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Nigeria’s economy can’t survive second lockdown, MAN, LCCI warn



The Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other economic groups have said Nigeria’s economy is still fragile and cannot survive another lockdown.

They stated this in separate interviews against the reported ride in COVID-19 cases in the country, just as some states including Lago and Kaduna have threatened to shut down their public spaces and the economies if people continued to ignore the recommended guidelines against the virus spread.

Nigeria’s economy slipped back into recession after its gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics in November.

The Federal Government imposed lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory in April this year.

The phase three of the lockdown, which was extended to other parts of the country, ended in September.

But there have been concerns about the increasing coronavirus cases with at least 26 generals and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu, testing positive for the virus. The Nigerian Army had also said a general, Olu Irefin, died of the virus.

The Director-General of the LCCI, Dr Muda Yusuf, in an interview with The PUNCH, said a second lockdown was not wise considering the current state of the economy.

He stated,  “A second lockdown is not advisable.  The social and economic environment is too tense and fragile to withstand the shock of another lockdown. What needs to happen is to intensify the sensitisation and awareness of COVID-19 protocols.  Some subtle enforcement should also be put in place.”

Also, the acting Director-General of MAN, Ambrose Oruche, said the state of health of Nigerians was of paramount importance and the spread of the coronavirus should be prevented.

He, however, noted that it was not advisable for the government to introduce a complete lockdown considering the fragile state of the economy and the need for people to earn a living.

He advised the government to ban large gatherings and enforce the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control protocols like the wearing of facemasks, regular hand washing and observing of social distancing.

President, Nigeria-Malaysia Business Council, Michael Aderohunmu, said it would be counterproductive to lock down the nation’s economy again.

He said, “We are talking about productivity, humans produce and consumed products. You can see the last effect of the lockdown on the economy. Consumption crashed and most products were short in the markets.

“So humans should not be locked down again, rather massive advocacy should be done. If people don’t go to work again, the effect will be devastating on production, consumption and the economy.”

The National Vice President, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, who doubles as the President, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, Billy Gillis-Harry, stated that a lockdown would not mean well for production in Nigeria.


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



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



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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Naira falls to N1,505/$ in parallel market



Naira falls to N1,505/$ in parallel market

The Naira yesterday depreciated in the parallel market to N1,505 per dollar from N1,495 per dollar last weekend. Similarly, the Naira depreciated to N1,490.2 per dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for NAFEM rose to N1,490.2 per dollar from N1,485.53 per dollar last weekend, indicating N4.67 depreciation for the naira. The volume of dollars traded (turnover) in the market fell by 21.4 per cent to $152 million from $193.5 million traded last week Friday.
Consequently, the margin between the parallel market and NAFEM rates widened to N14.8 per dollar from N9.47 per dollar last weekend.

Naira falls to N1,505/$ in parallel market

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