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NEM Insurance Targets N5bn Gross Premium

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NEM Issuarnce Plc, one of the recapitalized insurance companies in the country is targeting a gross premium of N4.66 billion during the third quarters ending September 30, 2009.
In an official statement released by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) at the weekend, the company is also forecasting a profit after tax of N952.5 during the third quarter.
The company had recently recorded 67.1 per cent drop in profit after tax and 60.74 per cent drop in gross premium during the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.
The unaudited result of the company showed a profit after tax of N333.53 million for the first quarter as against N1.01 billion recorded in the comparable period of 2008, representing a drop of N1.6 billion as against N4 billion recorded in 2008 amounting to a drop of 60.74 per cent.
The audited result showed gross premium grew from N853.6 million in 2006 to N2.6 billion in 2007 while net premium income increased by 205.7 per cent from N818.3 million in 2006 in N2.5 billion recorded in 2007.
Profit after tax also rose from N8.7 million in 2006 to N399 million in 2007 while investment income also increased by 10.9 per cent, from N81.1 million in 2006 to N89.9 million in 2007.
Earnings per share (EPS) increased from 2.16 in 2006 kobo to 8.03 kobo in 2007 representing an increase of 271.8 per cent.
The company said deployment of new technology to improve on turnaround resulted into significant growth in all areas of its operation of the period.
But like every other insurance stocks the current bearish run in the Nigerian capital market is taking its toll on the share price of the company.
The company which had bottomed out at a low of 54 kobo per share during the sustained bearishness in the market, at the weekend traded in the negative direction with a loss of three kobo to close at N1.09.
However, Mr. Tunde Smart, managing director of the company reacting recently on the firms dwindling fortune in respect of profitability attributed the high percentage drop to the lingering capital meltdown occasioned by the global financial crisis.
Smart noted that the company’s investment in the market was a major factor that contributed to the drop in profit.
He said the capital market downturn affected every quoted company in the country which according to him Nem is not insulated from the Nigeria economy just like any other listed on the exchange.
“However, insurance stocks are not the worst hit as it affected all the stocks in the market. In relative terms, some banks stocks which sold as high and if you compare that to an insurance stocks that is selling for N4 and today is now sold for N2 or N1, you will see that we are not the worse hit. So you have to look at value prior to the meltdown and the value now and do arithmetic and you will agree with me that the insurance stock is not the worst hit in the market.
He however, expressed optimism that with the rebound of the market coupled with the company’s deployment of new technology, the drop will not affect the actualization of its target for the current year.
The company is targeting gross premium income of N5.5 billion for the current year and also forecasting the opening of more branches and off shore offices especially in Ghana “Am proud to tell you that as we speak now we have gotten our licence to operate in Ghana and we are already putting infrastructure in place, very soon we will launch out new office in Ghana,” Smart said.

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Eradiri Faults NDDC Leadership Structure Wants Agric As Top Priority

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The Special Adviser to the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Youths, Udens Eradiri, has faulted the leadership structure of the commission, saying it has not helped the cause of the Niger Delta in the last 25 years.
Describing the leadership structure of the NDDC as faulty, he said that the faulty leadership structure was the reason why President Muhammadu Buhari ordered for a forensic audit in the commission.
Eradiri who is the former president of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC)
disclosed this while speaking to aviation correspondents, last Friday, shortly on arrival at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, from Abuja. 
He said the outcome of the forensic audit would be used to do a wholistic reorganisation of the organogram of the commission.
According to him, the wholistic review of the organogram of the NDDC will help in putting the leadership structure in order, and enable things to function properly.
“The leadership structure of NDDC in the past years had been faulty, and that was why the President said there should be forensic audit, which would be used to do a wholistic review of the organogram of NDDC, so that it can function properly.
“The new board is coming soon, but the whole process will pass through the National Assembly to be cleared”, Eradiri said.
On the achievement of the present NDDC management, the special adviser said that the Effiong Akwa led administration had recorded some landmark achievements compared to the last 25 years. 
He said that the present interim management within two years completed and commissioned the headquarters of the NDDC, which had been left for over 25 years.
He also said that the completion of the East-West road project had intensified under the present management, adding that NDDC has also supported states on sanitation through donation of trucks.
Eradiri, however, admitted that the present interim management had not taken a firm stand on agricultural development even though it has been working with the Central Bank of Nigeria on the Anchor Borrowers Scheme.
“I believe that the only tool to use and get ourselves out of the quagmire we find ourselves is agriculture, and I think that the NDDC can design its own scheme on how to grow agriculture as a deliberate policy.
“This will bring change that will grow the region’s economy. We must talk about agricultural processing, and we can put palm oil into sachet, and even students can be buying them,” he said.

By: Corlins Walter

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Nigeria Lost N851bn To Oil Theft, Sabotage   – NEITI

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Nigeria lost N851.84bn ($2.78bn) to oil theft and pipeline sabotage in 2019, the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI)   has said.
NEITI said this in its latest oil and gas industry audit report.
NEITI stated that it arrived at the estimate after using an average price of $65.61 per barrel and an average exchange rate of N306.42/$ .
It, however, noted that there was a significant reduction of 21 per cent from the previous year, where 53.28 million barrels were lost.
Losses such as these are recorded by companies whose crude volumes are carried through pipelines easily compromised by saboteurs.
The report also stated that some oil terminals recorded no production. These included Aja operated by Bayelsa Oil, whose license was revoked by the government.
Others were Asaramatoru and Oyo managed by Prime and Allied/CAMAC who were reportedly inactive for the year.
Nigeria earned a total of N10.49tn ($34.22bn) from crude oil and gas sales. This was a marginal 4.88 per cent increase from 2018 revenues of N9.99tn ($32.63bn).
The total crude oil production recorded was 735.24 million barrels, a 4.87per cent increase from 701.10 million barrels reported in 2018.
A total of N2.145tn ($7.011bn) was the domestic sales proceeds in 2019 from 107.24 million barrels of crude oil. This was 0.36 per cent lower than the domestic crude sales of 107.63 million barrels in 2018.

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Residents Task New Council Chairmen On Dev, Agric Policies

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Some residents in the 23 local government areas of Rivers State have urged the newly sworn-in council chairmen in the state to come up with good agricultural and developmental policies that will transform the grassroots.
They also urged the council boss to take pragmatic steps and actions towards tackling security challenges to encourage business activities thrive in their domains. 
Some of the residents who spoke with The Tide at the weekend, noted that the local government administration in the state had not faired well in terms of real development in recent times, and urged the new council helmsmen to change the narratives. 
A resident of Emohua Local Government Area, Mr Charles Amadi, noted that no real development had taken place in the area, lamenting the dearth of companies and small scale industries in the area.
He, therefore, called on the new chairman, Dr. Chidi Lyoid, not to solely depend on the monthly allocation, but to go all out to attract small scale companies to the area so as to create employment opportunities as well as generate revenue for the council.
He also urged the new chairman to invest in agriculture, especially farming and fishing.
On his part, Mr Ebenezer Otamiri who lives in Etche, urged the Etche council boss, Obinna Ayanwu, to consolidate on the achievements recorded in his first tenure, especially by building more markets for the people, as well as initiate good agricultural policy to drive the economy of the area.
He also urged the council boss to tackle the issue of electricity and security in the area, saying electricity and security are key to the development of the area. 
In his own charge, Mr Mene Geoffrey Dekaa who hails from Bori in Khana Local Government Area of the state, called on his new council chairman, Bariere Thomas, to show capacity and competence in the area of security.
He noted that the issue of security has left native imprint in the development of the area, saying many investors have left Bori, the headquarters of the council, for other places.
“Because of security challenges, many people have left Bori to build houses and invest in Nonwa- Tai, and Eleme.
“Areas like Kono-Boweeh communities are no go areas, as people there can hardly sleep. So if the chairman can work with government recognised traditional rulers and security agents, security issues will be tackled, and people’s confidence will be restored, and business activities will move on”, he said.

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