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Oil Production Rises 26.57m Bpd In February — OPEC

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The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries said crude oil production increased by 203,000 barrels per day ( bpd) in February to an average of 26.57 million barrels per day.

According to OPEC’s monthly oil market report obtained by Punch Online on Wednesday, the Organisation left the crude oil demand forecast unchanged.

“Crude oil output increased mainly in Libya and Nigeria, while production in Iran and Iraq decreased. Libya’s production climbed by around 144,000 bpd, the largest growth seen last month, while output rose in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia by 47,000 bpd and 18,000 bpd, respectively.”

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Released on Tuesday, the monthly oil market report indicated that the production in Iran and Iraq declined by 15,000 bpd and 14,000 bpd, respectively.

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“Demand for OPEC crude is projected to stand at about 28.5 million bpd in 2024, 1.1 million bpd higher than in 2023, while demand for OPEC crude in 2025 is expected to reach about 28.8 million bpd.”

Meanwhile, “the non-OPEC output forecast for 2024 has been revised downward. OPEC natural gas liquids and non-conventional liquids production is expected to increase by around 60,000 bpd to average 5.5 million bpd this year, and additional growth of 110,000 bpd is forecast for 2025 to an average 5.6 million bpd.”

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Non-OPEC liquids output is forecast to grow by 1.1 million bpd to average 70.5 million bpd in 2024. “This reflects a 120,000 bpd downward revision, compared with the previous month’s assessment, due to the extension of additional voluntary adjustments in 2Q24 by some countries,” it said in OPEC’s report.

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In 2025, “non-OPEC liquids production is expected to reach 71.9 million bpd, with a growth rate of 1.4 million bpd. The main drivers for liquid supply growth are projected to be the US, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Norway, while production is forecast to see a major decline in Mexico and Angola.

“The global oil demand growth forecast for 2024 remains unchanged from last month’s assessment at 2.2 million bpd, year-on-year.

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“Total world oil demand is projected to reach 104.5 million bpd this year, ‘supported by strong air travel demand and increased road mobility, including on-road diesel and trucking, as well as healthy industrial, construction, and agricultural activities, particularly in non-OECD countries,” OPEC said.

Oil demand in the OECD is forecast to grow by around 300,000 bpd year over year, led by OECD Americas and further supported by a minor uptick from OECD Europe and Asia Pacific.

In the non-OECD, OPEC said in its latest report that oil demand is expected to grow by 2 million bpd year over year, driven by China and supported by the Middle East, other Asia, India and Latin America.

In 2025, global oil demand is expected to see a robust year-over-year growth of 1.8 million bpd. “The OECD is expected to grow by 100,000 bpd on an annual basis, while demand in the non-OECD is forecast to increase by 1.7 million bpd”, OPEC’s monthly oil market report stated.

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CAC To Cancel Certificates Of BDCs With Revoked Licences

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The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has said it would cancel the certificates of incorporation of Bureaux De Change(BCDs) whose licences have been revoked by the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN).

The Nation reported in February the CBN revoked the licences of 4,173 Bureau De Change operators over their failure to meet regulatory guidelines.

In a statement by its acting Director, Corporate Communications, Sidi Hakama, CBN explained that the regulatory provisions flouted include nonpayment of all necessary fees within the stipulated period.

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CBN said: “The affected institutions failed to observe at least one of the following regulatory provisions: Payment of all necessary fees, including licence renewal, within the stipulated period in line with the guidelines.

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“Rendition of returns in line with the guidelines; compliance with guidelines, directives, and circulars of the CBN, particularly Anti-Money Laundering, Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation Financing regulations.”

However, in line with the above directive by the CBN, the CAC in a notice on its website on Wednesday, said the certificates would be cancelled within three months if the affected companies do not change the names and objects of such companies.

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The general public is hereby informed that following the revocation of the operational licenses of 4,173 Bureau De Change companies by the Central Bank of Nigeria vide a Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (Vol. 111) No. 37 of February 27, 2024 for noncompliance with Regulatory Standards, the Corporate Affairs Commission in the exercise of its powers under section 8(1)(e) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 advises these companies to within three months from the date of this publication, change the names and objects of such companies.

“Failure to change the names and objects within the stipulated time frame shall result in cancellation of certificate of incorporation and dissolution. It is to be noted that it is unlawful for a company whose certificate has been deemed dissolved to carry on business,” the CAC notice reads.

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FG Suspends Taxes On Maize, Wheat, Rice, Others

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The Federal Government has suspended duties, tariffs and taxes on some essential food items imported through land and sea borders.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, announced this at the National Press Centre, Abuja.

Kyari also said the Federal Government has also inaugurated the Renewed Hope National Livestock Transformation Implementation Committee to develop and implement policies that prioritize livestock development and align with the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

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He stated that the listed food items, which include maize, wheat, husked brown rice and cowpeas, will enjoy a 150-day Duty-Free Import Window.

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He added that the move is part of the Presidential Accelerated Stabilization and Advancement Plan, which is aimed at achieving food security and economic stability in the country.

According to him: “The Federal Government has announced a 150-day Duty-Free Import Window for Food Commodities, suspension of duties, tariffs and taxes for the importation of certain food commodities (through land and sea borders). These commodities include maize, husked brown rice, wheat and cowpeas.

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“Under this arrangement, imported food commodities will be subjected to a Recommended Retail Price (RRP).

“I am glad to reiterate that the Government’s position exemplifies standards that would not compromise the safety of the various food items for consumption.

“In addition to the importation by the private sector, the Federal Government will import 250,000MT of wheat and 250,000MT of maize. The imported food commodities in their semi-processed state will target supplies to the small-scale processors and millers across the country.”

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CAC Extends PoS Registration Deadline 

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The Corporate Affairs Commission has announced the approval to extend the mandatory Point of Sales agents, super agents and sole agents registration to September 5th, 2024.

The commission made the announcement in a statement signed by its management and posted on its Facebook page on Saturday, giving a 60-day extension.

It said the extension is to give sufficient time to operators particularly those in remote areas who might have encountered network challenges to so register and continue with their businesses.

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The statement read, “The Corporate Affairs Commission wishes to notify Fintech Operators also known as Point of Sales Operators that the initial deadline of 7th July 2024 given for the registration of sole Agents, Super Agents and Agents has been extended for sixty days beginning from 7th July 2024 to the 5th September 2024.

“This is to give sufficient time to Operators particularly those in remote areas who might have encountered network challenges to so register and continue with their businesses.”

It added operators who continue to disobey after the new deadline will risk losing their businesses and facing prosecution for assisting criminal activities.

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“Operators who fail or refuse to register at the end of the extended deadline run the risk of losing such businesses and prosecution for aiding and abetting criminal activities,” it said.

 

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