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Nigerian airlines cancel more flights as jet fuel scarcity continues

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Nigerian airlines have continued to cancel flights as scarcity for aviation fuel in the West African country continues to cripple economic activities.

Airlines like Ibom Air could not fly most of their aircraft on Tuesday, March 8, due to fuel scarcity. The airline admitted to the situation and predicted the situation may extend to Wednesday.

 

Yesterday, six local carriers – Air Peace, Azman Air, United Nigeria Airline, Arik Air, Aero Contractors and Max Air – announced a ‘Spring Alliance’, to mutually support each other’s operations and surpass the expectations of the flying public.

“We have encountered a situation today where aviation fuel is scarce and therefore unavailable at almost all our flight destinations. This has significantly impacted our flight schedule today (Tuesday) and may do the same tomorrow (Wednesday).

“At this time, we have no indication when the issue will be resolved, however, we are working with our fellow airlines and fuel suppliers to find a solution.” the airline said.

Nigeria imports almost all its jet fuel, which has nearly doubled to as high as 625 naira ($1.50) per liter since December, Arik Air said.

Late last month, Air Peace informed passengers that most of their flights were delayed due to scarcity. The airline said their Lagos to Port Harcourt flight for 14:30 on February 15 was delayed due to lack of fuel and the Port Harcourt to Abuja flight for 16:25 and Abuja to Lagos for 16:25 were also affected.

Dana Air also found itself in the same situation last week where most of their flights were cancelled due to scarcity of fuel.

Despite being Africa’s largest oil producer, Nigeria imports almost all its jet fuel.

Motorists and residents have also been suffering from severe fuel shortages and hike in price at the pumps for weeks.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, global oil prices have hit a 14-year peak.

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Zimbabwe continues battle to save currency, introduces gold coins as legal tender. Will that work?

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South African country, Zimbabwe has continued its battle at fighting inflation as its central bank will start issuing gold coins as legal tender in late July.

Soaring inflation has weakened the local currency and the central hopes the gold coin, named ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, after Victoria Falls, can be converted into cash in the bid to strengthen its legal tender.

Last month, Zimbabwe raised its key rate to 200 percent after it was raised from raised to 80% in April from 60%. The decision made the country’s rate the highest in the world as it battles with soaring inflation persist. The rate was last

The central bank governor, John Mangudya in a statement on Monday, said that the gold coins will be available for sale to the public in both local currency and US dollars and other foreign currencies at a price based on the prevailing international price of gold and the cost production”.

The coins are expected to act as a ‘store of value and to reduce the demand for US dollars’ – something that has been blamed for the weakening value of the local currency.

In another move 2 months ago, the Zimbabwean government has ordered commercial banks in the country to stop lending money to government at all levels, businesses and individuals with immediate effect.

Will the introduction of the coins be the final answer to Zimbabwe currency crises the possibility is low as its current inflation situation is a product of many factors which cannot be turned over night but hopefully the coins will be the flip that leads a new path.

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Somalia gives foreign banks licence to operate in decades

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The Somali government has announced the licensing of foreign banks for the first time in over two decades six weeks after President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud was sworn into office following an elections that took years to conduct following a lingering political crisis.

The announcement which was made on Monday by the governor of the Central Bank of Somalia (CBS) Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi, said the war-ravaged country has granted banking licenses to two foreign institutions to operate in the country after President Mohamoud had promised to open the country to international investment during his campaigns for the elections.

The first foreign banking institutions to benefit from the decision are Egyptian bank, Banque Misr, and Turkish bank, Ziraat Katilim, who have been allowed to operate in Somalia.

“The review of the applications of these two banks has been the subject of a lengthy process of several months.

“These are two strong banks that will add value to the development of Somalia’s financial sector and contribute to the growth of our economy,” the CBS governor said

Ranked one of the poorest countries in the world by the World Bank, the average Somalian lives on less than $1.90 a day as the country struggles to recover from decades civil war and and opening its doors to foreign investments is seen as President Mohamoud fulfilment of his pledge to improve the economic situation and provide basic banking services to the population.

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