Nigeria’s mobile subscriptions shrank by 3.49 million mobile subscriptions in the last three months, leaving a dent in the country’s march toward mobile inclusion for all.
Since mobile subscriptions hit an all-time high of 226.84 million in February of this year, it has been on a steady decline.
It first fell to 225.82 million in March, before slumping further to 223.34 million, according to new industry data from the Nigerian Communications Commission. This is also the first time since June 2021 that mobile subscriptions have fallen consistently.
In 2020 and 2021, a Federal Government policy to link SIMs to National Identification Numbers affected the mobile industry and caused a steep decline in mobile subscriptions. Since then, subscriptions have improved, and risen to record highs.
MTN Nigeria is the only telecommunication firm to have lost mobile subscriptions in the period under review, losing 4.03 million (from 92.71 million to 88.68 million), while retaining its spot as the largest mobile network operator in the country.
Other telcos had better fortunes, with Globacom marginally growing by 172,867 from 60.76 million to 60.93 million; Airtel added 31,705 new subscriptions and grew from 60.30 million to 60.33 million; and 9mobile witnessed the largest growth, adding 330,003 new subscriptions to hit 13.40 million from 13.07 million in the period under review.
Within the three months, teledensity (the number of active telephone connections per one hundred (100) inhabitants living within an area) fell to 117.17 per cent in April from 119.01 per cent in February.
In MTN’s first quarter report, MTN Nigeria’s Chief Executive Officer, Karl Toriola, noted that global macroeconomic factors, inflation, and cash shortages, among others, were affecting its consumers.
He said, “We continued to experience headwinds in our operating environment in the first quarter of 2023. The impacts of the ongoing global macroeconomic and geopolitical developments on energy, food, and general inflation were exacerbated locally by petrol and cash shortages experienced during the period. This placed additional pressure on economic activity, consumers, and businesses.”
Nigeria’s mobile population is the largest in Africa and the prior steady growth in the number of mobile subscriptions had been attributed to increased productivity and efficiency in other sectors
BREAKING: Jubilation across Nigeria as BUA Reduces Price Of Cement To N3,500
One of the major companies in Nigeria, BUA Group , has announced a reduction of ex-factory cement price to N3,500 per bag.
The company, which made this known in a statement on Sunday, said the reduction will take effect from 2 October, 2023.
The statement titled : ‘BUA Cement reduces ex-factory cement prices to N3,500/bag effective October 2, 2023’, reads in full :
“We refer to our previous pronouncements regarding our intent to reduce cement prices upon the completion of our new lines at the end of the year, in order to spur development in the building materials and infrastructure sectors.
As per the commitment made to reduce prices and following a periodic review of our operations for efficiency, the management of BUA Cement Plc wishes to announce and inform our esteemed customers, stakeholders, and the public that effective October 2, 2023, we have decided to bring the price reduction forward. As a result, BUA Cement would now be sold at an ex-factory* price of 3,500 Naira per bag so that Nigerians can begin to enjoy the benefits of the price reduction before the completion of our plants.
Upon completion of the ongoing construction of our new plants, which would increase our production volumes to 17million metric tonnes per annum, BUA Cement PLC intends to review these prices further in line with our earlier pronouncements by the first quarter of 2024.
NOTE: all pending, undelivered orders which had been paid for at the old prices will be reviewed downwards to N3500/bag in line with the new pricing from October 2, 2023. Our licensed dealers are also enjoined to ensure that end-users benefit from this reduction in ex-factory prices as we will monitor field sales to ensure compliance
Activate state police, politicians will become terrorists target – Primate Ayodele to Tinubu
The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has advised President Tinubu to activate state police to combat insecurity in the country.
Primate Ayodele revealed that the rate of insecurity will be alarming, adding that the existing security operatives will not be able to handle it, hence the need for state police.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele mentioned that more hands are needed, and state police will be very effective in this area.
He stated that terrorists will soon start targeting politicians for attacks, and it will get to a point where they will start walking and moving with fear.
According to Ayodele, the government should activate CCTV in sensitive areas to effectively combat insecurity.
He said, “The government should introduce state police and activate it as soon as possible to combat insecurity in the country.
“The rate of insecurity will be alarming, and the military, police, DSS, and NSCDC will not be able to handle it.
‘’The government should activate CCTV cameras to fight insecurity. We need more hands to fight it; it will get to a point where politicians will be moving with panic and fear.
“They will become targets of terrorists; there will be kidnappings among them.”
Who is the new CBN Governor? Unveiling Yemi Cardoso: The Citibank Prodigy And Financial Genius Behind Lagos’ Tax Revolution!
In the buzzing financial district of Lagos, Yemi Cardoso’s name is whispered with a mix of respect, admiration, and perhaps a dash of envy. Today, as the entire country turns its eyes towards the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the question on everyone’s lips is, “Who is the new CBN Governor?” We delve into the life and legacy of Yemi Cardoso, the man now at the helm of Nigeria’s financial future.
Born to a modest family, Yemi’s early life gave little indication of the powerhouse he would become. However, a relentless pursuit of education and an intrinsic passion for finance would set him on a meteoric rise. Starting his illustrious banking career with Citibank, Cardoso swiftly climbed the corporate ladder. His innate understanding of banking intricacies and a knack for strategic planning saw him rise to the esteemed position of Vice President. But the ambitious Cardoso didn’t stop there. He took a bold leap, co-founding Citizens International Bank, and for eight defining years, played a pivotal role as an Executive Director.
Yet, banking wasn’t the only domain where Cardoso left an indelible mark. He answered the call of public service, becoming the first Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget for Lagos State. It was under his visionary leadership that Lagos underwent a pivotal financial reform, developing its own robust independent tax revenues. This wasn’t just a bureaucratic change – it was a revolution that altered the fiscal landscape of Lagos forever.
But who is Yemi Cardoso, the man behind the accolades and achievements? Beyond the corporate meetings and policy discussions, Cardoso has been a vital consultant and policy expert, aligning with major global development giants like the World Bank, UN Habitat, and even the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. His expertise has shaped policies and development strategies, making him a revered name on global platforms.
Yet, for all his achievements, Cardoso remains grounded. A recipient of several awards, including a coveted honorary Doctorate Degree from Aston University, his alma mater, and the Global Distinguished Alumni award from Citi, he remains deeply connected to his roots. His Masters in Public Administration from the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a celebrated Mason Fellow, is a testament to his commitment to public service and excellence.
As Nigeria stands on the cusp of a new financial era, the appointment of Yemi Cardoso as the CBN Governor isn’t just a political move; it’s a statement. A statement that Nigeria is ready to merge global financial strategies with homegrown expertise. With Cardoso steering the ship, the future of Nigeria’s financial landscape certainly seems promising
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