills Group had an inspiring year.
FG Installs And Commissions N8 Billion Cargo Scanners at Lagos Port
The federal government has finally put the N8 billion non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment, also known as cargo scanners, at the Apapa Port complex after receiving widespread condemnation and criticism for continuing 100% cargo examination despite the purchase of cargo scanners.
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) officers are suspected of sabotaging the scanners, which have been abandoned at the country’s seaports for more than a year. Yesterday, the scanners were officially launched by Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget, and national planning.
Speaking at the commissioning of the three new scanners, Ahmed thanked the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approving the purchase, installation, and training of 120 service officers as well as the approval of the scanners.
However, she asserted that the project would undoubtedly help the NCS carry out its mandates, in keeping with the Administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s top priorities of eradicating poverty and fostering favorable macroeconomic conditions for long-term growth and development.
She asserts that the scanner has the ability to find illegal imports concealed in cargoes and that it allows for the scanning of more cargoes while achieving the desired efficiency and effectiveness in the cargo examination procedures.
“The commissioning of these three non-intrusive scanners is in line with efforts to expedite Customs operations and achieve its mandate of ease of doing business, trade facilitation and preventing port congestion.”
“These three scanners will help increase revenue for government and improve national security. It will also help enhance the remote audit trail of goods within the port system,” she said.
She implored the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), port terminal operators and all stakeholders in the port to cooperate with NCS to take full advantage of the scanners, saying the equipment have the capacity to process up to 500 containers in a day.
Earlier, the Comptroller General Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), explained that the scanners commissioned were an intervention pending the start of the Customs modernisation project, which will deploy 135 scanners.
Ali stated that by 2023, scanners would be installed throughout Nigeria as part of the current administration’s reform strategy.
Nigeria, China to Collaborate on Movie Production
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jinachun, has called for a collaboration between the Nigerian movie industry and China film industry.
The Chinese Ambassador who made the statement at the opening of the Fourth Asian Film Festival and movie screening in Abuja noted that such would promote harmony, peace and unity between both countries.
According to the ambassador, Nigeria is important to Africa and the Nollywood movie industry had taken the lead with a huge potential of driving a movie partnership between Africa and Asia.
Investors King understands that this is not the first time both countries will call for such collaboration.
Envoys from both countries have hinted at a possible collaboration in that regard.
In July 2022, the Nigerian Consul General in China, H. E. Chimezie Okeoma Ogu sought a partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the government of the People’s Republic of China in the areas of film production.
Chimezie positioned that such collaboration will not only enhance the relationship, it will also give room to knowledge transfer and provision of hi-tech resolution equipment in the African entertainment industry.
The Consular added that Nigeria stands to benefit a lot from the partnership noting that the movie industry in Nigeria is rated as the third-largest globally, accounting for five percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP).
Similarly, speaking during the opening of the Fourth Asian Film Festival and movie screening yesterday, the Chinese Ambassador also reiterated the benefits of the partnership.
“You know in Asia we have 47 countries, in the African continent we have 54 countries, so we can work together to produce films for the harmony of the people, society and the nations,” he said.
Speaking further, he added that Nigeria can take the lead owing to the large nature of the Nollywood industry.
“Nigeria particularly leads in producing in the film industry, so I think this kind of factor will give a big push and big momentum to develop Nollywood” he concluded.
SPAR Nigeria Begins Black Friday Sales
SPAR to begin Black Friday sales on Friday, November 25, 2022
SPAR Market, Nigeria’s leading supermarket and department store, has announced that its annual Black Friday Sales will begin on Friday, November 25, 2022.
The company said in a statement that it expects this to be one of its biggest Black Friday events ever, thanks to the appointment of Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham as its Black Friday ambassador.
“This year, SPAR offers massive offers up to 70% off in electronics, home appliances, mobile phones, computers, wines and spirits, groceries, clothing, watches, furniture, and more,” it said.
“Spar market has also organised several engaging games for their customers to win amazing prizes at all their stores nationwide.”
The SPAR license for Nigeria was granted to the Artee Group, a leading retail operator in Lagos, in 2009. SPAR’s presence in Nigeria has grown steadily over the years. The partner assessed the market potential and developed the brand through a combination of new build and conversion stores, establishing brand recognition among shoppers and local entrepreneurs capable of supplying local products to this organized retail network.
SPAR is the world’s largest voluntary food retail chain. The company began with a single Dutch store in 1932 and has since expanded to over 13,600 locations in 48 countries across four continents. SPAR’s growth has been supported by a set of values that have guided the organization since its inception 90 years ago. At the heart of these core values is the commitment of SPAR independent entrepreneurs to collaborate in all areas of wholesale and retail to ensure we serve our local communities with passion while being authentic in everything we do.
The story of SPAR in its early years is the story of its founder, Adriaan van Well, an innovative Dutch wholesaler with a clear vision for SPAR’s future. He was inspired by a simple yet powerful philosophy based on the concept of voluntary retailing: independent wholesalers and retailers can achieve more by working together than by working alone. SPAR’s philosophy today is based on the vision of benefiting from collaboration by pooling resources and scale.
Investors King will keep you updated on future Black Friday sales.
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