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BudgIT Seeks End to Fuel Subsidy

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A civic technology organisation, BudgIT has urged the Federal Government to end the controversial petroleum subsidy regime after 13 years.

According to BudgIT, the Federal Government has spent close to N10 trillion on importing petroleum products under the guise of subsidy between 2006 and 2018 to the detriment of socio-economic developments.

In a statement by its Principal Lead, Gabriel Okeowo, BudgIT said the country was dancing on the edge of a razor blade by continuing the subsidy regime.

BudgIT said its research showed that the country currently imports an average of 91 per cent of its daily petrol needs, saying this exposes local petrol prices to price shocks from international factors of production and exchange rate volatility.

“There is a near perfectly inverse relationship between the fall in the value of naira and the rise in the cost of imported petrol. That is, when next the naira is devalued, Nigeria’s subsidy bill can be expected to jump,” the statement said.

It said the continuation of petrol price regulation perpetuates safety nests for “exceptional forms of corruption within the country’s subsidy regime.”

“Import subsidy creates petrol price arbitrage – the differential between the regulated price in Nigeria and the high petrol prices in neighbouring countries – which is big enough to incentivise smuggling of subsidised products to neighbouring border towns. According to NNPC, there are 2,201 petrol stations in Nigeria’s porous border towns and coastal frontiers, with a combined fuel tank capacity of 144.9 million litres. Analysts argue, ringing corruption alert that the population around that area is far from justifying the size of the petrol market.

“BudgIT notes with dismay that ‘fuel subsidy’ deprives Nigeria of funds needed for critical socio-economic development as it discourages investors, who generally prefer a deregulated industry, from investing in the downstream sector especially in the area of refinery construction and operation. For instance, the 10 trillion consumed by the subsidy regime is sufficient to construct 27,000megawatts (Mw) of electricity or build about 2,400 units of 1000-bed standard hospitals across 774 local government areas of Nigeria, found our research.

“We equally note that the Nigerian masses worship low oil prices. More so, the political class fears that increases in petrol price (and in the cost of living by extension), occasioned by a deregulated price regime, could become a flashpoint for mass uprisings and political instability. Nonetheless, we can never shy away from the opportunity cost of the corrupt subsidy regime.

“Nigeria’s population is expected to balloon to 398 million people by 2050. With no strategic framework to end its subsidy program plus zero political will to reform the entire sector, the Nigerian government risks carrying the financial burden of a program that could drown out the development of its other sectors over the next 15 years.

“It’s high time fuel subsidy is removed. Efficient palliative measures should be provided for those that will be worse hit by the removal. Four sectors – Transportation, Power, Health and Education – should be prioritised to cushion the effects.

“While we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful, we also believe that funding for cheaper mass transit and subsidies to public institutions should be targeted for these groups.”

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 long experience in the global financial market.

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Seplat Appoints Emeka Onwuka as CFO, Executive Director

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Seplat Named Emeka Onwuka as CFO and Executive Director

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has appointed Mr. Emeka Onwuka as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director of Seplat, effective from August 1, 2020.

In the statement signed by Mrs. Edith Onwuchekwa, Company Secretary and Chief Governance Compliance Officer, and released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Onwuka has more than 30 years of experience in financial services within Sub-Saharan Africa.

“He has acted as the voice and face of major financial institutions in Nigeria as former Group Managing Director /CEO of Diamond Bank Plc and former Chairman of Enterprise Bank Limited. Mr Onwuka is a Partner at Andersen Tax Nigeria and holds various Board positions as Chairman; FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited; Director FMDQ Holdings Limited; Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited; and Director, Bharti Airtel Nigeria,” the Company stated.

“Mr Onwuka received his B.SC. in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and holds an MBA from the University of Benin. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He has attended executive programs at the Lagos Business School, Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School.

“Mr. Onwuka holds the Nigerian National Honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). The Board of Seplat is confident that the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings will be a great addition to the Company.

“This announcement is being made in accordance with Rule 4 of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Amended Listing Rules.”

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TAJBank Joins e-Commerce Giants- Launches Nigeria’s 1st Ethical Online Mall

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TaJBank Launches Ethical Online Mall

Abuja Nigeria July 8th, 2020  Nigeria’s most innovative Non-Interest Bank, TAJBank, has announced the highly anticipated launch of TAJMall, the nation’s first ethical online shopping mall.

The highly anticipated launch of the e-commerce site, which held recently, is coming closely on the heels of the commencement of its Agency Banking Network which began in June across thirteen (13) states in the country.

To celebrate this milestone, the brand will be holding a week long TAJMall campaign from 6th – 11th July 2020 to sensitize and also reward its new customers to its platform.

“This is a great milestone as we present a fully customer focused e- commerce platform offering 100 percent authentic brands from highly vetted vendors. Our mission is to rebuild trust in the online shopping niche, hence the emphasis on our platform being an ethical shopping mall. We want to deliver on our promise and make this an enjoyable and safe experience not just for our customers, but also for our numerous trusted vendors as well,” said Founder/COO TAJBank, Hamid Joda.

“Our customers place absolute trust that goods will be delivered exactly as requested, and we do not take that trust lightly, he added.

The brand expressed commitment to continuously deploy technological tools on it’s new e- platform to maintain optimal customer service delivery and ensure shopping on TAJMall remains a productive and hassle free experience.

Customers who log onto the tajmall.ng platform (or download the app), will have the opportunity to enjoy massive price slashes, shopping coupons, free shipping and other incredible offers. The Bank also intends to offer financing to its customers who shop on the mall.

“Well beyond our exciting line up of activities, they are assured the highest level of value each time they make a purchase on TAJMall. Our marketing insights have shown that there is an increasing need to match the kind of variety in product offerings that customers yearn for with the exceptional shopping experience that may at times be lacking. We aim to make that an unmatched experience right from the moment our customers visit our mall to the receipt of their items,” affirmed Co-Founder/CMO, Mr Sherif Idi.

Customers shopping on TAJ Mall are guaranteed 100% authenticity, official warranties from the brands, and a 5 day return policy at no extra cost to the customer.

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Warren Buffet to Give Out Another $2.9bn, Total Donations Now $37bn

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Warren Buffet Gives Away $2.9bn, Total Donations Now $37bn

Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has announced his yearly charitable donations to the five philanthropies he picked to donate most of his fortune to.

The billionaire plans to give out 15.9 million class B shares of Berkshire Hathaway worth $2.9 billion to the five philanthropies. This will bring his total philanthropic donations to $37 billion since 2006.

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Buffet, who has promised to give away about 99 percent of his fortune, still hold 248,734 Class A shares of Berkshire valued at around $67.5 billion.

However, before he began given out his shares, Oracle of Omaha held 474,998 Class A shares of Berkshire, which would have worth about $129 billion as of today.

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