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Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria PMI: New orders fall amid record rise in input costs


The Nigerian private sector dipped into contraction in October as a record increase in input costs impacted customer demand. Sharply rising prices also discouraged firms from purchasing inputs and caused delays in the completion of orders. On a more positive note, employment continued to rise amid company expansion plans.

 

Stanbic IBTC Bank Nigeria PMI: New orders fall amid record rise in input costs

 

 

The headline figure derived from the survey is the Stanbic IBTC Purchasing Managers’ Index™ (PMI®). Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions on the previous month, while readings below 50.0 show a deterioration. The headline PMI dropped below the 50.0 no-change mark for the first time in seven months in October, thereby signaling a deterioration in business conditions in the private sector. At 49.1, the index was down from September’s reading of 51.1 and signaled a slight worsening of operating conditions.

 

 

Central to the challenges for firms in October was the sharpest rise in overall input prices since the survey began almost a decade ago. Purchase costs were up rapidly, largely due to currency weakness but also the lingering impacts of the removal of the fuel subsidy. Meanwhile, the extent of the rise in living costs, particularly those related to transportation, led companies to increase their staff pay markedly in October. Moreover, the rate of inflation hit a new survey peak. With input costs rising rapidly, firms in Nigeria increased their own selling prices accordingly.

 

 

The pace of inflation quickened from September and was one of the sharpest on record. The steep inflationary environment acted to depress customer demand in October. New business decreased at a solid pace, thereby ending a six-month sequence of growth for the second time in the past three months and to the largest extent since the cash crisis earlier in the year. Lower new orders and high prices for inputs led companies to reduce their purchasing activity for the first time in seven months.

 

 

In some cases, an inability to secure inputs led to delays in the completion of projects. Elsewhere, customers had missed payments. As a result, backlogs of work increased for the second month running, and to the largest extent since February. The build-up of outstanding business was signaled despite a further rise in employment. Staffing levels were up for the sixth month in a row, and at a solid pace.

 

According to respondents, job creation often reflected business expansion plans. Hopes to expand operations and open new branches meanwhile helped to support optimism in the year-ahead outlook for output, although sentiment remained historically muted. Finally, suppliers’ delivery times shortened again in October, with improved vendor performance linked to competition among suppliers, prompt payments and relatively quiet road conditions.

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FRN vs Ali Bello: Court Shifts trial till March 14, warns EFCC to be diligent in prosecution

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FRN vs Ali Bello: Court Shifts trial till March 14, warns EFCC to be diligent in prosecution

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has shifted further trial in the charges against Ali Bello and Suleiman Daudu till March 14 with a
warning to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to be diligent in the conduct of the trial.

 

 

FRN vs Ali Bello: Court Shifts trial till March 14, warns EFCC to be diligent in prosecution

 

The Court, while granting accelerated hearing, threatened to close the charges against the defendants if the prosecution does not do due dilligence.

Justice James Omotoso, who issued the warning on Friday, asked the anti-graft agency to always get all its witnesses and exhibits ready on adjourned dates so as to avoid delay.

He warned that he would not tolerate lackadaisical attitude from any of the parties in the matter while shifting resumption of trial to March 14, 15, 20 and 21 .

Justice Omotoso also directed the defendants to keep further objections against the trial at abeyance, especially to the final address stage.

The Judge, who made this observation while ruling in a motion on notice filed by Suleiman Daudu challenging the amended charges, however, refused to quash the 17-count amended charge, involving alleged money laundering.

The court also declined to transfer the trial of the two defendants to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, in line with the argument of the 2nd defendant through his counsel, Mr Jimoh Nureni, SAN, that since the alleged offence was committed in Lokoja, the proper and appropriate venue for trial should be at the Federal High Court in Lokoja.

The judge noted that the Federal High Court in Nigeria was one and that trial of any matter could be prosecuted in any of its divisions.

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Olabode Olawuyi:s Dedication, Passion Will Forever Serve As An Inspiration To Us All-NBCA

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Olabode Olawuyi:s Dedication, Passion Will Forever Serve As An Inspiration To Us All-NBCA

 

 

 

The Nigeria Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (NBCA) has stated that the dedication and passion of Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, the late veterinary technologist killed by a lion at the Zoological Garden of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), would forever serve as an inspiration.

 

 

Olabode Olawuyi:s Dedication, Passion Will Forever Serve As An Inspiration To Us All-NBCA

 

NBCA stated this in a statement released on Wednesday, February 21, adding that Olawuyi’s dedication to his chosen field shone for all to see.

In the statement signed by Mr. Dipo Bali, NBCA said that it was deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Olawuyi, who was the former Public Relations Officer for the National Zoological Agency (NAZAP).

“In memory of Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, we pledge to redouble our efforts towards promoting responsible wildlife management practices and fostering a robust safety culture within the zoological and animal care fields. His dedication and passion will forever serve as an inspiration to us all.”

The group which described the deceased as a pillar of the Nigerian zoological community, also noted that he was lauded for his unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation and exceptional service.

“He had dedicated years to the OAU Zoological Garden, providing exemplary care to its resident lion, whom he had nurtured since its birth. NBCA acknowledges the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Olawuyi’s passing.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his grieving family, friends, and colleagues at OAU during this difficult time. Our unwavering support stands with them as they navigate this profound loss.

“As an organization dedicated to wildlife protection and preservation in Nigeria, we recognize the inherent risks associated with working with wild animals. We remain steadfast in advocating for the strictest adherence to safety protocols and established guidelines to ensure the well-being of both wildlife caretakers and the animals under their care.*

Also, NBCA said that it remains committed to closely monitoring the situation and collaborating with relevant authorities to prevent similar tragedies from unfolding in the future, while also extending its unwavering support to the OAU Zoological Garden and its staff during this period of immense loss.

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Teon Engine Revolutionizes African Marketing with Data-Driven Innovations

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Teon Engine Revolutionizes African Marketing with Data-Driven Innovations

 

 

Teon Engine, the innovative Nigerian arm of Precise Platforms (a leading marketing communications company in Nigeria), is shattering outdated traditional marketing strategies with its intelligent, data-driven solutions. Forget dusty old playbooks – they’re throwing open the doors to a new era of “Turning on the Market” through creativity and cutting-edge technology.

 

Teon Engine Revolutionizes African Marketing with Data-Driven Innovations

 

 

Nestled in the heart of Lagos’ vibrant tech hub, Teon Engine doesn’t just talk innovation, it embodies it. Its arsenal? The Teon Suites, a suite of meticulously crafted tools designed to empower brands at every stage of their marketing journey. This isn’t just storytelling, it is storyselling.

Its comprehensive suite of “MarTech” solutions is designed to empower brands across every stage of the marketing journey. One of such is the TrendTeon. This innovation isn’t the average social listening tool. TrendTeon acts as a campaign aggregation platform, facilitating direct connections between brands and influencers. Forget sifting through endless profiles – both parties can easily find ideal partners, streamlining collaboration and maximizing efficiency. https://trendteon.com

PollTeon, another innovative tool from Teon Engine is designed to crave audience insights. PollTeon serves as your opinion-gathering powerhouse. Craft engaging polls, collect valuable data, and analyze results with ease. It also enables users to share their findings seamlessly and gain a deeper understanding of their target audience. https://pollteon.com

On the other hand, SurveyTeon enables users to dive deeper with and positioned to be a researcher’s dream tool. It designs dynamic surveys with diverse question types, gather high-quality data, and extract meaningful insights to inform your next steps. https://surveyteon.com

The Teon Suites are more than just tools. Teon Engine’s power lies in its combination of technology and human expertise. Funke Ogunsina, Chief Operating Officer, highlights this transformative approach: “Teon Engine represents a paradigm shift in African marketing communications. We blend cutting-edge technology with deep strategic expertise, empowering brands to unlock their full potential and truly ‘Turn on the Market’.”

Ogunsina emphasizes Teon Engine’s commitment to pushing boundaries saying “We operate under the ‘FURTHER FORWARD’ ideology, constantly pushing boundaries and unlocking new possibilities for clients. Marketing communication needs continuous reinvention, and we’re here to lead the charge.”

Teon Engine is already making waves, partnering with Prof Tunji Azeez an astute professor in LASU, Marketing Edge the leading marketing news platform in Nigeria and so many other collaborations and partnership are in the works and will be announced subsequently. With its data-driven approach, powerful tools, and dedication to growth, Teon Engine is poised to be a game-changer in the African marketing landscape. They’re not just telling brand stories, they’re empowering brands to become active participants in the conversation, one click, one insight, one connection at a time.

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