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OPEC Hikes Production By 80,000bpd

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The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) increased crude oil production by 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 28.47 million bpd in June.

Reports from Platt’s’ survey of OPEC members, oil industry officials and analysts, said June’s output recorded an increase over 28.39 million bpd in May.

According to the reports, production from the 11 OPEC members bound by quotas, not including Iraq, dimmed by 50,000 bpd to 26.04 million bpd in June from 25.99 million bpd in May.

“These members are fairly unspectacular but with volumes edging improved from the third consecutive month, they do suggest that OPEC’s big output cutting effort may have reached its limit”, said John Kingston, Platts global director of oil. “With prices now trending downward while OPEC output is heading the other direction, it may mean September’s meeting of group could find itself facing some tough decisions in its production level.

OPEC production had already risen, in April and May after falling steadily since August 2008, when total output including that of Indonesia which left the group at the end of last year, average 32.81 million bpd. Exchanging Indonesia production, the survey estimates showed total OPEC production falling by 3.2 million bpd since last August.

Output increases totally 160,000 bpd from Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Venezuela and Iraq were offset by an 80,000 bpd drop in Nigerian volumes.

The June estimates for OPEC-11 output reduce the group’s level of compliance with the 4.2 million bpd in crude output cuts agreed late last year to 71.5 percent in March.

Before April, OPEC production had fallen steadily as the group responded to the plunge in oil demand caused by the global economic recession, although the OPEC-11 failed to bring their volumes down to the 24.845 million bpd target which came into effect on January 1 this year.

The latest estimates leave the OPEC-11 some 1.19 million bpd in excess of their target.

OPEC has not published individual country quotas under the 24-845 million bpd targets. These quotas have been on the broadly-upward trend since mid-February, and this may have encouraged leakage. For example, OPEC’s own basket of crude’s stood at $38.14 per barrel on February 19. On June 11, the basket reached $70.87 per barrel. Its highest level for this year so far.

Prices have since fallen back by several dollars with the OPEC basket standing at $61.11/6 on July 8. OPEC ministers have twice rubber stamped the December agreement, most recently at a May 28 meeting in Vienna. They are next scheduled to meet in September.

Some residents of  Port Harcourt queuing to buy petroleum products at a filling station in the city. Photo: King Osila

Some residents of Port Harcourt queuing to buy petroleum products at a filling station in the city. Photo: King Osila

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Construction, Real Estate Sectors Contribute N20trn To GDP – NBS

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said economic activities in the construction and real estate sectors contributed N20trllion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first three quarters of 2022.
The NBS report also showed that construction services earned N12.9trllion, while real estate contributed N7trllion to the GDP.
It further revealed that the construction sub sector contributed 9.5 per cent to nominal GDP in the third quarter of 2022, which is higher than the 9.26 per cent it contributed a year earlier and higher than the 7.95 per cent contributed in the second quarter of 2022, and also grew by 18.92 per cent in nominal terms (year-on-year) in the 2022 third quarter.
However, the sector dropped 28.75 per cent points, as compared to the rate of 47.67 per cent it recorded in the same quarter of 2021.
According to the national statistics body, real estate services in nominal terms grew by 9.13 per cent, higher by 0.50 per cent points than the growth rate reported for the same period in 2021, and lower by 3.68 per cent points compared to the preceding Quarter.
On a Quarter-on-Quarter, the sector growth rate was 16.38 per cent. The contribution to nominal GDP in Q3, 2022 stood at 4.96 per cent, relative to 5.27 per cent recorded in the third quarter of 2021 and higher than the 4.95 per cent accounted for in the second quarter of 2022.
The NBS calculates the sector’s contribution by adding up gross outputs such as a sum of fees, the value of work done, commissions receivable for the services rendered and other incomes.
It also considers intermediate consumptions such as details of the cost structure, including transportation fees, operational expenditure, minor repairs and maintenance etc.
“From the foregoing, it is clear that the contributed amount had revealed what the private sector could achieve in the nation’s GDP.
“When we talk about real estate, it is driven by private investors. This implies that for any economy to thrive, the private sector must be given a platform and a level playing ground for them to perform.
“It will be of note also that the real estate industry does not require an incubation period. Anytime you start building a house, at least 25 persons will get a job. So, if the government wants to support the economy of the country, more opportunities should be given to the private sector to thrive”, the report stated.

By: Corlins Walter

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Expert Urges Domestic Airlines To Apply As Flag Carriers 

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Sequel to disagreement between the Federal Government and domestic airline operators over the Nigerian Carrier, which is a subject of litigation, a stakeholder in the aviation industry and Chief Executive Officer, Centurion Security Limited, Capt John Ojikutu, (rtd.) has urged domestic airlines to seek government approval to designate one or two of them as flag carriers instead of going to court over the Nigeria Air deal.
He said he had reservations about the lawsuit filed by the Airline Operators of Nigeria against the Federal Government and its foreign technical partners, and majority shareholders, saying there are so many things wrong with the FGN-ET deal.
“What I believe that the private airlines can do instead of wasting their time is to seek government approval to designate one or two of them as flag carriers on at least five Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement routes.
“As far as I am concerned, the airline will die the same way defunct Virgin Nigeria died, and that is my displeasure over that ET partnership.
“So, it is not something that will be forced on the next administration. It is not a government policy that we must have a partnership with ET. So, I am sure the next government will not succumb to that.
“What they have now is a government airline, not a national carrier. Government just called one or two persons. In SAHCOL, two people there have 78 per cent shares, and one person in MRS, who is a foreigner, has 60 per cent. So, invariably, it is the government and one or two people as far as I am concerned”, he stated.

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FAAN Boss Orders Allocation Of PH Airline Building To Airlines

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Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has urged the Port Harcourt International Airport Manager/Regional General Manager, South-South/South East, Mr Felix Akinbinu, to ensure that airlines are immediately allocated the new airline building without delay.
He noted that the new airline building project is one of the important projects that have been executed at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, and would want the immediate use of the building.
The Managing Director, who gave the directive during the commissioning of the airline building, described the Port Harcourt airport as one of the busiest in Nigeria.
Represented by the Director, Airport Operations, Capt. Mukhtar Muye, Akinbinu noted that there are about 27 airports in the country, and described the airline building as a good edifice.
“This project is very important to us, and I would urge the Regional Manager to ensure that airlines are immediately allocated the building without delay.
“We are very happy to commission this airline building to decongest the terminal building they currently occupy. We know that this is a good edifice that will attract other airlines, includi international airlines, to Port Harcourt Airport”, he said.
Earlier in his address, Akinbinu said the commissioning of the building will go a long way in the provision of office space for airlines and other stakeholders in the airport.
“This building will also help to decongest the domestic terminal building of people who troop in and out to purchase tickets, do sundry enquiries, thereby ensuring effective access control into the terminal building.
“The building consists of eight suites, which are suitable for multipurpose, including banking halls and offices, a large packing space and a gate house for security.
“One of the buildings has been designated as a Magistrate Court, which will serve the airport in the quick dispensation of service”, he stated.
Highlight of the occasion was presentation of goodwill messages from stakeholders at the airport, such as the host community,  the League of Aviation Correspondents.
Alsos, the new Airport Area Command of the Police, and former Police spokesperson in Rivers State, ACP Ireju Barasua, assured of adequate security at the airport, expressing delight that more projects will come to the airport.
In his vote of thanks, the Head of Corporate Affairs at the airport, Mr Kunle Akinbode, thanked all for making the programme a successful one.
The representative of the Managing Director also cut the tape to declare the building open for business.

By: Corlins Walter

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