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Bauchi Entrepreneurs Decry Impacts Of Fuel Subsidy Removal

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Entrepreneurs in Bauchi State have decried the adverse impacts of the removal of fuel subsidy on the level of patronage of their products.

The entrepreneurs spoke in separate interviews on Friday in Bauchi.

Mr Ugochuwkwu Daniel, a soft drinks and wine seller, said that the fuel subsidy removal had impacted negatively on his business.

He attributed this to the increase in the price of goods following the hike in transportation fares.

“The cost of transportation is high and there is no way you will go and buy goods with high in the cost of transportation without increasing the price of your goods as well.

“We are suffering from this whole thing right now as people are no longer coming to buy because of the increase in the price of the goods and the high cost of transportation,” he said.

Daniel, who recounted how he used to sell goods worth N100,000 daily before the removal of the fuel subsidy, said he now barely sells up to N50,000 daily.

He called on the Federal Government to urgently roll out palliative measures to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal on the masses.

Similarly, Olayemi Abisayo, a computer centre and Point of Sale (POS) operator, decried low patronage of customers since the removal.

Abisayo, also a beverage seller, who blamed the trend on the high cost of transportation, revealed that he was making up to N30,000 per day, compared to now where he hardly makes up to N10,000.

However, a Poultry owner, Mr Oluwaseun Aremu, had a contrary view saying that he was yet to feel any negative impact of the removal on his business.

Aremu said he was in support of the removal by the Federal Government.

According to him, even though the cost of transportation had increased, he has also increased the price of his products to meet up with the cost of transportation.

“I am in support of the removal of the fuel subsidy but the government should explain more of the benefits to the masses.

“The government should also come up with measures to help the masses who are feeling the hit of the removal most.

“To me, I cannot say I really feel the negative impact but the only impact is increase in transportation fares which I have also incorporated in the price of my products so as not to be running at a loss.

“For instance, before the removal of the fuel subsidy, a crate of eggs was sold at the rate of N1,700 but now I sell it for N2,000 and N2,100 respectively,” he said.

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Dangote Crashes Diesel Price To N1,000 Per Litre

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In an unprecedented move, Dangote Petroleum Refinery has announced a further reduction of the price of diesel from 1200 to 1,000 naira per litre.

While rolling out the products, the refinery supplied at a substantially reduced price of N1,200 per litre three weeks ago, representing over 30 per cent reduction from the previous market price of about N1,600 per litre.

This significant reduction in the price of diesel, at Dangote Petroleum Refinery, is expected to positively affect all the spheres of the economy and ultimately reduce the high inflation rate in the country.

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Dangote Advocates Local Content Development At Kaduna Fair

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President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has said that the Dangote Industries Limited, DIL, is a trail blazer of local content values.

DIL, under the visionary leadership of the foremost Business man, Aliko Dangote, has been championing the cause of local content and contributing significantly to the economic growth of Nigeria and the African continent as a whole.
He was represented at the ongoing Kaduna International Trade Fair by his Special Adviser, Fatima Wali-Abdulrahman.
She said local content, at its core, is about harnessing the potential within a country’s borders for the benefit of its people.
“By investing in local industries, talent, and resources, DIL does not only create jobs but also empower communities and foster sustainable economic growth”
She said that the aim is to commit to deepening local content values across its various business sectors in line with the theme of the 45th series of the Kaduna Trade Fair- Sustainable Economic Recovery Through Deepening of Local Content Value Chain
Mrs Fatima reiterated that Dangote Industries sources it’s limestone locally, and is adjudged the biggest employer of local labour in Nigeria, and now refining its crude to bring succor to Nigerians.
Dangote Group has made substantial investments in industrialization- from cement to sugar, from salt to agriculture and more recently oil & gas, all strategically positioned to leverage local resources and contribute significantly to the nation’s GDP with resounding results like the creation of employment, skills enhancement, capacity building, etc.
She noted that in the area of Philanthropy, Dangote would continue to support the people and government of Kaduna State and Nigeria through the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF).
“In addition to these domestic contributions, the Dangote Group has expanded its footprint across the African continent, promoting regional economic integration and positioning Nigeria as a key player in intra-Africa trade.
She described the theme of this year’s trade fair as a clarion call for aNigerians to prioritize and deepen commitment to local content values as the Group stands as a shining example in this regard

While congratulating the Council Members of KADCCIMA, Kaduna State Government and the people of the state for hosting yet another successful Trade Fair, she enjoined all and sundry to visit Dangote pavilion and take advantage of its numerous innovative products.
President of KADCCIMA, Ishaya Idi in his comments said this year’s theme focuses attention on a critical economic game changer.
“The chamber has noted with great concern that despite the abundance of solid minerals, agricultural commodities and raw materials, our nation continues to lose billions of dollars annually on account of lack of value addition in its handling, production and export processes
“Focus is placed more on instant profits from exporting raw materials. with low level of value chain addition
Idi expressed gratitude to Aliko Dangote for the unending support to KADCCIMA
“The chamber has enjoyed the partnership and support of Dangote Group in promoting the competitiveness of our nation in the global market arena through aggressive value chain development.
The new Dangote Dangote Refinery, reported to be one of the largest in the world with daily capacity of upto 650,000 barrels per day is more than twice the daily consumption of Nigeria, even as Dangote fertilizer continues to make local and international farmers happy due to its high quality
The chamber therefore congratulated the President of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote for the tremendous progress recorded by the conglomerate, Mr. Idi stated.

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2023: Dangote Cement Increases Shareholder’s Dividend By 50%, To N30 Per Share

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…sales from African subsidiaries rose by 12.7%

In line with the promise of Chairman, Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote at the company’s 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM), of an enhanced return on Investments to all the shareholders and other stakeholders in Dangote Cement, Plc, the company’s Management for the year ended December 31, 2023, has proposed an increase in the dividend payout to the shareholders, by 50 percent, to N30 per share.

The proposed increase in dividend is subject to ratification by the shareholders at the forthcoming, AGM. Proposing a dividend of N30 per share at a period when many firms are declaring losses is an indication of the resilience of Dangote Cement and the prospects it holds for investors.

A breakdown of the results indicated that Africa’s largest cement manufacturer recorded improvement in all performance measurement indicators with group revenue rising by 36.4 percent to ₦2,208.1 billion while Profit after tax (PAT) was up by 19.2 percent to ₦455.6 billion. Earnings per share went up by 18.8 percent at ₦26.47.

Dangote Cement is garnering more market share across the continent with pan-Africa volumes going up by 12.7 percent to 11.3Mt.

Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement, Arvind Pathak speaking on the results said “This positive full-year outcome is a combination of the strength in the diversity of our operations across Africa and our sustained drive to contain cost amidst an accelerating inflationary environment. The Group achieved double-digit growth in revenue at ₦2,208.1 billion, while Group EBITDA reached a record high, increasing 25.1 percent to ₦886.0 billion.

Despite the challenging macroeconomic conditions, 2023 was yet another testament to the effectiveness of our diversification strategy. Our diverse operations acted as a cushion, providing resilience to country-specific risks. Pan-African volumes were up 12.7 percent and now account for 41.2 percent of Group volume. Consequently, pan-African revenue increased by a record 123.2 percent to ₦925.9 billion, while EBITDA surged by over four-fold to ₦263.7 billion.”

He added, “In response to the heightened inflationary environment, we implemented new and innovative business strategies that helped to drive up revenues, contain costs, and protect margins. These initiatives included fuel mix optimisation, propelling the use of alternative fuels to replace more expensive fossil fuels. We also began the phased transition from diesel power trucks to full Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks.

Looking ahead, following the commissioning of our 0.45Mta grinding plant in Takoradi, we are focusing on our “export to import” strategy in West and Central Africa, while concurrently optimising assets in Eastern Africa. Our strategy remains centered on enhancing our value proposition through the production of high-quality cement and delivering sustainable value to our stakeholders.”

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