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Dangote to venture into steel production

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Last Updated on June 14, 2024 by Fellow Press

Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has mooted plans to delve into steel production in the near future stating that he wants to ensure that every steel used in West Africa comes from Nigeria.

The industrial mogul stated this during an interview at the ongoing Afreximbank Afro-Caribbean Trade & Investment Forum in Nassau, The Bahamas.

When asked if he is taking a break after the refinery, he noted that the next venture after the refinery project would be in Steel manufacturing and ensure that all Steel products used in West Africa comes from Nigeria.

He also encouraged African leaders to take agriculture and solid mineral development seriously lamenting the fact that food imports cost the continent dearly by increasing unemployment and poverty.

He said, “What we need to do that is missing is actually to concentrate and pay more attention to agriculture and solid minerals.
I don’t like people coming to take our solid minerals to process and bring the finished product.
We should try and industrialise our continent and take it to the next level.”

“I told somebody we are not going to take any break. What we are trying to do is to make sure at least in West Africa, we want to make sure that every single steel that we use will come from Nigeria”

Nigeria has tried unsuccessfully to become a leader in the steel manufacturing industry with a handful of failed projects like the Ajaokuta steel plant, Delta Steel Company, Osogbo and Jos rolling mills even under government and private ownership.

Like the oil refineries, the federal government under different administrations has spent billions trying to put the local steel plants to work but has been unsuccessful.
The administration of President Bola Tinubu had promised during the campaigns to ensure steel production starts in the multi-billion-dollar Ajaokuta steel complex.

The federal government in the 2024 appropriation act budgeted around N4.45 billion for the plant but hopes to raise around N35 billion from private investors to bring the plant to life for the first time in its history.

However, the Minister of Steel Development, Shuaibu Audu has also stated that reviving the plant could cost around $2 billion to $5 billion.

According to the National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency (NSRMEA), total steel consumption in the country averages around 10 million metric tonnes of which 70% is imported.
The current Minister of Steel Development had earlier stated that Nigeria spends around $4 billion on steel imports annually despite having around 74 steel plants and fabricators across the country.

Nigeria is home to significant iron-ore deposit- a critical raw material in steel production found in Kogi state.

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Naira rises to ₦1,530 per dollar in parallel market

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Last Updated on July 6, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Naira has appreciated in the parallel market to N1,530 per dollar from N1,535 per dollar on Thursday.

Similarly, the Naira appreciated to N1,509.67 per dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for NAFEM rose to N1,509.67 per dollar from N1,520.24 per dollar on Thursday, indicating N10.57 appreciation for the naira.

The volume of dollars traded (turnover) in the market fell by 32.6 percent to $116.88 million from $173.51 million traded on Thursday.

Consequently, the margin between the parallel market and NAFEM rates widened to N20.33 per dollar from N14.76 per dollar on Thursday.

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Naira falls to 1520 to a dollar in parallel market

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Last Updated on June 28, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Naira yesterday depreciated in the parallel market to N1,520 per dollar from N1,510 per dollar on Wednesday. Similarly, the Naira depreciated to N1,510.1 per dollar in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market, NAFEM.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for NAFEM rose to N1,510.1 per dollar from N1,507.83 per dollar on Wednesday, indicating N2.27 depreciation for the naira. The volume of dollars traded (turnover) in the market rose by 62.8 percent to $287.21 million from $176.39 million traded Wednesday.

Consequently, the margin between the parallel market and NAFEM rates widened to N10 per dollar from N2.17 per dollar on Wednesday.

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