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NLNG Halts Cooking Gas Export, Directs All Sales to Local Market

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The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited has suspended cooking gas export to prioritise the local market by supplying 100 percent of its propane and butane (cooking gas) products to Nigerians.

Before now, “Nigeria LNG Limited supplied LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) both to the Nigerian and international markets. With the decision of the Board of Directors, all of the company’s LPG production will be delivered to the domestic market.”

In its statement, the NLNG said it had designed a scheme to sustainably supply LPG (butane and propane) for usage in cooking gas blending as well as in agro-allied, autogas, power and petrochemical sectors of the Nigerian economy to improve gas utilisation in Nigeria.

The initiatives were designed to increase LPG availability in Nigeria, diversify its uses and support the Federal Government’s Decade of Gas initiative, NLNG Managing Director and CEO, Dr Philip Mshelbila said.

Committing 100 per cent of Nigeria’s LPG supply is a major milestone in NLNG’s journey of domestic gas supply, he said, adding “We supplied our first butane cargo into the domestic market in 2007, which helped to develop over the years the LPG industry in Nigeria from less than 50,000 tonnes to over 1 million tonnes market size annually by the end of 2020.

“In 2021, we increased our LPG supply commitment from 350,000 metric tonnes (or 28 million 12.5kg cylinders) to actual delivery of 400,000 metric tonnes (or 32 million 12.5kg cylinders) thereby directing most of our production into the domestic market.

“But this was not enough for NLNG, hence this commitment to do all that we possibly can and supply 100 percent of our LPG production to the domestic market.”

With recent talks of going green, by reducing harmful emissions which cause global warming, Mshelbila noted that gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, and an essential energy source the Nigerian market needs to be reckoned with during this energy transition period.

“Other countries are revolutionising their energy industry to cut down on carbon emissions drastically. Nigeria should not be left out in this drive, considering its abundant gas resources.

“Gas is essential for life and living at the moment, because it can support everything we will need to develop our economy and create better living standards for Nigerians. We need to change the narrative, and NLNG is being pragmatic about it,” he said.

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UBA Appoints New Group Managing Director, Executive Board Members

United Bank for Africa appointed Oliver Alawuba to oversee the bank’s operations across 20 African countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

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United Bank for Africa, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, has appointed Oliver Alawuba as Group Managing Director to oversee the bank’s operations across 20 African countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

The bank that was just licensed to operate in the United Arab Emirates disclosed in a press release signed by Bili A. Odum, Group Company Secretary.

Mr. Alawuba is expected to resume his new position on August 1, 2022, subject to approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Oliver Alawuba joined UBA in 1997 and has held a series of senior positions, including as the CEO of UBA Ghana, the CEO of UBA, Africa and most recently, as Group Deputy Managing Director.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, stated ‘I am very pleased to announce Oliver Alawuba as the new Group Managing Director of the UBA Group. Oliver has extensive experience in Nigeria and our African network and is well equipped to advance our pan-African and global strategy.

I have no doubt that Oliver will build on the legacy of Kennedy Uzoka, who has exemplified transformational leadership by championing a customer-first philosophy; launching our twentieth operation in Africa, UBA Mali; acquiring a wholesale banking licence for UBA UK in the United Kingdom; and opening our fourth global operation, UBA Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates”.

Oliver Alawuba expressed his commitment to his new role as Group Managing Director saying “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this great institution and would like to thank the UBA Group Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors for the confidence they have put in me to deliver the mandate.”

Other executive appointments are:

  • Ms. Sola Yomi-Ajayi, Executive Director, Treasury and International Banking. Sola has been with the Group since 2004 and has considerable international experience, culminating in her appointment as CEO of UBA America.
  • Mr. Ugochukwu Nwagodoh, Executive Director, Finance and Risk Management. Ugo joined the Group from PwC in October 2004. He has since held a series of significant roles in the areas of performance management, compliance, financial control and reporting.
  • Mr. Alex Alozie, Executive Director and Group Chief Operating Officer, who joined the Group in 2019 and has driven the Group’s digital transformation and operational efficiencies.
  • Ms. Emem Usoro, Executive Director, North Bank. Emem joined the Group in 2011 and has served in a series of senior regional appointments across Nigeria, covering the retail, corporate and public sectors.

The appointments as after the following executive directors retired: Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, Mr. Uche Ike, Mr. Chukwuma Nweke, Mr. Ibrahim Puri and Mr. Chiugo Ndubisi.

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Nigerian Breweries Announces 142.8% Jump in Profit in H1 2022

Nigerian Breweries Plc on Friday reported a whopping 142.8% jump in profit after tax realised in the first half (H1) of 2022.

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Nigerian Breweries Plc on Friday reported a whopping 142.8% jump in profit after tax realised in the first half (H1) of 2022.

In the company’s unaudited financial statement obtained by Investors King, revenue grew by 31% from N209.031 billion recorded in the first half of 2021 to N274.085 billion in the period under review.

Cost of sales stood at N155.349 billion, an increase of 18.3% from N131.340 billion filed in the corresponding period of 2021.

Gross profit rose by 52.4% from N77.917 billion in H1 2021 to N118.736 billion in H1 2022 while marketing, distribution and administration expenses surged by 44.8 percent to N84.896 billion from N58.628 billion.

Results from operating activities expanded by 79.9% to N35.840 billion, up from N19.917 billion achieved in H1 2021.

Nigerian Breweries grew profit before tax to N25.697 billion in the period under review from N11.940 billion filed in H1 2021.

The company paid N6.954 billion in income tax to post N18.743 billion profit after tax. This represents an increase of N142.8% growth from N7.858 billion recorded in H1 2021.

In a press release signed by Uaboi G. Agbebaku, Esq., Company Secretary, Nigerian Breweries said profitability was driven by the company’s pricing strategy and better mix.

However, the increase in the cost of sales was attributed to the recent surge in commodity prices due to internal and external factors.

“The increase in operating profit and profit after tax was driven mainly by top line growth resulting from our pricing strategy and better mix. Increase in cost of sales was due to rise in commodity prices. Marketing, distribution and administration expenses were driven by the increase in commercial activities, rising diesel prices and higher wages arising from collective labour agreements,” the company stated.

“Although interest expenses were lower, the net finance cost was higher due to foreign exchange losses arising from a higher cost of meeting foreign obligations to overseas partners.

“Our business continues to build momentum and deliver consistent profitable growth even in the context of a very challenging operating environment. Our best-in-class portfolio of brands provides a unique platform that positions us well to lead and grow the beer and malt category and drive superior long-term value creation.”

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Ellah Lakes Appoints Paul Farrer as Deputy Managing Director

Ellah Lakes Plc has appointed Mr. Paul Farrer as its new Deputy Managing Director to oversee the company’s operational growth and development.

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Ellah Lakes Plc has appointed Mr. Paul Farrer as its new Deputy Managing Director to oversee the company’s operational growth and development.

Ellah Lakes announced in a statement signed by Olumoroti Alli, a staff of OAKE Legal, ( the Company Secretary).

Prior to his appointment, Paul Farrer was the Country Manager for Innscor International, then the Group Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer of Food Concepts Plc.

His last Seven (7) Years in Nigerian Private Sector have been spent as the CEO of Nascon Allied Industries PLC, leading a team of over 600 staff. NASCON Allied Industries Plc. is also listed on Nigerian Exchange Limited.

Mr. Farrer will be responsible for the operational growth and development of the Company, and the expansion of the Ellah Lakes Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZ’s) strategy across Nigeria.

Commenting on the appointment, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said “We are very happy and excited about the extremely valuable addition of Paul to the team. He has a proven track record both internationally and in Nigeria”.

“We have set ambitious growth targets for Ellah Lakes Plc, and Paul Farrer possesses the wealth of experience required to develop companies in the challenging Nigerian environment. We are very glad to welcome him on board to strengthen the Ellah Lakes Executive team”.

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