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Restriction ’ll Check Arbitrary Activities In Forex -Experts

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Some financial experts have said that the new directive to stop sales of dollars by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to bureau de change operators would check illegal activities in the market.
They told newsmen in Lagos that the decision might be due to some suggestions by IMF Managing Director, Ms Christine Largarde, during her visit to Nigeria.
The country’s external reserves dropped to 28.19 billion dollars on Jan. 8 from 29.07 billion dollars on Dec. 31, 2015, a reduction of 88 million dollars in the first week of 2016.
Largarde, during a four-day visit to the country, had directed the CBN to be flexible in its foreign exchange operations.
Mr Sewa Wusu, Head, Research and Investment Advisory at Sterling Capital, said the CBN decision was part of the measures to reduce the pressure on the nation’s foreign reserves.
Wusu said although the new decision was a big task, the overall health of the economy was important.
He said that the country could not afford to remain in the current situation.
On the directive on deposit of dollar into domiciliary accounts, the economist said the development would increase the level of dollar deposits in banks.
He said that the directive would also put an end to round-tripping and rent seeking as dollar demand from the system would reduce.
Wusu said the liberalisation of the interbank market was necessary to stabilise the foreign exchange market.
“The CBN has to rationalise the foreign exchange to ensure that the reserves do not continue to deplete further due to decline in revenue earnings from crude oil.
“Although, there might be slight pressure on the parallel market, but this will reduce later as the market stabilises.
“We are moving towards a regime of flexibility where the demand and supply would determine the value of the naira,” he said.
Mr Samuel Nzekwe, a former President of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), said the decision was long over-due.
Nzekwe said that Bureau de Change operators (BDCs) all over the world were not sourcing their foreign exchange from their central banks.
He said that BDCs in many countries were only allowed to attend to foreign exchange demands of light travelers which they got from visitors into the country.
Nzekwe said some Nigerians were jailed in the past for patronising BDCs before their activities were legalised.
Mr Kunle Ezun , a currency analyst at EcoBank Nigeria, said the actions of the CBN were aimed at reducing the pressure on the naira at the foreign exchange market.
“The naira has depreciated steadily at the parallel market in the last two months.
“It weakened to a new low level of N282 to the dollar on Jan. 11 due to the new directive of the CBN on foreign exchange sales to the BDC.
“By removing the restriction on foreign currency and cash deposits, the CBN has provided a platform for Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to re-engage forex customers.
“The aim of mopping up foreign currency cash outside the banking system is for effective monetary policy operations”.
Ezun, however, said the foreign exchange inflow remained a big issue that the CBN needed to address in order to consolidate its efforts on foreign exchange management.
“The BDC market represents a small component of the forex market, but has high distribution network that cannot be wished away by the regulator.
“Instead of an outright stoppage of forex sale, perhaps the CBN could have identified the erring BDCs for appropriate sanctions, while others are monitored real-time for compliance with the extant law’’.
The analyst, however, added that the lack of any comment on telegraphic transfers, foreign cash notes and the two way quote market could further limit the positive impact of the new policies.

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Firm Launches New Radio Campaign For Product

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An oil and gas firm, 11 Plc, has launched a new jingle for its mobil super lubricants.
The firm in a statement recently indicated that it is the sole distributor of Mobil fuel and lubricant brands in Nigeria, noting that the radio campaign was aimed at making the brand Nigerian customers’ choice.
“The campaign, which hit the airwaves three weeks ago, was launched to create fresh awareness for all category users of the premium lubricants during the Easter and Ramadan period and beyond”, the statement said.
According to the firm, Mobil Superbrand is a global family of premium passenger vehicle engine oils that provides different levels of protection to match whatever conditions users of the products may encounter.
The company said its vision was to be the number one business group in Nigeria in terms of sustained service, quality and reliability and the first brand of preference by the consumers whilst conducting operations with high safety standards and environmental compliance.
It added that it aimed to provide the best in class products, services and solutions to customers with a focus on safety and environmental standards.

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Arik Air Explains Flight Cancellation In PH Airport

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Arik Airline has clarified that the incident that resulted in passengers getting stranded at Port Harcourt Airport last Tuesday was due to adverse weather conditions.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Manager of the airline, Adebanji Ola.
Some passengers of the Arik Air had expressed frustration over being left stranded at Port Harcourt Airport after their flight to Lagos was abruptly cancelled.
The affected passengers, scheduled for the flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos State, got upset by the development, and took to social media platforms to express their grievances.
Nevertheless, the airline had in the statement, reiterated its commitment to safety, highlighting its strict policy to avoid flying in inclement weather conditions, which they said had necessitated the cancellation of the affected flight.
It extended its apologies to customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the unforeseen circumstances, reaffirming its dedication to prioritising passenger welfare.
“We are aware of a recent story circulated in social media alleging that passengers were left stranded at Port Harcourt Airport under our care. It is imperative that we provide clarity on this matter to rectify any misconceptions.
“In the evening of Tuesday, April 2, 2024, our flight W3 744 Lagos-Port Harcourt was compelled to make an air return due to adverse weather conditions, specifically heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in Port Harcourt.
“Consequently, both the Lagos-Port Harcourt (W3 744) and Port Harcourt-Lagos (W3 745) flights had to be cancelled.
“It is crucial to note that by the time of the cancellation, our banking facilities at the airport had ceased operations, rendering funds unfeasible at that moment.
“However, the passengers were promptly briefed on the situation and advised to return the following day for re-protection on available flights”, it stated.
The statement added that on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, all the affected passengers from both Lagos and Port Harcourt were successfully accommodated on available morning and evening flights.

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Settlement On Course For Redundancy Benefits – Aero Airline 

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The Aero Contractors Airline has affirmed  its commitment to clear the remaining five per cent of redundancy benefits owed its workers.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Captain Ado Sanusi, in a press release said the firm was intensifying efforts to address outstanding financial commitments.
He faulted the move by workers union, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), to issue a press statement, despite ongoing efforts to resolve the issue amicably.
“This should not be an opportunity for disharmony, dialogue is a process. There was a letter written, there was a process agreed upon, and all of a sudden they went to the press. We are ready to resolve the issue”, the CEO stated.
NAAPE had recently issued a letter threatening to go on a protest over non-payment of outstanding redundancy benefits to its members.
The group accused the management of Aero Contractors of depriving the affected former workers access to their entitled benefits.
The protest letter, addressed to the management of the airline, read in part: “Consequent upon the avalanche of complaints received from our members who have been deprived of their fundamental entitlements and denied the rightful collection of their redundancy benefits in the last seven years and given the anguish and mental agonies suffered by them, We are compelled, as responsible representatives of these eminent men/women, including the dead, to protest through this letter and express our bitterness over management’s seeming lackadaisical attitude, insincerity and insensitivity to the continued wellbeing of these great Nigerians”.
The Aero CEO, however, clarified that in the last seven years, the company has paid approximately 95 per cent of the redundancy benefits.
“We should be given credit because this management initiated the process of paying off redundancy. We want our prospective investors to understand that we are a very responsible company, and we take our obligations seriously, not only for staff but also in other areas.
“We update them on a day-to-day basis to ensure business continuity. It is a very tough environment in which we are operating”, he said.
Sanusi stressed the importance of maintaining transparency and communication with stakeholders throughout the process.
He said despite challenges posed by fluctuating exchange rates and fuel costs, Aero Contractors remained steadfast in its efforts to uphold its obligations and ensure business continuity.

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