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Don’t come for Christmas, FG tells Nigerians abroad

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As people get ready for end of the year festivities, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians abroad not to bother coming home or risk being stranded in the country should the government restrict international travels.

It also urged Nigerians not to embark on non-essential travels even as it warned them to be weary of end of the year festivities such as Christmas carols.

These resolutions were reached on Monday and passed on to the public by the Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha; its national coordinator, Sani Aliyu; the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the weekly briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.

Mustapaha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said, “We shall continue to remind Nigerians that all non-essential trips should be put off this December. This is for your safety and good health.”

Aliyu advised Nigerians in the Diaspora should not consider coming home, urging them to celebrate Christmas and New Year wherever they are.

He said, “Nigerians outside the country, hopefully they will stay where they are. And for Nigerians in-country, we will also stay where we are.”

The national coordinator said for every 1,000 passengers coming into the country, Nigeria would record 10 positive cases of COVID-19.

He added, “Please, for this period, if your travel is not essential, stay where you are. We are actively discouraging Nigerians abroad from coming home this Christmas because of COVID-19 and the number of infections we have outside the country.

“So, the message is; if you do not want to get stranded, if you do not want to bring COVID-19 to your elderly relatives in Nigeria, please stay where you are. There will be other holidays.”

Ihekweazu said Christmas carols, travels and other gatherings during festivities could blow the virus infection beyind manageable level and urged Nigerians to avoid them as much as possible.

He said, “This is really to re-emphasise the call by the PTF that many of the traditional meetings that we engage in at this time of the year, whether they are Christmas carols or festivals, trips, family gatherings, each of those could end up being a super spreader event. So, we must take this into consideration as we make our choices.”

Ihekweazu said a travel advisory had been issued detailing why both local and international travels must be avoided unless when absolutely necessary.

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Ways and means, new loans increased Nigeria’s debt to N24.3tn – DMO

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Ways and means, new loans increased Nigeria’s debt to N24.3tn – DMO

The rise in Nigeria’s public debt stock currently at N24.3tn is due to new loans, as well as Ways and Means securitisation, the Debt Management Office (DMO) has said.

Director-General of DMO, Patience Oniha, said this in an interview with NAN on Tuesday in Abuja.

On June 20, the DMO announced that Nigeria’s total public debt stood at N121.67 trillion at the end of the first quarter of 2024.

The public debt increased by N24.33 trillion or 24.99 percent from N97.34 trillion reported as of December 2023.

Oniha, speaking on the country’s total debt profile, said the increase in the debt stock was partly due to the securitisation of N4.90 trillion as part of the N7.3 trillion Ways and Means advances approved by the National Assembly.

Other contributors, according to her, are the interest rate, as well as new borrowing of N2.81 trillion as part of the N6.06 trillion provided in the 2024 budget.

“The total public debt as at March 31, showed that the total public debt in naira terms stood at N121.67 trillion compared to N97.34 trillion as at December 31, 2023,” she said.

 

“While detailed information was provided on the data such as the split between external and domestic debt as well as the fact that the debt stock includes the domestic and external debt stock of the 36 states and the FCT, it has become imperative to provide some explanations.

“It is important to recognise the fact that Nigeria has undergone some major reforms which have impacted economic indices such as the dollar/naira exchange rate and interest rates.

“These two, in particular, affect the debt stock and debt service.”

According to Oniha, the total external debt stock was relatively flat at $42.50 billion and $42.12 billion in Q4 2023, and Q1 2024, respectively.

She said, “The naira values were significantly different at N38.22 trillion and N56.02 trillion respectively, representing a difference of N17.8 trillion.”

She said, “This explains the perceived sharp increase of N24.33 trillion in the total debt stock in the first quarter of 2024.

“The difference in the exchange rate for the two periods also explains why in dollar terms, the total debt stock actually declined in the first quarter of 2024 to $91.46 billion.”

The DG said the debt report was however an improvement over the past, before President Bola Tinubu’s government.

She said if foreign exchange impact is removed, “the debt is moderate and within normal limit”.

Oniha urged the Federal Government to prioritise fiscal retrenchment while assuring that the various measures to attract foreign exchange inflows would increase external reserves and support the naira exchange rate.

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Car lovers relish Chery’s special offers at Circle Mall Lekki display

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Car lovers relish Chery’s special  offers at Circle Mall Lekki display

 

Lovers of new modern cars are still talking about their experience at the recent spectacular display of Chery models at Circle Mall, Lekki, Lagos, from June 15 to 18, 2024, many days after the event.

Apart from the unique designs and features of the vehicles showcased at the place, they are particularly thrilled by the exclusive offers to customers including making a down payment of just five million naira (N5m) on any Chery vehicle and enjoying a special five per cent discount throughout June 2024.

This event was organized to celebrate the Guardian Day, a significant occasion in China dedicated to appreciating the love, care, and support parents provide their children.

The centerpiece of the display was Chery’s latest models – the Tiggo 8 Pro, Tiggo 4 Pro, and Tiggo 2 Pro.

Each vehicle attracted significant attention for its blend of cutting-edge technology, sleek design, and unparalleled performance, promising to captivate the Nigerian market, according to a statement by Carloha Nigeria.

It stated, “In conjunction with the celebration, Carloha Nigeria extended an exclusive offer to prospective buyers. Throughout June, customers can make a down payment of just five million naira on any Chery vehicle and enjoy a special 5% discount.

“This initiative is part of Carloha Nigeria’s commitment to making luxury and quality vehicles more accessible to the Nigerian public.”

In addition to the exclusive offers listed above, Carloha Nigeria also said it hoped to further enhance the customer experience with an impressive six years of free service and a comprehensive six-year warranty or 200,000 kilometres, whichever comes first.

This, it said, was to ensure that Chery owners could drive with confidence and peace of mind, knowing their investment has been well protected.

“We are confident that the Chery Tiggo 8, Tiggo 4, and Tiggo 2, will exceed expectations and set new standards in the Nigerian automotive market,” said Mr. Joseph Omokhapue, the Sales and Marketing Director for Carloha Nigeria. He further stated that “Guardian Day is a wonderful opportunity to honour the values of care and support, which resonate deeply with Chery’s commitment to our customers.

Visitors to the Chery display at Circle Mall were delighted with luxurious Chery-branded gift items, adding an extra layer of elegance, appreciation, and engagement for attendees.

The showcased models – the Tiggo 8 Pro, Tiggo 4 Pro, and Tiggo 2 Pro –are said to reflect Chery’s innovative design, advanced technology, and superior performance.

These vehicles are tailored to meet the diverse needs of Nigerian customers, offering a blend of luxury, efficiency, and durability, it stated

It noted that Carloha Nigeria’s presence at Circle Mall not only highlighted the brand’s impressive lineup but also reinforced its commitment to fostering strong relationships with customers through value-added services and customer-centric promotions.

It added that the event at Circle Mall was a resounding success, drawing large crowds and generating significant interest.

It stressed that Carloha Nigeria remains dedicated to providing exceptional value and service, continuing to drive forward the standard of automotive excellence in Nigeria.

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Shell restates commitment to Nigeria’s socio-economic development, gets FRCN award

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Shell restates commitment to Nigeria’s socio-economic development, gets FRCN award

 

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) says it remains unwavering in its commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of Nigeria, especially in its areas of operations in the Niger Delta.

The SPDC Director and Head of Corporate Relations, Igo Weli, disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Weli, represented by the Shell spokesman, Michael Adande, gave the position at a dinner on Friday to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Treasure FM, a member of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) network.

“Our commitment stretches back to the 1950s, with a wide range of programmes supporting education, infrastructure, community electrification, and business empowerment,” he said.

A major highlight of the anniversary dinner was the presentation of the FRCN Award for Consistent Media Partner to Shell Nigeria.

“This award serves as a strong reminder that Shell’s dedication to the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta region remains a cornerstone of our presence in Nigeria.”

The award recognises Shell’s partnership with FRCN, particularly its support for the weekly live programme ‘Canvas: Niger Delta Roundtable’, which fosters crucial discussions on development issues impacting the region.

Weli said, “While the award itself was unexpected, it reinforces the value of initiatives like Canvas.

“This recognition motivates us to keep promoting development, not just in our operational areas but across the entire nation.”

Canvas: Niger Delta Roundtable has since 2017 aired twice weekly on different radio stations in the Niger Delta with live online streaming.

It dedicates an hour in exploring topics relevant to the development of the region and its people.

General Manager, FRCN Treasure FM Port Harcourt, Fred Onyeka Nwaulune, commended Shell’s partnership.

He said, “Shell has been a reliable media partner, consistently educating the Niger Delta region on the importance of dialogue for development and peaceful solutions.

“Their programme aligns perfectly with FRCN’s focus on sustainable development.”

He noted that through the dialogue radio programme, Shell had demonstrated a continued focus on driving progress and positive change in the Niger Delta and beyond.

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