- More Nigerians to Live in Cities as Urban Population Escalates
A recent report by Nielsen pointed to a fast-changing consumer landscape in Nigeria due to 50 percent growth in population in urban areas, the fastest in the world.
According to the report, 55 percent of Nigerians will live in cities or towns by 2025 as a result of urban growth. Therefore, consumers in cities previously considered rural will require different services.
This was just one of a wealth of insights that emerged at a recent Nielsen event in Lagos, which looked at whether retailers and manufacturers are equipped to beat the odds they are facing in Nigeria by anticipating and preparing for the future.
“Everyone is fighting for growth and competition for consumers’ wallets has never been tougher. In a challenging environment, finding opportunities with the right insights becomes key to help beat the odds,” said Ged Nooy, Nielsen Nigeria MD.
Nigeria is a complex market that is characterised by consumers who are upbeat and confident with 81% feeling good or excellent about the state of their financials, while at the same time 60% of Nigerians say they can only afford the basics. Forty one per cent of Nigerians feel that their quality of life is better but more than half feel that it is worse, leading to a polarisation in the market, with consumers at both ends of the spectrum. This means that marketers need to cater to the demands of those who want value and at the same time, those who are aspirational and want quality, premium products.
Another trend impacting consumer behaviour is the rise of ‘disloyalty’ with 88% of consumers across Africa & the Middle East ready to defect from a current brand choice and 45% consumers saying they love to try new things. In such a scenario, it becomes all the more important to understand consumer attitudes and perceptions and how they make choices.
Nielsen Executive Director, Thought Leadership Ailsa Wingfield, said, “Opportunities today and tomorrow are about understanding and delivering what consumers need and want. Times are changing. There are more products on the shelf today than ever before, from new and existing brands, and a plethora of information points, advocates and advertising telling consumers about them. The consumer is spoilt for choice. Brands need to identify their purpose and provide the right value to their customers, if they want to keep them loyal”.
Soldiers, Police Battle Hoodlums to Prevent Looting of Computer Village
Soldiers and Police Battle Hoodlums Trying to Loot Computer Village
Hoodlums that hijacked the #EndSARS protest and turned it into a broad day robbery have continued to attack business districts, offices and properties of known establishments to loot and destroy years of labour despite the negative impacts of COVID-19 on these businesses.
Soldiers that were later joined by the Nigerian Police Force have been trying to repel hoodlums looking to break into computer village in Ikeja, Lagos State since the #EndSARS protest was hijacked.
According to residents and business owners contacted, the armed looters are still making an attempt to overpower security agents knowing there are valuables in the shops.
“Right now they are still making an attempt (to overpower security agents) and considering the sensitivity of the business that we do, we sell very valuable commodities and they understand the liquidity of these products,” said Adeniyi Ojikutu, president, Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) said on the phone.
Ojikutu said the hoodlums, who were more than 500 in number, had shot in the air when they were discovered and remained close by for an opportunity to eventually break into the largest computer, mobile devices and ICT accessory market in Africa.
Also, because computer village is within close proximity to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), a new BRT station, Jara Mall, the Lagos State Police Command, Lagos State High Court and both the local and international Airports, it becomes imperative to protect it as a break-in by looters may spell disaster for other top establishments in the vicinity.
A resident said ‘Benin Boys’, a group of hoodlums, had earlier tried to invade computer village around 1 am but were prevented by security operatives. However, those that have been making attempts between the morning and afternoon of Friday were the Agege boys.
“The security were using megaphones to shout and warn all of us to stay inside,” said this resident.
Dangote Sugar Refinery Postpones Board Meeting Amid Social Unrest
Dangote Sugar Refinery Has Postponed Board Meeting Scheduled for Today Amid Social Unrest
The management of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc on Friday said they have decided to postpone the company’s board meeting scheduled to hold today October 23, 2020 to a date they will communicate soon.
The management said the decision was due to the ongoing precarious situation in the country, especially the attacks on various establishments since governor Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the state.
In a statement signed by the company secretary, Mrs. Temitope Hassan, Dangote Sugar Refinery said “Further to our announcement made on October 8, 2020, the Company wishes to notify the Exchange and the investing public that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company earlier scheduled to be held on Friday October 23, 2020 to consider the draft unaudited financial statement of the Company for the Q3 ended September 30, 2020 has been postponed in view of the current precarious situation in the country.
“The new date for the meeting will be communicated as soon as normalcy returns. The Closed Period which has already commenced will continue till 24 hours after the filling of the Results.
“No insider of the Company, including its Directors, Employees, Advisers and Consultants and their connected persons may deal directly or indirectly in the Shares of the Company during the Closed Period.
All Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc Insiders have been duly informed.”
Put a Total Ban on Importation of Tomato Paste, Dangote Tells FG
Dangote Calls for a Complete Ban on Importation of Tomato Paste
Dangote Tomato Processing company has called on the Federal Government to put a complete ban on importation of tomato paste into the country.
Abdulkarim Kaita, the Managing Director, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant situated in Kadawa, Kano State, made the call while flagging off the distribution of tomato seedlings to 5,000 farmers under the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers programme.
Kaita, who said the company was working with the CBN to provide tomato farmers with high yield seeds that would allow them to produce a minimum of 40 tons per hectare, said “We are appealing to the Federal Government to put a total ban on the importation of tomato like what it did to rice.”
Kaita said the call was important to deepen local production of tomato and ensure the country was self-sufficient in tomato production.
Speaking further, he said a complete ban of tomato past importation would lead to more investment in the industry and foster growth of processing plants, a move that would increase job creation opportunities for many people in the country.
“It is only by putting a total ban on tomato importation that the government can encourage farmers to grow the commodity for the country to be self-sufficient,” he said.
He added that “There are 12 major tomato producing states in the country which if fully cultivated, in the next one year Nigeria will be able to start exporting tomato.”
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