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Again, UBA Reduces International Spending Limit on Naira Card as Forex Scarcity Persists

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UBA Reduces International Spending Limit on Naira Card to $100

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has once again reduced the international spending limit on its Naira card as the lender grabbles with low forex liquidity.

UBA reduced its international spending limit on Naira card from $500 announced in May during the peak of COVID-19 to $100 on August 21, 2020.

The lender attributed the decision to the uncertainties in the foreign exchange market. It would be recalled that the central bank had suspended sales of forex to the bureau de change operators and devalued the Naira by 15 percent to N360 to a US dollar before finally adjusting it to N379 per US dollar to further ease pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves and curb the growing demand for forex by investors looking to move funds out of the country.

These changes in economic fundamentals impacted banks’ operations as they also struggle to access forex from the apex bank and mainly rely on forex deposits from a few customers.

This is coming two weeks after GTBank announced it has capped international spending limit on its Naira MasterCard to $100 per month from the previous $500.

In an email forwarded to all customers, UBA said “in light of the uncertainties in the foreign exchange market, we have had to review international card spending limits.”

“The new applicable limit on your Naira card is $100 (or its equivalent in other foreign currencies) monthly effective tomorrow August 21, 2020. Whilst we note this significant reduction from your previous spend limit, we would like to reassure that this limit will be revised upwards as the market uncertainties improve.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to thank you for your understanding at this time.”

Weak foreign reserves amid low oil prices and weak demand continue to dictate Nigeria’s economic outlook, especially given that it is an import-dependent economy.

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CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Exporters Say CBN Pre-export Requirements is Frustrating Export of Goods

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Exporters Say CBN Pre-export Requirements is Frustrating Export of Goods

Exporters have said the recently introduced pre-export requirements by the Central Bank of Nigeria is creating unnecessary bottlenecks for exporters and the movement of goods out of the country.

Exporters, who spoke under the aegis of the Network of Practicing Non-oil Exporters of Nigeria (NPNEN), said the electronic Nigeria Export Proceed Form now required by financial institutions from exporters had come with so many challenges.

Ahmed Rabiu, the President, NPNEN, explained that the new policy had several requirements that often led to delays and loss of income on the part of exporters.

He said, “We acknowledge the CBN’s desire to ensure that all exports out of Nigeria are documented in order to ensure that the proceeds of such exports are repatriated.

“However, the reality on the field shows that the process is causing undue delays and consequently, encouraging corruption.

According to them, in the new pre-export requirements, the Central Bank of Nigeria wants an export transaction to be initiated through eNXP processing on the trade monitoring system.

After which exporters are expected to have a pre-shipment inspection agent, the Nigeria Customs Service and other designated government agencies carry out their pre-export inspections.

The exporters said the pre-shipment inspection agent was expected to issue a clean Certificate of Inspection while Customs would issue the Single Good Declaration. All these they said takes time and delay goods from leaving the country on time.

Pointing to a recent report, they said about N868 billion worth of goods bound for export were stuck at the ports due to the new policy.

Speaking further Rabiu said, “For example, for the PIA to issue the CCI, the exporter is required to upload a certificate of origin as one of the supporting documents for the eNXP.

“The PIA is also required to upload the CCI to the TRMS(M) and until this is done, the Customs service will not issue the Single Good Declaration.”

He added, “After issuing the SGD, the customs is further required to upload it into the TRMS before the goods are allowed to be gated into the port and loaded on the vessel by the shipping line.

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Ardova Plc in Talks to Acquire Enyo Retail and Supply Limited

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Ardova Plc in Talks to Acquire Enyo Retail and Supply Limited

Ardova Plc, Nigeria’s leading integrated energy company, has commenced discussions to acquire Enyo Retail and Supply Limited.

According to the statement issued and signed by Oladehinde Nelson-Cole, Ag. Company Secretary/General Counsel, Ardova Plc, Enyo is one of the newest and fastest-growing retail and supply companies in the downstream sector.

It stated, “This announcement is pursuant to the acceptance in principle of AP’s offer and acquisition framework by the shareholders of Enyo, it is subject to the successful completion of a due diligence exercise and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.”

“This announcement is pursuant to the acceptance in principle of AP’s offer and acquisition framework by the shareholders of Enyo, it is subject to the successful completion of a due diligence exercise and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

Speaking on the yet to be completed deal, Mr. Olumide Adeosun, CEO, Ardova Plc, said upon completion, Ardova will retain the Enyo branded stations which will operate side by side with the Ardova brand while simultaneously leveraging on the strengths of Ardova and its group companies.

He added that the two companies are determined to conclude the deal by the end of Q1 2021.

Enyo presently operates over 90 stations across the nation and attends to over 100,000 retail customers on a daily basis.

Ardova Plc and Enyo Retail & Supply Limited promised to furnish stakeholders with more information on the progress of the deal.

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Obozuwa Takes Charge as Coca Cola Vice President on Communications

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Obozuwa Takes Charge as Coca Cola Vice President on Communications

Patricia Obozuwa on Monday resumed as the Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Africa at The Coca-Cola Company.

Obozuwa was appointed in December 2020.

Prior to joining coca-cola, Obozuwa worked as the Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer for General Electric, GE Africa for six years.

At GE Africa, Obozuwa established a corporate social responsibility platform, GE Kujenga, to better empower people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are solving Africa’s challenges.

Obozuwa’s unique commitment to Africa did not start with GE Africa, prior to joining GE, she led Procter & Gambler as the Head, External Relations, Nigeria and Corporate Communication Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa.

She was also the Arts and Sponsorship Manager for the British Council in Nigeria in 2005 before joining P&G.

Obozuwa is a non-Executive Director of The Water Trust (US-Headquartered Non-Profit Organisation).

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