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‘Consumers’ Spending During Christmas Pushed Inflation Rate to 11.44%’



  • ‘Consumers’ Spending During Christmas Pushed Inflation Rate to 11.44%’

The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday said the Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, increased to 11.44 per cent (year-on-year) in December from 11.28 per cent in the preceding month.

The 0.16 percentage points increase, the NBS explained, was caused by an increase in price in all the divisions that constitute the headline index.

On a month-on-month basis, the bureau said headline index increased by 0.74 per cent in December, up by 0.06 per cent points from the 0.80 per cent recorded in November.

The report read in part, “The consumer price index, which measures inflation, increased by 11.44 per cent year-on-year in December 2018.

“This is 0.16 per cent points higher than the rate recorded in November 2018 (11.28 per cent).”

The report said the urban inflation rate increased by 11.73 per cent year-on-year in December from 11.61 per cent in November.

For rural inflation rate, the NBS said this rose by 11.18 per cent in December from 10.99 per cent in November.

On a month-on-month basis, the report said urban index rose by 0.76 per cent in December, down by 0.07 from 0.83 per cent in November, while the rural index also rose by 0.72 per cent in December, down by 0.06 per cent from the rate recorded in November, which was 0.78 per cent.

The increase in inflation rate, according to experts, can be attributed to consumers’ spending during the 2018 Christmas season.

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, had earlier said that Nigeria’s inflation rate was expected to rise to about 11.4 per cent from December to mid-2019.

He stated, “Inflation expectations are rising on the backdrop of anticipated politically related liquidity injections. For the rest of 2018 and towards mid-2019, Nigeria’s rate of inflation is projected to rise slightly to about 11.4 per cent and then moderate thereafter.”

According to a research by the FSDH Merchant Bank Limited on inflation rate for the period under review, the expected increase in the inflation rate will reflect higher price increases within the food and non-alcoholic beverages division and other non-food items, due to end-of-year and festivity purchases.

However, it noted, that the World Bank had hinted about a possible increase in food prices in 2019 because of severe weather conditions, saying this might accelerate the inflation rate in 2019 in Nigeria.

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Inflation and Forex Mismanagement Drive Petrol Truck Prices from N7M to N25M



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The Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in the Satellite Depot branch, Akin Akinrinade, has raised an alarm over the rising cost of petrol trucks in Nigeria.

According to Akinrinade, the cost of a petrol truck has surged from N7 million in May to an astonishing N25 million at present, attributed to inflation induced by poorly managed foreign exchange rates.

Akinrinade pointed out that the forex mismanagement has significantly impacted the landing cost of premium motor spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol, consequently leading to a surge in pump prices.

The unstable business environment, coupled with the astronomical rise in expenses, has created challenges for marketers in the downstream oil sector.

Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), highlighted in October 2023 that foreign exchange challenges have hindered private companies from importing petroleum products.

As a result, the NNPCL has become the exclusive importer of petrol.

The decision to limit private entities from importing fuel comes after President Bola Tinubu’s initiatives aimed at deregulating the fuel market.

Initially, the plan was to allow private companies to import fuel starting June 2023, aligning with efforts to balance the market after removing petrol subsidies.

The ripple effects of the soaring petrol costs are already evident, with commercial transporters increasing fares, and private car owners seeking fuel-saving alternatives.

As Christmas approaches, the surge in demand for interstate travel is expected to further elevate costs, posing financial challenges for many Nigerians amidst stagnant income levels.

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Nigeria’s Presidential CNG Initiative Allocates N100bn for CNG Buses and EV Adoption




The Presidential Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Initiative has allocated N100 billion to expedite the deployment of CNG buses nationwide, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

The initiative, designed to catalyze an Auto-gas and Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution in mass transit and transportation, aims to enhance sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

The statement revealed that the fund would be instrumental in supporting the adoption of auto-gas and electric vehicles, signaling a commitment to a more sustainable and economical future in the transportation sector.

The Presidential CNG Initiative plans to leverage over 11,500 CNG and electric-fueled vehicles, along with the deployment of 55,000 conversion kits.

This strategic approach is intended to reduce transportation costs for Nigerians and mitigate the challenges posed by the rising cost of living.

Under the Renewed Hope Agenda, the Presidential CNG Initiative is dedicated to realizing the President’s vision, guided by its steering committee led by FIRS Chairman Zacch Adedeji.

The statement highlighted recent achievements, including strategic technical partnerships and the ongoing commissioning of CNG Conversion centers in key states such as Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Ogun, and Rivers.

Several more centers are slated for commissioning in the coming weeks, reflecting the initiative’s momentum and commitment to achieving its objectives.

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Nigeria’s Power Transformation: 53 Projects Worth N122bn on Track for May 2024 Completion



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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and power distribution companies, is set to complete 53 power projects by May next year.

Valued at N122 billion, these projects aim to add over 1,000 megawatts to TCN’s wheeling capacity.

During a recent tour of three ongoing projects in Lagos, TCN’s Programme Coordinator, Mathew Ajibade, assured that the projects were not abandoned, refuting speculations.

He confirmed that work is progressing smoothly and is expected to be completed by May 2024, as initially planned.

Assistant Director/Head of Infrastructure Finance Office at the CBN, Tumba Tijani, highlighted the CBN’s support for the power sector, revealing that the bank released a loan at a 9% interest rate in August last year for the projects.

The funding, part of the Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility-3, amounts to N122,289,344 and aims to address transmission/distribution bottlenecks, enhance supply to end-users, and unlock unutilized generation capacity.

Tijani disclosed that N85.43 billion has been disbursed into the Advance Payment Guarantee account of the 53 contractors responsible for executing the projects.

The comprehensive project list includes the delivery of power transformers, re-conductoring existing transmission lines, upgrading existing substations, and constructing 33KV line bays.

The initiative reflects a concerted effort to enhance Nigeria’s power infrastructure and meet growing energy demands.

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