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Dangote Lists Out Plans To Control High Prices Of Cement

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Dangote Cement Plc has said she is commitment to meet the demand gap and ensure the availability of cement products across the country.

The Group Chief Sales and Marketing Director of Dangote Cement, Mr Rabiu Umar, said this in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Noting that Nigeria had moved from importing cement to becoming an exporter of the product, Umar explained that the demand for cement rose globally as a fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

He stated: “Nigeria is no exception as a combination of monetary policy changes and low returns from the capital market has resulted in a significant increase in construction activity.

“We got into COVID-19 last year and immediately after that there is a surge in demand and this is not particular to Nigeria alone. A couple of countries across the world are also experiencing the same; Mexico, South East Asia among others.”

According to Umar, the line is waiting for the power plant to commence operation.

He said: “We have a new plant in Okpella in Edo state that is also going to start operation very soon.  For the last couple of years one of our plants in Gboko, Benue state has not worked; we have re-started the plant all in a bid to make sure that there is enough production.

“We have also increased the capacity of our Obajana plant and very soon, I am sure the market will be flooded with enough products. You also need to note that other operators are also increasing their capacity. In every business, what drives the price is the demand and supply.

“As a business, we have not increased our price up until this point. So, what has happened in price increment in the cement products are forces of demand and supply.”

Umar advised that it would be important to distinguish Dangote’s ex-factory prices from prices at which retailers sell cement in the market.

“We are buying these trucks and putting them out there to make sure that the distribution is also taken care of. “This new development will lead to additional thousands of direct jobs in the country; apart from both direct and indirect jobs the plants will also create.

“Globally, by the time we are done, we believe that the additional capacity we will put on the market compared to what we have in the market today is probably the size of each of our competitors in terms of the additional volume that we will put in the market.

“And we believe that should help to manage the tension in the country as far as the situation with the skyrocketing prices of cement is concerned,” Umar said.

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CBN warns banks over foreign exchange malpractices

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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has insisted that the FX operating license of any bank or banks that are found guilty of ongoing investigations in foreign exchange malpractices would be suspended for at least a year.

The circular signed today by the Director Trade and Exchange Department, CBN,  Ozoemena Nnaji stated: “In line with the continuing close surveillance of our financial markets in general and the FX market in particular, the CBN wishes to remind all banks that it is their responsibility to not only Know their Customers (KYC requirements) but also Know their customers’ business (KYCB requirements).

“Given these responsibilities and in view of recent occurrences in the market, the CBN would like to remind banks to desist from all and any forms of FX malpractices.

“We wish to reiterate that the FX operating license of any bank or banks that are found culpable with ongoing investigations would be suspended for at least one year. Please note and ensure compliance.”

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Naira hits historic low of 543 against dollar

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The naira has continued to depreciate on the parallel market, selling for N543 to the dollar on Thursday.

The bureau de change operators in Abuja bought dollar at N540, then it was sold for N543.

The British Pound was also sold for £1/N740.

This comes 44 days after the Central Bank of Nigeria barred sale of Forex to all bureau de change operators across the country.

On June 27, 2021, the CBN ended the sales of Forex to BDCs saying the parallel market had become a conduit for illicit Forex flows and graft.

The CBN said it would also no longer process applications for BDC licences in the country.

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Zugacoin hits $87,000 against Bitcoin $41,000

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Zugacoin, a cryptocurrency  founded by Professor Archbishop Sam Zuga AKA Jehovah’s Field Marshall is now trading at the value of 87,000 dollars against Bitcoin 41,000 dollars.
Africans are advised to take advantage of Zugacoin for their financial freedom especially as it is also on binance network SZCB and has been listed on 10 different Exchange including VinDAX and Pancakeswap.
Zugacoin which is barely a year old is currently on 3 different Blockchains, Ethereum, Binance and Samzuga Blockchain.
This is also coming after the first Blockchain Main Net in Africa was successfully launched by the philanthropic cleric.
Samzugacoin Blockchain Mainnetwork And Zugacoin (Zugascan) Explorer, is the first Blockchain Network created from Africa by an African and for Africa tech space.
Archbishop Sam Zuga, who was recently honored as the first Professor of Digital Economy in the world, is focused at providing ways to help every willing average Nigerian to fight poverty and earn a better living.
According to the cleric, the poverty in Nigeria and Africa is artificial and God has given him the ability to alleviate the citizens out of its shackles.
If possible, eradicate it.
Explaining further how he intends to see his mission and vision accomplished, Sam Zuga stated that with ZUGACOIN every willing Nigerian and African should be able to begin their journey into financial freedom.
He also said he would teach Nigerians how to grow money through digital economy principles.

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