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Tony Elumelu’s Transcorp Group acquires 60% stake in Abuja DisCo



●As Transcorp consolidates position in Power Sector to improve electricity supply in Abuja

● As Group appoints Ezeafuluke as MD of AEDC

The business ingenuity and acumen of Mr Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Transcorp Group has received further validation with the acquisition by the Transcorp Group-led consortium of 60 per cent stake in the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

The move that saw the Transcorp Group acquire the significant stake in AEDC is largely seen as a strategic to consolidate the Group’s position in the nation’s critical power sector.

The Group, under the command room guru-Mr Elumelu- quickly consolidated its controlling stake-holding after consummating the deal by ensuring the appointment of Mr Christopher Ezeafulukwe as Managing Director/CEO of AEDC by the Board.

This acquisition is not the first attempt of The Transcorp Group in playing and pulling the levers of power and control in the power sector. It had made a foray into the sector though Transcorp Energy and Transcorp Power.

Confirmed reports said that Peter Ikenga, the current CEO of Transcorp Energy had been appointed Managing Director of Transcorp Power.

Mr Chris Ezeafulukwe
Recall that the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) had in May 2023 approved the Transcorp-led consortium as the new strategic investor in AEDC.

Before his appointment as the MD/CEO of AEDC, Ezeafulukwe was the MD/CEO of Transcorp Power Ltd, Ughelli, a 972-MW thermal plant.

Under his leadership, Transcorp Power Ltd. had consistently led the Nigerian power sector, being the first successor power company from the 2013 power privatization programme, to be discharged from post-privatisation monitoring by the National Council on Privatization, having surpassed the expectations of the Council.

The Ughelli Power plant, which Transcorp Group acquired during the privatisation of the power sector in 2013, demonstrates the Group’s transformative prowess and can-do spirit.

The plant available capacity, which stood at 160MW on acquisition, increased by 227% to 680.83MW in four years, surpassing the Bureau of Public Enterprise’s (BPE) five-year target of 670MW.

The Transcorp Group expressed the belief that with Ezeafulukwe’s capabilities and extensive experience, he will play a pivotal role in rejuvenating AEDC, the supplier of power to the nation’s capital.”

Transcorp Group said its commitment to improving lives and transforming societies remained resolute.

The Group’s subsidiaries, which include Transafam Power Limited and Transcorp Hotels Plc., owners of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, have demonstrated continued value creation and a dedication to creating both economic and social wealth.

The Group has a combined market capitalization exceeding N540 billion.


The success story of Transcorp Group derived largely from Mr Elumelu’s Midas Touch.

The Nigerian tycoon and his family had upped their stake in Transcorp to more than one-third, taking their combined interest in the conglomerate to 14.6 billion shares.

The magnate, his relatives, his fully-owned investment company, Heirs Holdings, now hold at least a 36 percent stake between them, according to calculations by an newspaper publication, using market data and regulatory filings.

Elumelu and his family had, in June this year, raised stake in Transcorp to 36 percent, The transactions that took the family’s holding to that elvel variously occurred on June 5, when Awele Elumelu, wife of Mr Elumelu, bought 7.4 million shares in the firm.

That was worth N22 million, according to the details of a note published by the NGX on Tuesday, June 1, 2023.

The share price of Nigeria’s biggest listed conglomerate, Transcorp, which has investments in energy, hospitality and power, had surged nearly three times, so far, this year, making it the fifth best-performing stock of the 156 stocks quoted on the Nigerian bourse. (PSN)


INFLATION: Manufacturers’ unsold goods up 45.4% to N272bn




Manufacturers Inventory of unsold finished products shot up significantly by 45.4 percent, Year-on-Year (YoY), in the first half of 2023 (H1’23) to N271.96 billion from N187.08 billion in the corresponding period of 2022 (H1’22) on account of escalating inflationary pressures.

The development also resulted in 3,567 job losses in the sector during the period.

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) stated this in its First Half of 2023 Economic Review made available to Vanguard, adding that the situation was compounded by the scarcity of naira in the first quarter of the year (Q1’23) and the aftermath of the subsidy removal by the federal government.

The report stated: “The inventory of unsold finished products in the manufacturing sector saw a significant increase to N271.96 billion during the first half of 2023, as compared to N187.08 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2022. This indicates a substantial rise of N84.88 billion or 45.4 percent over this timeframe.

“This increase in inventory can be attributed to a weakened purchasing power of the consumers, brought about by diminishing real household income resulting from the ongoing escalation of inflationary pressures, compounded by the scarcity of naira in the first quarter of the year and the aftermath of the subsidy removal.”

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s inflation rises to 25.80%, says NBS

Meanwhile, a total of 3,567 jobs were lost in the manufacturing sector in H1’23, representing an increase of 1,855 in job losses when compared with the 1709 job lost in the corresponding period in 2022 (H1’22), and an increase of 805 jobs lost when compared with 2708 jobs lost in H2’22.

Director General, MAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, attributed the increase in job losses to the unfriendly business environment and hastily implemented policies such as the fallout of the naira redesign leading to the scarcity of currency notes in the first quarter of the year.

“The decline in the number of jobs created in the sector during the period further highlighted the unfriendly business environment resulting from the hasty policies and residual effect of the currency redesign policy that led to naira crunch,” he added.

Source: Vanguard

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Google announces N75m grant for 15 Nigerian SMEs




Google has announced the opening of applications for its Hustle Academy SMB Fund.

It stated that the N75m equity-free fund, which was dedicated to Nigerian Small and Medium-sized Businesses, would offer N5m to 15 Nigerian small business owners.

In a statement, the firm noted that small businesses form the backbone of the country’s economy but had issues securing funding.

The Head of Brand & Reputation, Sub Saharan Africa at Google, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, said, “The Hustle Academy Fund is a testament to the resilience and innovation of Nigerian small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy. We are hopeful that this fund will further empower them to succeed and drive economic growth, creating jobs and opportunities for all Nigerians.”

According to the firm, its hustle academy, introduced in 2022, has graduated over 4,000 SMEs in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: 20,000 Nigerians Set for Digital Empowerment as Google Announces 1.2 Billion Naira Initiative

The Product Marketing Manager and the Hustle Academy Programme Lead at Google, Sinmisola Nojimu-Yusuf, added, “The Hustle Academy Fund provides SMBs with the resources and support they need to succeed. With equity-free funding, mentorship, and opportunities for increased visibility and networking, we are supporting SMBs to grow and thrive.

“We are committed to supporting the Nigerian entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the Hustle Academy Fund is a key part of that commitment.”

The firm noted that to be eligible for the fund, businesses must be Nigerian-founded, have operated within Nigeria for 1-5 years, and have a clear and scalable business plan.

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FCCPC to summon Erisco Foods over Chioma Egodi’s arrest for Facebook post



The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has said that it will issue a summon to Erisco Foods Limited over the arrest and detention of Chioma Egodi Jnr.

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of FCCPC, Barrister Babatunde Irukera, made this known on X (formerly Twitter) following the arrest of Egodi, who made a review of Erisco’s product.

“UPDATE: @fccpcnigeria operatives have confirmed arrest & transfer of the case to Abuja by the Police Force. She was no longer at the station on arrival,” Irukera posted.

“Working to determine exact current location & engaging Force HQ in Abuja. Summons being issued to @EriscoFoodsLtd immediately.”

The lady in question, Egodi Jnr, made a post on Facebook on September 17, 2023, where she said she tasted too much sugar in the tin tomato she bought, a product of Erisco Foods.

“I went to buy tin tomatoes yesterday (September 16) that I will use to make stew; I didn’t see Gino and Sonia, so I decided to buy this one,” she wrote.

“When I opened it, I decided to taste it omo! Sugar is just too much! Haaa biko let me know if you have used this Tin tomato before because this is an ike gwuru situation!”

The management of Erisco Foods Limited thereafter issued an official statement about the post Egodi made on Facebook about their product and also said they would take all necessary actions against any malicious attack on their reputation.

“The attention of Erisco Foods Limited has been drawn to a Facebook post by one Chioma Egodi Jnr on September 17, 2023, alleging that Nagtko Tomato Mix, one of the three tomato paste variants of Erisco Foods Limited, contains an unhealthy amount of sugar and therefore not fit for human consumption,” Erisco wrote.

UPDATE: @fccpcnigeria operatives have confirmed arrest & transfer of the case to Abuja by the Police Force. She was no longer at the station on arrival. Working to determine exact current location & engaging Force HQ in Abuja. Summons being issued to @EriscoFoodsLtd immediately.

— Babatunde Irukera (@TundeIrukera) September 25, 2023

“While this claim is untrue and unfounded in its entirety, we wish to put on record that Erisco Foods Limited, from inception Is built on the vision and mission to manufacture and promote healthy, wholly Made-in-Nigeria tomato products with the commitment to feeding not only Nigerians but also Africans with healthy foods.

“Our Initial reaction was to ignore and disregard the post which was obviously intended to mistead our esteemed customers and discredit the image of Ensco Foods Limited, as previously instigated by some elements and syndicates who are uncomfortable with our increasing market dominance as a leading indigenous manufacturer of 100% natural tomato pastes. Considering, however, that Erisco Foods Limited has built a reputation as a credible organization committed to due process and the good of humanity, we have decided to bring the said publication to the attention of relevant authorities.

“In light of the above, we wish to reiterate that Erisco Foods Limited is solely committed to the production of healthy tomato products, including other products that have the full regulatory stamp and approval of NAFDAC and Standard Organization of Nigeria.

“While we recognize the rights of our consumers to make genuine observations about our products, we want to thank our esteemed customers for their continued patronage of Erisco Foods Limited. However, having built our reputation on healthy and quality products which have earned us both local and international awards, including the National Productivity Order of Merit Award, we will take all necessary actions against any malicious attack on our reputation.”

Egodi was arrested and whisked away to Abuja by the Police Force, as confirmed by the FCCPC boss, Irukera on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.

“This has come to our attention @fccpcnigeria & we are engaged. Saw statement & deepening learning of the circumstances right now,” he posted.

“We have a team seeking to clarify arrest/detention status of the subject; & activating regulatory process to secure explanation from @EriscoFoodsLtd.”

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