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Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by DickDastardly(m): 9:16pm On Sep 24, 2015
Abuja - Nigerian companies making anything from soap to tomato paste could run out of raw materials and be forced to shut down as Africa's top oil producer has effectively banned the import of almost 700 goods to prevent a currency collapse.

Selected luxury items such as make-up or brown bread imported from Europe have become scarce in some shops as the central bank denies importers dollars, seeking to stem the fallout from a crash in vital oil revenues hammering Africa's largest economy.

The central bank has restricted access to foreign currency to import 41 categories of items to stop a slide of the naira but the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) said this in fact amounted to about 680 individual items.

The foreign exchange bans are part of a long-term plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to encourage local manufacturing, but they run the risk of pushing the economy closer to recession after growth halved in the second quarter compared with the same period last year.

Many items on the central bank list, ranging from incense and toothpicks to plywood, glass and steel products are not available in Nigeria in sufficient volumes.

While Nigeria grows a lot of tomatoes, transport is poor and it lacks facilities to produce the concentrate needed by factories making tomato paste, a staple in the West African nation.

"We've taken this matter up with the central bank and the highest authority in this country Fiscal authorities will also be involved, they weren't before," Remi Ogunmefun, the director general of MAN, said.

MAN had told the central bank 105 items should be removed from the list, but the bank said it could not afford to do so and agreed to look into removing 44 items.

MAN also suggested 93 finished items that should be added to the list because Nigeria produces enough of them.

The economic crisis is a blow to Buhari who wants to end dependence on oil revenues but faces criticism for failing to name a cabinet four months after taking office.

Since the central bank unveiled its controls in June, executives have had to deal with foreign suppliers worried they won't get paid. They also struggle to convince banks to approve dollar payments.

"It takes minimum 10 days now to get dollars, before it was 24-48 hours, and sometimes when you request like $100,000, you only get $80,000 and it's getting worse," said an executive at a large furniture company, asking not to be named.

It's not clear which imports are still allowed as the central bank lists only categories. He can still bring in beds and chairs to be assembled in Nigeria, but not sofas.

Some firms have defaulted on contracts and lost credit lines. "Many companies have defaulted on fulfilling foreign obligations even blue chip companies for the first time," said Muda Yusuf, director general of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce.

POLICY VACUUM


With no cabinet in place, central bank governor Godwin Emefiele finds himself discussing policies usually reserved for a finance or economy minister.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Emefiele justified the controls which Buhari has backed as a way to create jobs in a country hit by poverty despite its oil wealth.

"I read an advertisement in a paper that shortly after we announced the foreign exchange exclusion for the importation of tomato paste they advertised for almost 1,000 jobs," he said, citing the example of a tomato paste company, a sector that experts do not in fact expect to flourish now.

Emefiele has ruled out another naira devaluation but on Tuesday loosened monetary policies to inject liquidity into banks, which had been forced to transfer government revenues to a central bank account as part of an anti-corruption drive.

Nigeria stepped up import controls when Buhari led a military government in the 1980s and the economy suffered then too.

Razia Khan, Chief Economist, Africa, at Standard Chartered Bank, said there was little certainty the latest controls would boost manufacturing.

"Nigeria has had substantial experience with similar import-substitution policies in the past," said Khan. "Rarely have they succeeded in creating a vibrant, competitive industrial sector, with the capability of creating the employment growth that Nigerian demographics otherwise demand."

According to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria is short of 600,000 tonnes a year of palm oil, that is used to make soap, detergents and cosmetics that have also been restricted. Pharmaceutical firms lack bottles, and glass manufacturers do not have the glass to make them.

BAGS FULL OF CASH


Companies also suffer from the central bank's attempt to stop the dollarisation of the economy. A ban on cash deposits of foreign currency has forced firms to use informal "transfer markets", whereby people abroad wire dollars on a company's behalf.

That exchange rate is well below the official rate to the dollar. Some executives now carry bags of cash to deposit in neighbouring countries.

For some though, the measures offer hope.

"It's a big challenge to compete in a market with imported frozen chicken and fish. The profit is marginal," said Kabir Chaskewa of Ajima Farms, a family business based near the capital, Abuja.

Compared to a foreign firm that produces frozen chicken in batches of up to 1 million, Chaskewa can only do batches of 5,000. "Now there's a rise in demand for local poultry and rice," he said.

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Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Yehman(m): 9:18pm On Sep 24, 2015
Nigeria rescuer=Post oil economy
#AfterTheReggaePlayTheBlues
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by DickDastardly(m): 9:18pm On Sep 24, 2015
Buharinomics and Body odour festering!
Lalasticlala lets rock and roll wink

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Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Nobody: 9:19pm On Sep 24, 2015
Oh God! See what buhari's body odour and integrity has caused nah... undecided



I no wan hear say makeup no dey market again oh! undecided undecided

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Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by stanech: 9:19pm On Sep 24, 2015
Nigerians have been scamed
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Nobody: 9:20pm On Sep 24, 2015
Sai Buhari...continue you are on the right track

Useless MAN and corporate sector representatives...they can go back to their countries ..useless Asians grin
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by kettykin: 9:22pm On Sep 24, 2015
Unfortunately no national assembly to pass a vote of no confidence on the presidency as the Senate President is being hounded and pushed around by his own party members.
APC is such a big scam.
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by DickDastardly(m): 9:24pm On Sep 24, 2015
Keneking:
Sai Buhari...continue you are on the right track

Useless MAN and corporate sector representatives...they can go back to their countries ..useless Asians grin
Not easy feeling disappointed and typing this same time. Tuface things cheesy
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Ezenwammadu(m): 9:25pm On Sep 24, 2015
Buhari body odour destroying local industry since the day of Adam

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Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Nobody: 9:26pm On Sep 24, 2015
DickDastardly:

Not easy feeling disappointed and typing this same time. Tuface things cheesy

undecided
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by bigFOOTcaveMAN(m): 9:29pm On Sep 24, 2015
This Buhari thinks we are all mallams. Ok, let me go get ma self some kettle and mat angry
Rutherless leadership
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Bevista: 10:08pm On Sep 24, 2015
The CBN Governor is trying to use Monetary Policies to buy time for Fiscal authorities to get their act together. This is a big indictment on PMB.
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by ERAKAMUS: 10:22pm On Sep 24, 2015
Nigeria has been DESTROYED.
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by sammyj: 10:32pm On Sep 24, 2015
Story story. Nobody can make us slaves to madam Ngozi ' s slaves masters. No going back on our reforms to make Nigeria great again!!! angry
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by abacrested(f): 10:41pm On Sep 24, 2015
[quote author=sammyj post=38349373]Story story. Nobody can make us slaves to madam Ngozi ' s slaves masters. No going back on our reforms to make Nigeria great again!!! angry[/quotse]keep dreaming
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by datola: 10:42pm On Sep 24, 2015
Some educated illiterate people will blame PMB for an economy the has been looted dry before May 29. Dollar was exchanging for over N230 at the twilight of last adminostraton.

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Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by sammyj: 11:04pm On Sep 24, 2015
................... grin angry shocked grin grin[quote author=abacrested post=38349598][/quote]
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by shakaZuIlu: 11:07pm On Sep 24, 2015
datola:
Some educated illiterate people will blame PMB for an economy the has been looted dry before May 29. Dollar was exchanging for over N230 at the twilight of last adminostraton.

and what's the meaning of change?

sometimes you can't just help but pity some apc bastards because it's never an easy task to defend a dunce

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Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Nobody: 11:08pm On Sep 24, 2015
K
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Nobody: 11:11pm On Sep 24, 2015
It's 1984 all over again.


Why in God's name are people so ret@rded to forgot history and elect this bad luck buhari?
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Nobody: 11:14pm On Sep 24, 2015
datola:
Some educated illiterate people will blame PMB for an economy the has been looted dry before May 29. Dollar was exchanging for over N230 at the twilight of last adminostraton.


I don't blame you at all.

If you knew your history you will know what we are going through today is exactly what Nigerians were passing through when Buhari seized power in 1984.


Unfortunately for you fools there is no IBB to kick this dullard out.

Keep wallowing in your zombie trance state.
Re: Nigerian Firms In Trouble As Central Bank Measures Backfire - News24 Nigeria by Aegon(m): 11:24pm On Sep 24, 2015
GEJs govt was shot down with a well oiled propaganda machine, this led the people to clamour for change. Now after 4 months the so called change is in stillbirth.

Let us blame Jonathan that Buhari has failed to form a cabinet for over four month. Blame GEJ that the nation has no coherent policy direction due to a lack of ministers.

Shebi una want change.
Make una dance the reggae dance the blues.

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