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I won’t stay beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari warns tenure extension advocates

 I won't stay beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari warns tenure extension advocates
President Muhammadu Buhari

*Backs more use of technology in election

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he will not stay in office as President beyond May 29, 2023.

The President has also warned those campaigning for tenure extension for him to desist from such a dangerous journey, saying that he would abide by the constitution he swore to uphold.

This is as he has given tacit support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections.

His expression of support to increase the role of technology in elections came on the heels of the clamor for electronic transmission of results by many Nigerians to make the process credible.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had told the National Assembly and indeed Nigerians that the commission can transmit election results electronically.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying, “I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve by the constitution and leave when my time is up.

“No Tazarce (tenure extension). I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for an unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.”

According to the statement, President Buhari made the vow at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.

Besides the tenure extension issue, the statement further said that the President “tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections.

“He argued that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been cheated of his victory in three previous elections.”

The President said, “After the third so-called defeat, I said, ‘God Dey’. My opponents laughed at me but God answered my prayers by bringing in technology.

“At that point, nobody can steal their votes or buy them.”

READ ALSO: Buhari travels to Saudi Arabia

President Buhari, who ended his visit to the Kingdom with the Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, said he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the same basis.

He gave assurances at the meeting that in the balance of “eighteen months or so of my time left, whatever I can do to improve the life of Nigerians, I will do it for the country.”

The President commended diaspora Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the country well and projecting its good image.

He also used the opportunity to urge citizens at home to be fair to his administration at all times.

He asked the critics to compare the security situations in the North-East and South-South in 2015 and how things have improved as of now.

 “My problem is the North-West where people are killing and stealing from one another.

“I had to be very hard on them and I will continue to be very hard until we put them in line and bring back order,” he said.

For Nigerians in Diaspora

President Buhari urged Nigerians living in the country to respect the laws, remain law-abiding and do nothing to derogate from the many years of friendly and mutually-beneficial relationships between the two countries.

A leader of the community, Dr. Abdulkadir Maikudi, who spoke on behalf of the group requested the President to assist the privately-run Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by equipping it to provide science and technical education.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, and the Consul-General in Jeddah, Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur attested to the good conduct of the nearly 1.5 million Nigerians there.

According to them, “Nigerian professionals are doing well and projecting a good image of our country.”

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I won’t stay in office beyond May 29, 2023, Buhari vows

Buhari writes NASS, to present 2022 budget tomorrow

Buhari writes NASS, to present 2022 budget tomorrow

..Backs more use of technology in election
…Warns tenure extension campaigners to desist

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he will not stay in office as President beyond May 29, 2023.

The President has also warned those campaigning for tenure extension for him to desist from such a dangerous journey, saying that he would abide by the constitution he swore to uphold.

This is as he has given tacit support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections.

His expression of support to increase the role of technology in elections came on the heels of the clamor for electronic transmission of results by many Nigerians to make the process credible.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had told the National Assembly and indeed Nigerians that the commission can transmit election results electronically.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying, “I swore by the Holy Qur’an that I will serve by the constitution and leave when my time is up. No “Tazarce’’ (tenure extension). I don’t want anybody to start talking about and campaigning for an unconstitutional extension. I will not accept that.”

According to the statement, President Buhari made the vow at a meeting in Makkah with a select group of Nigerians resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he just ended a visit.

The statement further said that the President “tacitly expressed support to efforts to increase the role of technology in the nation’s elections, arguing that the introduction of the card reader and electronic register was God’s answer to his prayers, having been cheated of his victory in three previous elections.”

The President said, “After the third so-called defeat, I said, ‘God Dey’. My opponents laughed at me but God answered my prayers by bringing in technology. At that point, nobody can steal their votes or buy them.”

President Buhari, who ended his visit to the Kingdom with the Friday Prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah said he will continue to abide by the constitution in all its ramifications and he will at all times supervise and deal with his ministers on the same basis.

He gave assurances at the meeting that in the balance of “eighteen months or so of my time left, whatever I can do to improve the life of Nigerians, I will do it for the country.”

The President commended diaspora Nigerians in the Kingdom for representing the country well and projecting its good image.

He also used the opportunity to urge citizens at home to be fair to his administration at all times, asking the critics to compare the security situations in the North East and South-South in 2015 and how things have improved as of now.

“My problem is the North West where people are killing and stealing from one another. I had to be very hard on them and I will continue to be very hard until we put them in line and bring back order,” he said.

President Buhari urged Nigerians living in the country to respect the laws, remain law-abiding and do nothing to derogate from the many years of friendly and mutually beneficial relationships between the two countries.

A leader of the community, Dr. Abdulkadir Maikudi, who spoke on behalf of the group requested the President to assist the privately-run Nigerian International School in the Kingdom by equipping it to provide science and technical education.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, and the Consul-General in Jeddah, Ambassador Abdulkarim Mansur attested to the good conduct of the nearly 1.5 million Nigerians there.

According to them, “Nigerian professionals are doing well and projecting a good image of our country.”

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Ayade presents N276 Billion Budget of ‘Conjugated Agglutination’ for 2022

AYADE

By Ike Uchechukwu

Cross River state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade on Friday presented a budget of 276 for 2022 Christened Conjugated Agglutination to the State House of Assembly

According to Gov Ayade 106 billion naira would be for recurrent expenditure while 170 billion naira would be for Capital expenditure.

Governor Ayade who presented a budget size of N276billion said the 2020 budget was lower than others because it is intended to focus on existing projects and not new ones.

Explaining the title of the budget, Ayade disclosed that It’s conjugated agglutination because “it is a cascade of so many projects, back to back to ensure their completion. Putting all together to form a new envelop, that when it explodes you will see a new prosperity agenda.”

The Budget which is markedly different from the previous year, according to the governor, focuses on the completion of ongoing projects like the Obudu Cargo and passengers International Airport, Obudu British/Canadian International School, the Odukpani Junction flyover among many others.

Also constituting the focus of the 2022 budget, Governor Ayade said it seeks to ensure the sustenance of his administration’s policy of regular payment of salaries.

Ayade further stated that the budget was aimed at “crystalizing all other budgets into one With a view to marrying all certainties with reality.

“The Macro economic indices is beyond my control and it a huge challenge that has caused a lot of difficulties for the state,” he said .

Speaking on gratuity of retirees he disclosed that there were plans to set aside between 30 to 50 million naira every month to gratuity and appealed for support of the State house of Assembly for quick approval.

“It is my dream that all retirees gets their gratuity and pensions because someday, we all will grow old,” he said

Vanguard also observed that out of the 25 members of the House of Assembly ,members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party,PDP were absent at the budget presentation.

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PDP Convention: Southwest stakeholders endorse Oyinlola, Ologunagba

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In a last-ditch effort to secure a united front in the national convention to elect national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stakeholders of the party from the Southwest zone have concluded negotiations on candidates to adopt as consensus options.

Sources at the consultative meeting held in Lagos on Wednesday say that the stakeholders have concluded on former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the deputy national chairman (South) and Hon. Debo Ologunagba as the national publicity secretary of the party. Oyinlola and Ologunagba are from Osun and Ondo states respectively.

Leaders of the party who organized the meeting, according to a source, are dissatisfied by the highhanded disposition of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and thereby forging a united position to checkmate the only PDP governor from the region.

The meeting, which was learnt to have been attended by state executive officials and elders from Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states decided to throw their support behind Oyinlola on account that he is competent  and was the first person to signify intention for the position. In addition to that is their claim that the emergence of Oyo State former deputy governor, Taofeek Arapaja was a creation of Governor Makinde.

A source who was part of the meeting said that “majority of party officials from other states in the Southwest are not happy with the way Governor Makinde has handled the affairs of the party. The PDP in the Southwest is one big family and we recognize the fact that the governor is the leader of the party in his state. In the current situation where Governor Makinde is the only PDP governor from the Southwest, we recognize him to be the leader of the party from the zone.

“But leadership requires that you take everybody along. When we organized election for the position of zonal chairman for the PDP in the Southwest, Governor Makinde sponsored Arapaja, and even though a large number of people went against his position, we still delivered his candidate in the person of the self-same Taofeek Arapaja from Oyo State.

“Again, this time around, after we, the stakeholders of the party had micro-zoned the position of the deputy national chairman to Osun State, and with Prince Oyinlola signifying intention for the post, our leader, Governor Makinde went behind us to bring this same Arapaja from Oyo State against our wish. Oyo State alone, is not Southwest and we would have expected that this time around, the governor would generously concede the position of deputy national chairman to someone from another state in the zone but he didn’t do that.

“Now, remember that the Osun State governorship election is next to the 2023 general election. It is one election that is crucial for the PDP to win. We, the stakeholders, believe that Prince Oyinlola, having been governor in Osun State and with records of his achievements in office, should be the person to lead our campaign in the Osun State governorship election. For him to play that role well should require that we, as a political party, recognize the asset that we have in Prince Oyinlola and decorate him with the position of deputy national chairman. He has a more colourful appeal than Ambassador Arapaja in leading campaigns in the Southwest and that is why today, we are all in agreement that Oyinlola should be the most senior party official in the Southwest.

“On Saturday, we will deliver our votes for him and network with our other colleagues and party members from other zones to affirm support for Oyinlola and secure his victory,” a source who pleaded anonymity said.

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PDP ready to rescue Nigeria – Okowa

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

The Chairman of Accreditation Sub-Committee of Saturday’s National Convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday said the planning and outcome of the convention would prove that the party was ready to rescue Nigeria from prevailing challenges. 

Okowa, who is the Governor of Delta, made this known in his remarks at a meeting of the Committee held at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja. 

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He said that PDP was ready to take over leadership at the centre in 2023, emphasizing that the convention would strengthen unity and democracy not only in the party but in the country. 

The committee chairman disclosed that the party had reached consensus on most of the elective positions at the conventionn, adding that only two positions were still open for contest.

He, however, expressed hope that consensus would also apply on the remaining position going by the efforts being made by the leadership of the party. 

The Delta Governor urged members of the committee to uphold transparency, objectivity and fairness in the handling of their responsibilities, saying that the assignment of the committee was the “soul of the convention”. 

He said that only those accredited by the committee would be allowed to vote at the convention, stressing that over-crowding would not be entertained at the venue. 

Okowa restated that the convention would send a signal to the party in power that its time was up, and sued for the support of PDP members in the task of rebuilding the party for greater success.

“I welcome all of you to this meeting and it is my hope that we do our work as diligently as we can so that at the end of the day the PDP will be proud of our work as Accreditation Sub-Committee. 

“Processes must have to be put in place to ensure that only those who were duly accredited will be in a position to vote at the convention. 

“People look up to us and they expect that at the end of the day we would have done what is supposed to be done and done rightly also. 

“If there is trust in the convention, that trust must start from the process of accreditation and we must do the best that we can for this country. 

“We are not expecting to have a contentious convention because we are doing the best that we can within the leadership of the party in trying to ensure that we limit the level of contest at the convention. 

“The PDP believes in building consensus, so we are still talking with the contestants and within the party leadership to see how we can reduce the contest and I believe that we will be able to agree as much as possible,” he stated. 

The governor further remarked that where the party failed to build consensus in some positions as was expected, there would be a contest in the  various positions. 

“As at this morning, it’s only two of the positions that we have not been able to build consensus on at the moment. 

“Every other position we have been able to build consensus. So, we are looking forward to a very peaceful convention that we believe will be able to strengthen our party and send the right message to Nigerians that as a party we are truly prepared to rescue this nation. 

“As a party we must use this convention to prove to show to Nigerians that we are truly prepared to take over governance for the good of our nation and our people. So let’s have that in our heart as we do the work rightly. 

“It is our prayer that every position will not be contested for so that we just walk in and cast the yes votes. 

“But even if we are going to contest for one or two votes we still have to ensure that things are done in such a manner that it is transparent and the whole world will see that we are a democratic party and we are prepared to do the right thing to send the right communication to Nigerians that we are truly prepared for the future,” he added.

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Why Facebook Inc rebrands to Meta ― Zuckerberg

Facebook changes name to Meta

Announce $150 million investment to train next generation of creators

By Juliet Umeh

Social Media Service Provider, Facebook has rebanded its company name to Meta to accommodate more social technologies.

The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, disclosed this on Thursday at Facebook’s Connect 2021 conference.

He explained that other apps and technologies remain the same under the company called Meta while he also announced $150-million investment in immersive learning to train the next generation of creators.

Zuckerberg said: “Our new company brand captures where our company is going and the future we want to help build.

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“We chose “Meta” because it can mean “beyond,” and captures our commitment to building social technologies that take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today.

“We are also introducing a new logo and color to accompany our new company brand. The logo is treated in a blue gradient – as a nod to our heritage.

“It’s designed to be experienced in 3D so that it truly comes to life in the metaverse – where you can move through it and around it.

“Meta’s focus will be to bring the metaverse to life and help people connect, find communities and grow businesses.

“The metaverse will feel like a hybrid of today’s online social experiences, sometimes expanded into three dimensions or projected into the physical world.

“It will let you share immersive experiences with other people even when you can’t be together, and do things together you couldn’t do in the physical world.

It’s the next evolution in a long line of social technologies, and it’s ushering in a new chapter for our company.

“I’m proud of what we’ve built so far, and I’m excited about what comes next — as we move beyond what’s possible today, beyond the constraints of screens, beyond the limits of distance and physics, and towards a future where everyone can be present with each other, create new opportunities and experience new things.

It is a future that is beyond any one company and that will be made by all of us.
“Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can’t possibly represent everything that we’re doing today, let alone in the future.

Over time, I hope that we are seen as a metaverse company, and I want to anchor our work and identity on what we’re building toward.” Zuckerberg said.

Alongside its vision for the metaverse, he also shared more about the progress the company is making today with some of the foundational elements across its Augmented Reality,bAR & Virtual Reality, VR technologies.

The tech giant said: “We also announced new tools to help people build for the metaverse, including Presence Platform, which will enable new mixed reality experiences on Quest 2, and a $150-million investment in immersive learning to train the next generation of creators.

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PDP to hold convention, as Appeal Court quashes Secondus’ application

PDP to hold convention, as Appeal Court quashes Secondus' application
National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus

By Davies Iheamnachor, PORT HARCOURT

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to go on with its planned National Convention unhindered.

This was following the dismissal of the application by the sacked National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, seeking the suspension of the party’s Convention scheduled for October 30 and 31.

The three-man appeal panel led by Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, in a unanimous decision on the application CA/PH/339/2021, held that Secondus’ application was only aimed at distracting the party from going on with the convention.

The panel added that he was targeting to re-contest the same office he was sacked from.

Reading the decision of the court on behalf of the panel, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, recalled that the application which he termed consequential was filled on October 14, and all arguments on the matter taken on the 28th after some amendments.

He recalled that Secondus on two grounds was seeking an Order of Injunction restraining the PDP from holding the Convention, pending the hearing and determination of his sacking, and an order directing parties to the appeal to maintain Status Quo Ante Bellum that was before the 22nd of August 2021, when he as the National Chairman of the party was removed, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal.

Kolawole noted that the court listened to the counsels in the matter and made review of the issues raised by the parties, noting that there was no legal right in suspending the decision of the lower court on the substantive matter.

He regretted that since August the party took decision of the convention and set up committees to man the event that he (Secondus) did not take any step only to come few days to the convention to seek suspension.

Kolawole said on the issues of right that there was no personal right which the court can protect for the appellant applicant, because the office he occupied as the chairman of the party was public.

He bemaoned that Secondus had remained silent since he was sacked and his office taken without saying a word, adding that his late move was to take a shot at the national convention.

Kolawole said granting the prayers would cause inconveniences, noting that greater justice would be done by refusing the application of the appallant to stop the convention, or annulling the decision of the lower court.

“The appellant (Secondus) motion fails and is hereby dismissed. The sixth respondent (PDP) is empowered to hold its convention without hindrances,” he read.

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One out of two female teachers in Kwara sustain bullet wounds

Police disperse #ENDSARS protesters in Ilorin

As they  escape kidnap attempt

By Demola Akinyemi – Ilorin

Gunmen suspected to Kidnappers on Thursday afternoon fired gun shots at two teachers at Osi,in Ekiti Local government area of Kwara state,with the aim of kidnapping them but the teachers  escaped.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the incident happened after school hours when the teachers were returning home.

The two women who teach at  Ikerin Secondary School in Osi- Ekiti were suddenly accosted by gunmen but they took to their heels and the kidnappers fired gun shots at them.

The  gunshots fired at them in order to stop them and take them away didn’t work as the teacher escaped with the bullet wounds.

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One of the teachers however sustained minor bullet wound on her arm and she’s recuperating at press time.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC )spokesman in the State, Babawale Zaid Afolabi confirmed the incident to journalists on Friday.

Babawale told newsmen  that the two women are teachers of Ikerin Secondary School in Ekiti and that they were on their way home when they were accosted by the Gunmen.

“It was around 1630 hours on Thursday when our operatives at Araromi Opin Ekiti Divisonal Office got a distress call about a failed kidnap attempt and they were later joined by the local hunters and went straight to the scene of the incident”

He spoke further that on getting to the scene of the crime the gunmen have disappeared, though one of the two women sustained minor bullet wounds and she’s currently responding to treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the town.

“Officers of the NSCDC in the town have been joined by the NSCDC tactical team of  operation  harmony and the local hunters,and they  have began manhunt for the miscreants” he said.

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PDP Convention: We’re working towards consensus candidates – Governors

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Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday night said they were working towards getting candidates for all elective positions at the party’s National Convention on Saturday elected through consensus.

Addressing journalists at the end of the governors meeting at Akwa-Ibom Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Chairman of PDP Governor’s Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said that the party had already achieved 80 per cent consensus on the candidates and that efforts were on to achieve 100 per cent. 

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Tambuwal was flanked by his colleagues – Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta; Emmanuel Udom, Akwa-Ibom; Ahmadu Fintiri, Adamawa; Samuel Ortom, Benue and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Others were Nyesom Wike, Rivers; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State. 

The chairman said “by the grace of God, we are here to discuss about convention starting from Friday to Sunday. 

“We are very happy to mention that part of what we discussed is building consensus towards the convention. 

“So far, we can say that we have achieved not less than 80 per cent of that process and it’s still ongoing. 

“We are hoping that at the end of the day we are going to have a very hitch-free convention where hopefully we will have all or most of the officers emerge via consensus. 

“In any case, consensus is part of the democratic process; so, we hope to stabilise the party with the new officers for the challenges ahead.”

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Q1’21 : Guinness Nigeria revenue surges amidst operating environment challenges

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By Peter Egwuatu

The shareholders of Guinness Nigeria Plc may have cause to smile as the Company had shown resilience in its financial performance by bouncing back to profitability. 

Despite the operating environment challenges, the Company  recorded improved performance in major performance indicators with its revenue growing by 58 per cent to N47.46 billion for the first quarter period ended , 30 September 2021, Q1’21 from N30,024 billion in the corresponding period, Q1’20.

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This increase in revenue was as a result of the resilient consumer demand and improved outlet coverage and proactive efforts of the management to curtail costs.

The unaudited results which were released to the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) revealed a 117 per cent increase in gross profit in the period, with double digit revenue growth across all key categories despite the impact of continued COVID-19 related restrictions and ongoing economic challenges. 

Other performance indicators showed that Profit After Tax, PAT grew by 580 per cent to N 4.043 billion from a loss of N841 million in Q1’20 while the pre tax stood at N5.946 billion from a loss of N317 million in Q1’21. The net financing costs decreased by 38 per cent   while distribution expenses increased 36 per cent driven by higher volumes and inflation in the period under review.

Commenting on the performance of the results, Mr. Baker Magunda, Managing Director/CEO, Guinness Nigeria said: “In the three months ended 30 September 2021, Guinness Nigeria delivered exceptional results despite the challenging external environment characterized by continued restrictions related to COVID 19, high inflation and heightening operating costs.”

“Revenue grew by 58 per cent to N47.4 billion, driven by resilient consumer demand and improved outlet coverage, as well as benefitting from headline price increases in key brands. Revenue grew across all key categories driven by our strategic focus brands, Malta Guinness and Guinness, as well as double-digit growth in local and imported spirits and the ready-to-drink category.”

“We are aware of the challenges in the operating environment, and regardless, our focus remains on delivering value to our stakeholders. This is why we continue to invest behind our strategic focus brands and categories, and to support the recovery of the on-trade, as seen in the 50% Marketing spend increase. Cost of sales also increased by 40%, largely due to sales volume growth, inflationary pressure, a shift towards more expensive can products and forex devaluation impacting imported materials” he added. 

The company also revealed that despite the devaluation of the naira, its net financing costs decreased by 38 per cent as a result of reduction in the net interest cost on the back of better cash generation; and operating profit grew 1010 per cent to N6.5 billion.

“As a business, we will continue to remain agile in doing business in Nigeria for the consistent delivery of growth for all stakeholders .We remain conscious of the continued challenging operating environment with double-digit inflation and pressured consumer income spending. However, we continue to focus on our strategy – optimising our route to consumer, innovating at scale to satisfy our consumers and improving cost control – these elements we can control.

 We remain confident in our People, and in the execution and resilience of our Total Beverage Alcohol strategy as a key driver of sustainable growth in the market.” Managing Director/CEO, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Baker Magunda said.

Meanwhile, the Chair person of the Board of Guinness Nigeria, Dr. Omobola Johnson had assured shareholders during its last Annual General Meeting, AGM  that “the Board will continue to support Management in its efforts to sustain global best practices aimed at consistently delivering business growth for stakeholders.”

“We remain confident that the strategy is comprehensive and robust, and that we are making the right investments in the company to ensure our long-term competitiveness” she said.

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