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Capital Market Reacts To MPC Meeting Outcome

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Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed on a downward trend as the market reacted negatively to the outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MPC, at its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, kept benchmark interest rate at 11 per cent and fixed naira exchange rate at N197. MPC also held the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) for commercial banks at 20 per cent. NAN reports that market indicators, following the meeting, dropped by 0.55 per cent due to price losses by some blue chip equities. The market capitalisation shed N45 billion to close at N8.196 trillion against N8.241 trillion recorded on Monday. Similarly, the All-Share Index lost 131.56 points or 0.55 per cent to close at 23,832.08 against 23,963.64 posted on Monday. Alhaji Rasheed Yusuuf, the Managing Director, Trust Yield Securities Ltd., attributed the development to portfolio investors’ reaction to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s retention of naira exchange rate at N197. Yusuuf said that the foreign investors had been clamouring for naira devaluation. He attributed the market trend reversal to activities of portfolio investors that still remained in the market. NAN reports that Nestle topped the losers’ chart, dropping by N16.16 to close at N708.85 per share. Unilever came second with a loss of N2.05 to close at N39.04, while GlaxoSmithKline declined by N1.40 to close at N26.60 per share. Nigerian Breweries fell by N1.16 to close at N101.64, while Stanbic IBTC depreciated by 30k to close at N13 per share. On the other hand, Seplat led the gainers’ chart with N6.34, to close at N170.88 per share. 7UP followed with a gain of N6 to close at N196, while Cadbury gained N1.34 to close at N15.92 per share. Julius Berger improved by N1.10 to close at N43.10, while PZ chalked up 75k to close at N21 per share. Also, the volume of shares traded closed lower with an exchange of 142.85 million shares valued N1.64 million transacted in 3,298 deals. NAN reports that this was in contrast with 215.18 million shares worth N2.10 million exchanged in 3,853 deals on Monday. Zenith Bank, for the second consecutive day, remained the toast of investors, trading 17.82 million shares valued N216.11 million in 234 deals. GT Bank followed with 15.44 million shares worth N246.95 million traded in 282 deals, while FBN Holdings sold 14.51 million shares valued N59.90 million in 301 deals. UBA accounted for 10.22 million shares worth N30.46 million transacted in 125 deals, while Access Bank exchanged 10.12 million shares valued N41.62 million achieved in 109 deals.

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CILT Holds Summit In Oct

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The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT), Nigeria, is billed to hold its summit from October 11 to 12, at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
The summit, which is aimed at promoting Nigeria’s Transport and Logistics Sector, is expected to bring together global transport veterans, lawyers, shipbuilders, bankers, academics, and consultants to discuss latest issues in the logistics and transport sector.
It will focus on logistics and transportation chains perspective with renowned experts presenting papers.
Chairman of the event’s planning committee, Prof. Kayode Oyesiku, revealed this much during a press briefing in Lagos, saying the event would correct Nigeria’s poor logistics performance index (LPI).
According to Prof. Oyesiku, the summit would have robust participation of transport experts from the academics to veterans in operations as quality research papers and thematic sessions will be held.
The conference themed; “Sustainable Innovations in Global Logistics and Transport”, takes into cognisance the fact that Nigeria’s logistics and transport sector is plagued by a myraid of challenges, Oyesiku said.
“The conference will comprise various technical sessions where subject-matter experts will lead conversations primarily aimed at interrogating the future of logistics and transport operations in Nigeria, especially within the context of a rapidly changing service environment, technological innovations and extensive planning dynamics that characterise logistics, transport and supply chain at the present time”, he said.
The Chairman, who was the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the Tai Solarin University of Education, stressed that the conference will attract scores of delegates from within and outside Nigeria, including business leaders, the academia and policy makers.
“This conference will encourage multidisciplinary networks and will provide platforms for academics and professionals to identify and examine the challenges, as well as proffer effective solutions for national logistics and transport operations,” he said.
He observed that LPI of nations is now the yardstick for measuring their economic resilience and competitiveness, noting that nations where LPIs are weak have also been characterised by vulnerable economies with high business risks.
The event will also feature exhibitions of transportation and logistics products from cognate industries and sectors, while availing an opportunity for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for industry stakeholders and providing an excellent platform for networking.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Air Transportation Demand Increases By 103.6% -IATA 

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The world’s apex transport body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has said the global air transportation demand has tremendously increased as at June this year.
The global transportation organisation said passenger data for June 2022 has shown that the recovery in air travel remains strong with a 103.6 per cent rise.
According to the IATA’s research data, which was made available to aviation correspondents, the total traffic in June 2022, which was measured in revenue passenger kilometers, was up 76.2 per cent compared to June 2021.
The report stated that the increase was primarily propelled by the ongoing strong recovery in international traffic in the air transportation.
“Globally, the demand for air transport traffic is now at 70.8 per cent of pre-crisis levels, in the latest research findings”, IATA report stated.
According to the data report, strong improvements in most markets, combined with the easing of some Omicron-related lockdown restrictions in the Chinese domestic market, contributed to the increase in domestic traffic for June 2022, which is reported to be up 5.2 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year.
From the report, total  domestic traffic for June 2022 was at 81.4 per cent, as compared to that of the June 2019 level.
IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, said, “Demand for air travel remains strong. After two years of lockdowns and border restrictions, and people are taking advantage of the freedom to travel wherever they can.”

By: Corlins Walter

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Ticket Racketeers, Touts Resurface In PH Airport

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Flight ticket racketeers, otherwise referred to as touts and fraudsters, that were once flushed out of the Port Harcourt International Airport, have resurfaced with their nefarious activities.
The Tide had initially reported their unwholesome activities when they emerged sometimes last year, which was tackled by the airport’s management.
The phenomenon has taken another bold dimension, as this group of persons carry out their activities more openly right in front of the departure terminal of the domestic wing of the airport.
The Tide observed that some of the old faces known in the act have come back with new recruits. Their slogan has been “I have come to hustle at the airport”.
They usually lead travellers who are not convasant with airport operations away to extort money from them on flimsy issues.
They will, at the first instance, approach their potential victim(s) on the pretence that they will assist in getting travel documents like the boarding pass from the airline, and would make the passenger feel relaxed in the nearby fast food joint, while they make contact with their airline partners for the documents.
Their target is usually to extort the ignorant passenger, as various charges will be hipped on him, like COVID-19 charge, agent fee, and boarding pass charges, which are not official charges of the airline.
The Tide further observed that some innocent passengers who got into their trap sometimes missed or nearly missed their flights, mostly because of argument that would ensue over the alien charges.
When they have succeeded, the money will be shared among them, and the circle continues till the end of the day, after which each of them likely goes home with a reasonable sum.
One of them, fondly called ‘Ime’, who was apprehended by Air-force personnel after he hijacked the sum of N50,000 given to them and ran into the bush, recently, had confessed that he was doing such to hustle for a living.
Although The Tide gathered that his mobile hand-set and other belongings were seised by the Air-force personnel, the said lme was still seen parading himself at the airport.
Meanwhile, the Head of Corporate Affairs at the airport, Mr Kunle Akinbode, could not be reached at the time of filing this report, as he was said to be away for other engagements.

By: Corlins Walter

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