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Mixed Fortunes In Petroleum Sector … As Companies Roll Out Results

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There were mixed fortunes in the petroleum sub-sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as three major players, Oando, African Petroleum and Chevron Plc released their results recently.

These results have taken their toll on trading as investors’ reaction had begun to reflect on stocks prices in the sector on the floor of the Exchange.

Oando and AP results were impressive while Chevron was a disappointment to investors.

Oando Plc posted an impressive result for the year ended with a turnover of N339.4 billion as against N185.9 billion in 2007, representing an increase of 82.59 per cent in its revenue. The company’s profit after tax, which recorded an impressive 31.5 per cent rise, stood at N8.34 billion compared with N6.34 billion in 2007. the directors of the company thus recommended a dividend of N8.00 per share to their shareholders. Investors approval immediately reflected in an upward movement of its share price. AP declared its audited result for the year ended December 31, 2008, with a turnover of N162.6 billion in contrast with N102.5 billion in 2007, representing an increase of 58.63 per cent in its revenue.

Profit after tax stood at N5.73 compared with N5.10 recorded in the previous year. The company’s board of directors proposed to pay N5.20 dividend per share to its shareholders with the closure date being July 7, 2009 and payment will be on July 27, 2009.Investors were, however disappointed with chevron Plc’s audited result for the year ended December 31, 2008. The result showed a turnover of N48.67 billion in 2007, indicating 32.96 per cent decrease. The company declared a loss after tax of 225.43 million as against profit after tax of N1.959 billion in 2007, indicating 111.51 per cent drop.

According to the Managing Director of Dakar Services Limited, Mr. Gerald Ibe, chevron’s result compared with its peers is a disappointment. “The other companies may not have paid much in dividend but their profit didn’t decline” He pointed out that Chevron had an internal crisis and urged the management to work on taking the company back to profitability. Analysts cited the intractable youth restiveness in the Niger Delta, relative stability in fuel pump price and the deregulation of the downstream sector of the industry as being responsible for this downturn in the fortune of the oil companies.

“The impact of activities of these youths obviously informed the instability of the oil sector listed on the floor of NSE as the prices fluctuate”, the Managing Director of Laksworth Investment & Securities Limited, Mr. Kayode Awotile said.

He attributed the decline in the PAT by some of the companies to the crisis in the Niger Delta and current global economic situation.

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Senate Confirms Cardoso, 11 Others As Monetary Policy Committee Members 

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The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Olayemi Cardoso as the chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Also confirmed for appointment as members of the MPC yesterday, include, Muhammad Abdullahi, (CBN deputy governor), Bala Bello (CBN deputy governor), Emem Usoro (CBN deputy governor), Philip Ikeazor (CBN deputy governor), Lamido Yuguda, (DG Securities and Exchange Commission) and Jafiya Lydia Shehu, (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance).

Others are Murtala Sabo Sagagi (CBN director) Aloysius  Ordu, Aku Odukemelu, Mustapha Akinwunmi, and Bamidele Amoo.

President Bola Tinubu had on Wednesday named Cardoso as the chairman and 11 others as members of the MPC.

Tinubu in his letter of nomination to the Senate, said his action was in line with the provisions of Section 12 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007.

The President had about a week ago asked the Senate to confirm Cardoso, as the chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee of the apex bank.

CBN MPC will hold its first policy meeting for the year on February 26 and 27.

The Senate had , on Wednesday, screened the nominated members of the CBN Monetary Policy Committee, questioning them on the lingering foreign exchange and food crises.

 

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‘Unemployment Rate Hit 0.8% In 2023 Q3’

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The unemployment rate in Nigeria rose by 0.8percent in the third quarter of 2023.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), this was a significant rise, adding that the unemployment rate rose from the 4.2percent recorded in Q2 2023 to 5.0 percent in Q3 2023.
The NBS, the custodian of official statistics in the country, disclosed this in a report it published last Monday titled “Nigeria Labour Force Survey Q3 2023”.
“The employment-to-population ratio was 75.6 percent in Q3 2023 with a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to a ratio of Q2 2023.
“The combined rate of unemployment and time-related underemployment as a share of the labour force population (LU2) increased to 17.3percent in Q3 2023 from 15.5percent in Q2 2023.
“About 87.3 percent of workers were self-employed in Q3 2023. The proportion of workers in Wage Employment in Q3 2023 was 12.7 percent.
“The unemployment rate increased significantly in Q3 2023 at 5.0 percent. This is an increase of 0.8 percent from Q2 2023.
“The rate of unemployment among persons with post-secondary education was 7.8 percent in Q3 2023”, the report stated in part.
It added that the unemployment rate for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years was recorded at 8.6 per cent in Q3 2023 while the informal employment rate in Q3 2023 was 92.3 per cent.
The report added, “The unemployment rate in urban areas was 6.0 percent percentin Q3 2023, a slight increase of 0.1 percent from Q2 2023.
“Time-related underemployment in Q3 2023 was 12.3 percent, showing a slight increase of 0.5 percent from the rate recorded in Q2 2023. This shows an increase of 1.4 percent compared to the rate in Q4 2022.
“4.1percent of the working-age population was in subsistence agriculture in Q3 2023. Informal employment rate in Q3 2023 was 92.3percent, while Q2 2023 was 92.7percent.
“Percentage of youth Not in Employment, Education or Training was 13.7percent in Q3 2023”.
Recall that Nigeria’s inflation rate last Thursday climbed to 29.90 per cent in January 2024 from 28.92 per cent recorded in the previous month.
The 0.98 percent increase shows that the inflation rate in the country is yet to slow down.
The NBS revealed this in its ‘Consumer Price Index’
The development adds more pressure on the Central Bank’s monetary policy committee to sharply raise interest rates at a February  26-27 meeting its first in seven months.

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Merchant Navy Lauds NIWA Over Staff Welfare

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The Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNO/WTSSA) has expressed optimism that the Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Mr. Bola Oyebamiji, will prioritise workers welfare for optimal performance of the agency.
Jibril Darda’u, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, NIWA, in a statement over the weekend, disclosed that the seafarers’ union’s remarks are one of the highlights of the meeting between the Trade Union Congress (TUC) affiliate group and management of the agency.
The statement quoted the Chairman of the NMNO/WTSSA, Comrade Suleiman Danjuma, as commending the Managing Director of NIWA for the good initiative of the kind of interaction that brings the staff closer to the management.
“This will definitely boost the morale of the staff and pledge their loyalty and confidence in the Managing Director’s leadership style”, Danjuma stated.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NIWA promised to build on the progress already achieved at the Lokoja River Port, Kogi State.
The MD disclosed this when he went on a familiarisation tour of NIWA’s facilities in Lokoja.
According to the MD, the importance of Lokoja River Port being in the confluence State is to boost the economic viability of the State and Nigeria at large.
“We are here for facility tour to see for ourselves what is on ground at Jamata Port, Lokoja. It is important we come here to assess the facilities to see, at least, how we can move the facilities forward”, he stated.
Recall that in continuation of his familiarisation tour, the Managing Director’s visited the NIWA Lokoja Area office to inspect the Dockyard facilities.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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