Share price losses suffered by some blue chip stocks recently ushered in the bears and depressed corporate performance indicators to slide by 0.12 percent.
At the close of transaction recently the All-share Index which opened at 20,580.77 points, while market capitalisation dropped by N6 billion from N4.936 trillion to N4.930 trillion.
In volume terms, a total 3752 million shares valued at N2.65 billion changed hands, up from a total of 341.3 million shares worth N1.57 billion exchanged by investors in the previous day.
On the days price movement chart, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc led 31 other stocks to suffer price depreciation with a loss of 181 kobo to close at N35.19 per share, followed by Conoil Plc with 145kobo to close at N27.63 per share, while Cadbury Nigeria Plc lost 55 kobo to close at N10.49 per share.
Furthermore Lafarge WAPCO Plc, Longman Nigeria Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, IHS Plc, Skye Bank Plc and May & Baker Nigeria Plc all shed 49 kobo, 47 kobo, 28 kobo, 22 kobo, 21kobo and 19 kobo each to close at N29.75, N9.03 N15.02, N4.24, N5.26, and N3.68 respectively.
On the other hard, Dangote Flour Mills Plc topped the day’s price gainers’ chart with a gain of 44 kobo to close at N9.43 per share, followed by Union Bank of Nigeria Plc with 26 kobo to close N5.46 per share, while Afribank Nigeria Plc added 11 kobo to close at N2.40 per share.
Similarly, Guaranty Trust Assurance Plc, United Bank for Africa Plc, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Intercontinental Bank Plc and Oceanic Bank Plc all added 9 kobo, 8 kobo, 7 kobo, 7 koo and 7 kobo each to close at N2.11, N10.75, N1.62, N1.47, and N1.54 respectively.
On the days activity chart, the banking sub-sector was the most active in volume terms trading 234.1 million shares worth N1.69 million, followed by the insurance sub-sector with 65.8 million valued at N92.4 million, while the food/beverages and tobacco sub-sector traded 16.6 million shares worth N211.9 million.
Further review of activities in the sub-sector showed that the volume in the banking sub sector was largely accounted for by 120.9 million shares of United Bank for Africa Plc worth N1.29 billon, followed by 35.7 million shares of Spring Bank Plc valued at N29.6 million.
For the insurance sub-sector, the volume was energized by 36.2 million shares of Guaranty Trust Assurance Plc worth N73.3 million, while 10.6 million shares of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc valued at N156 million lifted the volume of the food/beverages and tobacco sub-sector.
Redeployed Customs Officers Assume Office At New Posts
Redeployed Zonal coordinators and controllers affected by the recent swapping exercise in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have since taken over their new posts.
Assistant Comptroller General and Comptrollers affected by the change of batons have gone into action in the respective Zones and Area Commands respectively.
As at Press time, ACG Bello Jibo, the new Coordinator, Zone A, has begun to hold forth at the Harvey Road Zonal Headquarters in Yaba, Lagos.
Comptroller Dera Nnadi, Jaiyeoba, and Shuaibu have resumed their duties as Customs Area Controllers of Tincan Island Port, Apapa and Idiroko Commands respectively.
Comptroller Timi Bomodi has also begun overseeing customs activities at Seme-Krake Border Command.
In an exclusive chat with The Tide, Chairman, Seme Chapter of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Clearing Agent (ANLCA), Chief Oyekachukwu Ojinma (aka Sule) described the outgoing Controller of the Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, as a very hard-working and dedicated man, while welcoming the new Customs Area Controller to the border post.
The ANLCA Chairman expressed his wish for a successful tenure of office for Compt. Timi Bomodi.
By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
‘Electricity Act Will Transform Power Sector’
Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has stated that the recently signed Nigerian Electricity Act, 2023, will play a fundamental role in transforming the power sector.
According to him, it will unlock the potential of the energy mix and promote the integration of renewable energy technologies into the grid system.
Speaking at the ongoing Nigeria Energy Conference and exhibition in Lagos, Adelabu said the Act aims to create an environment that supports sustainable growth and investment in the power industry by focusing on accelerated private investment and the promotion of renewable energy sources.
“As a game-changer that reformed the NESI, the Electricity Act will, undoubtedly, engender increased access to electricity and regulatory oversight, clean energy transition, improved service delivery, and infrastructural developments.
“In particular, the act will stimulate economic growth by creating a conducive environment for investment and competition. It will generate job opportunities, encourage entrepreneurship, and attract foreign direct investments”, he said.
The Minister called on operators in the power sector to intensify their efforts towards improving communication with the general public, emphasising that the Nigerian masses have a lot of roles to play in safeguarding power infrastructure.
He said issues such as vandalism, passing of meters, and damage to TCN and DisCo infrastructure must be addressed holistically to make significant gains in the power sector.
Adelabu emphasised that the power sector is a cornerstone for economic growth in the country and that the gains made over the years in the power sector can only be consolidated by unlocking equity investments and funds for power development.
He said: “Of course, a lot of investment is required in the power sector. In three weeks, I’ve seen humongous investments that have come into this sector.
“But what are the steps that are required for those investment opportunities to reap the benefit of those investments, additional investments in the form of equity and capex need to come into this industry.
“The power sector is not an industry for short-term players to invest in less than two to three years and expect to make maximum benefits.
“The industry requires medium to long-term investments. Investors must understand that the moment we can break even, we will start making profits in the power sector.
Adelabu also urged operators in the NESI value chain to improve their service delivery, adding that Nigeria’s energy expansion plan of 60,000 Megawatts by 2060 is an achievable target.
He, therefore, called on gas companies, GenCos, TCN, and DIScO to showcase their success stories in generating and transmitting power to the last mile that pays for all the segments of operators in the value chain.
‘Nigeria Loses $1.5bn Annually To Malnutrition’
Minister for Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu, has said Nigeria loses $1.5 billion of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually due to micronutrient deficiencies.
Bagudu therefore called for coordinated efforts to ensure a swift response with expected positive outcomes.
A statement released by the Ministry said the Minister disclosed this, last Tuesday, while speaking at the 53rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria in Abuja.
In the statement, Bagudu noted that the government was determined to tackle malnutrition through the inclusion of nutrition in the National Development Plan, and the Nigeria Agenda 2050.
“It is also a commitment to achieving optimal nutrition status for all Nigerians with particular attention to the vulnerable group as highlighted in the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition”, he said.
Bagudu, who urged experts in nutrition in the country to research and develop innovations that will boost nutrition, explained that doing this “would contribute towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring Universal Health Coverage, and bringing about significant positive changes in the nutrition sector in Nigeria”.
He told members of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria “to prioritise innovation and research in the field of nutrition towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage and transformation of the landscape of nutrition in Nigeria.
“Nigeria currently requires nutrition professionals who have extensive knowledge, good communication skills to address nutrition education, emotional intelligence as well and a good understanding of self-motivation and drive to address nutrition dynamics”.
The Minister urged the NSN to embrace technology, leverage digital solutions, and invest in research and development to find sustainable and scalable solutions to Nigeria’s nutrition challenges.
He assured members of the NSN that his ministry would strengthen coordination and provide the required leadership for the nutrition sector.
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, in his goodwill message, said the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) had identified areas of key commitments for the realisation of a healthier citizen and country, including increasing budgetary spending on nutrition and strengthening the nutrition profile.
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