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3,000 Nigerians Lost Millionaire Status In 10yrs – Report

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The giant of Africa, Nigeria, believed to be the largest economy in the continent, has experienced negative millionaire growth of 30 per cent from 2012 to 2022, resulting in 2,949 individuals losing their millionaire status in one decade.
This is according to the 2023 Africa Wealth Report compiled by Henley and Partners.
According to the report, Africa’s ‘Big 5’ wealth markets include South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco.
“Together, they account for 56 per cent of Africa’s high-net-worth individuals and over 90 per cent of the continent’s billionaires”, it partly read.
The wealth categories are split into millionaires—individuals with a net worth above $1m; centimillionaires—individuals with a net worth above $100m and billionaires—individuals with a net worth above $1bn.
South Africa has 37,800 millionaires, 98 centimillionaires and 5 billionaires.
Egypt came second with 16,100 millionaires, 54 centimillionaires and 8 billionaires, while Nigeria ranked third with 9,800 millionaires, 27 centimillionaires and four billionaires. Kenya has 7,700 millionaires, 15 centimillionaire and no billionaires. Morocco has 5,800 millionaires, 28 centimillionaire and four billionaires.
Others include Mauritius (4,900 millionaires, 10 centimillionaire and no billionaire), Algeria (2,800 millionaires, eight centimillionaire and one billionaire), Ethiopia (2,700 millionaires, four centimillionaire and no billionaire), Ghana (2,600 millionaires, five centimillionaire and no billionaire) and Tanzania (2,400 millionaires, six centimillionaire and one billionaire).
However, total high-net-worth individual numbers in Africa fell by 12 per cent between 2012 and 2022. The continent currently has 138,000 millionaires, 328 centimillionaires and 23 billionaires.
Performance was constrained by poor growth in the three largest African markets, South Africa, Egypt, and Nigeria, which saw 21 per cent, 25 per cent and 30 per cent of negative growth.
Within that period, the report revealed that “Rwanda was the top performing market in Africa, with millionaire growth of 72 per cent, followed by Mauritius, the Seychelles, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Morocco and Kenya’s high-net-worth individual populations also grew solidly”.
Meanwhile, “Ethiopia and Ghana, whose millionaire populations had been growing rapidly until 2019, have struggled over the past few years, which pulled back their 10-year growth rates”.
Although five out of Africa’s top 20 saw a decline in their wealth in the past decade, none was more significant than Nigeria’s where 30 per cent of the wealthiest individuals fell below the million-dollar mark.
Aliyu Ilias is a development economist, told journalists that the decline is a natural result of several factors, including poorly-implemented government policies, the Covid-19 pandemic and soaring inflation experienced in the past eight years of the Buhari regime.

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FG Launches Blueprint For Africa’s Digital Trade

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched a comprehensive strategy to spearhead Africa’s digital trade revolution, aligning with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) framework.
The initiative, a key component of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, is aimed at leveraging trade as a driver of economic growth and continental unity in accordance with AfCFTA’s objectives.
According to Vice President Kashim Shettima, in his X handle (formerly twitter), “Nigeria is in a unique position to spearhead the continent’s technological transformation”.
He said the strategy includes implementing AfCFTA’s Digital Trade Protocol, developing technical talent hubs, enhancing digital infrastructure investments, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.
Shettima stated this while delivering a keynote address during a stakeholders’ summit with the theme, “Digital Trade in Africa: The Renewed Hope Strategy”, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Vice President emphasised the need for public-private sector synergy and assured continued government investment in digital infrastructure and human capital development.
On his part, the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijjani, highlighted the Tinubu administration’s substantial investments in all aspects of the digital trade protocol, aiming at harnessing opportunities both in Nigeria and across the continent.
He stated that innovative policies and programmes, such as the Three Million Technical Talent programme, the data protection policy, and increased investments in digital infrastructure, were equipping Nigeria’s young population for current and future opportunities.
Tijjani stressed the critical role of technology in facilitating trade across Africa, noting that the unprecedented opportunities within the single market area could be best leveraged through effective collaboration and networking enabled by digital technology.

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Oil Bearing Communities Okay Exploration In Ogoni Adopt Indigenous Company

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A body under the auspices of Ogoni Oil Bearing Communities has resolved that oil exploration should commence in Ogoni.
The body also adopted an indigenous company, Ogoni Royal Resources and Energy Limited, to operate the Ogoni oil fields located within the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11.
The adoption followed a motion moved by a prominent community leader in the area, Chief Sylvester Kogbara, during a meeting of Ogoni oil producing communities, at Kpite, in Tai Local Government Area of the State.
The decision of the body to adopt an Ogoni indigenous company to explore oil in Ogoni was  taken by the stakeholders after a motion by Chief Sylvester Kogbara from Bodo Community, based on the provisions of the Local Content Act which empowers indigenous firms to participate in oil exploration activities.
Kogbara said: “That the Ogoni Royal Resources and Energy Limited has been adopted as the only indigenous company to mine, process, export and extract oil and gas from Ogoniland. I so move”.
In his address at the meeting, President of Ogoni Oil Bearing Communities (OOBC), Chief Donald Gberesuu, described as unfortunate, the plights and act of marginalisation of the oil bearing communities in the area in the scheme of things perpetrated by certain Ogonis he described as “greedy”, and the Nigerian government.
Gberesuu said: “The plights and act of marginalisation of the Ogoni Oil Bearing Communities in the scheme of things by certain greedy Ogonis and the Nigerian State, is quite unfortunate.
“The oil bearing communities are not subservient and shall not relegate our responsibilities to middlemen and interrupters who are fronting greed and usurpation of common opportunities.
“The Ogoni oil bearing communities hold title to our lands as individuals and as community who should decide the usage of their land, in respect of the oil beneat”.
The body cautioned against division in the rank and file of Ogoni and called for unity of purpose among the people to actualise the objectives of the Ogoni struggle.
Earlier in his remark, the host of the meeting, HRM, King  Samuel Nnee, had declared that the meeting was for the Oil bearing communities to deliberate on issues of development concern, especially on oil exploration resumption in Ogoni.

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Customs Alerts Nigerians On Online Auction, Recruitment Fraudsters 

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has warned the public to be wary of  fraudsters using the name of the Service to perpetrate illegal activities on the social media.
Speaking against the background of advertorials on the social media by some unknown persons indicating that the NCS is currently auctioning some seized items, including vehicles and essential items.
In a statement by the National Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, the NCS said the fraudsters have been exploiting public trust and ignorance to promote fictitious auctions and sham recruitment exercises supposedly endorsed by the Service.
It stated that, “The attention of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has been brought to the escalating activities of fraudulent entities preying on unsuspecting individuals through social media platforms, falsely claiming association with the Service for purposes of auctions and recruitment.
“These individuals exploit public trust and ignorance, promoting fictitious auctions and sham recruitment drives supposedly endorsed by the our service.
“The Service wishes to clarify that auctions of seized/overtime goods are never conducted via social media platforms.
“Any such claims on social media should be treated as fraudulent and promptly reported. All seized/overtime goods have a laid-down Standard Operating Procedure, SOP, for disposal in line with the Nigeria Customs Service Act  2023.
“It is pertinent to state that the only portal for e-auction in NCS is http://auction.nigeriatradehub.gov.ng.
“For authentic updates about the operations of NCS, we strongly encourage the public to verify information exclusively through the NCS website, www.customs.gov.ng.
“Our commitment remains unwavering in protecting the public from fraudulent activities. We implore all Nigerians to exercise vigilance and prudence when approached with unverified offers or announcements as  regards NCS auctions or recruitment”.

“Any suspicious activities should be reported to any nearby customs formations”.

Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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