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Shoprite is set to leave Nigeria, everyone is now writing epistles, some have started blaming Nigerian government and Nigerians.. How Nigerians can’t meet up this and that..

Please it’s very important to get our facts right before we delve into all these matters..
Shoprite is SELLING THEIR SHARES… I repeat SHOPRITE IS SELLING THEIR SHARES…What does that mean? It means another chain of stores will take over their shares and automatically the brand name will change.
So I ask what has that got to do with anything? ..

Have you people even found out the kind of business arrangement shoprite has in Nigeria… Most shoprite stores you see in Nigeria is just a franchise agreement, business owners use the shoprite brand name to do their own business. Out of over 10 shoprite malls in Lagos, shoprite truly owns one that is Shoprite Game lekki the one by sandfill.. The very first one that came to Nigeria. (I don’t even know if this arrangement has changed) .
The rest are Nigeria owned malls, shoprite ikeja is actually ikeja city mall with a franchise agreement with shoprite …. Shoprite Maryland is Maryland shopping mall and several others like that.. .
So I ask wetin loss wey una dey cry?…..

Again anyone who has tried to do business with shoprite stores will know its just a matter of time before they leave Nigeria cos their way of doing business can never thrive in Nigeria.. It’s something synonymous with South African owned businesses in Nigeria, from Shoprite to pep… It’s as if they want to do business in Nigeria yet they don’t want to deal with Nigerians… You will be shocked to find imported cucumbers, tomatoes in shoprite meanwhile stores like spar already opted for local food stuffs.. Spar has their own farm in Nigeria where they grow their own fresh produce they sell in their stores to their standard.

A kg of tomatoes maybe 2500 in shoprite meanwhile spar is selling 1000 naira locally sourced good quality tomatoes… Which would the customers buy??
In every business the target market determines how the business goes and you must study your target market very well if you must make profit… So I wasn’t surprised to read that they are not making profit…
You bring imported lettuce for us in Nigeria to buy at ridiculous price meanwhile ebeano is selling at what price?

I know how many companies that stopped supplying shoprite because of this same shylock attitude in business.. Haven’t you wondered why they are no longer supplying Big Brother house as they used to? Right now I am aware BBN is using a third party to source for food yet its even a fairer deal than when dealing with shoprite…

Business in Nigeria has become so competitive now that your brand name can’t save you..
Is it not the same attitude of ‘big brand’ that coca cola brought sometime last year… They woke up to be selling a PET bottle of coke for 150 naira, after few months of customers rushing bigi, Pepsi and other products body tell them, they rushed back to flat rate of 100 naira…
Everyone now is an entrepreneur in Nigeria, it’s either you meet up with the Nigerian standard at a fair Nigerian price or you get booted out..

For those of us concerned about people losing their jobs, you should ask yourself who and who lost their jobs when Nicon and Nuga pulled out of Hilton in Nigeria ? We woke up to realise that it was no longer Nicon Hilton, it is now Transcorp Hilton..So that would be the same thing… We will Wake up to See that all shoprite stores have changed name to Something we will all find out together..
Oh yes that will cause some form of heartache to some people who are still given to Euphoria of ‘I’m going to shoprite’ other than that it will be a smooth transition from one business owner to.anotjer..

So biko you people should calm Down… Some have already started blaming Buhari… Odi egwu really..

© Christabel Adaure

Post Edit: New informatiom suggests they are only selling some shares to expand and they are not pulling out of Nigeria…
So can we now drink water and calm down???

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• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

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The United Arab Emirates has agreed to resume visa issuance to Nigerians, the government has said.

Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, announced this via his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

He disclosed that the move was to allow Emirates Airlines resume operations in Nigeria

He said, “UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria.

“Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation. Many thanks.”

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Mr Danu had protested the seizure of the money saying it was his legitimate earning and that he declared it with customs.

The United Kingdom has returned the sum of $100,000 confiscated by airport security from Nigerian businessman, Nasiru Danu, after a court gave judgment in his favour in a confiscation suit.

Court documents and banking details seen by this newspaper showed that the money was paid with interest that accrued in the last one year as ordered by a magistrate court on September 7.

Mr Danu was intercepted by officials of the United Kingdom Border Force and Immigration officials on arrival at the London airport on September 13, 2019 after his then newly-acquired Maltese passport with which he travelled there turned out to be fake.

The businessman, PREMIUM TIMES gathered, was duped of $35,000 by a ‘travel agency’ which offered to help him obtain a Maltese passport. Unknown to him the passport delivered to him by the agency was fake.

On returning to Nigeria, Mr Danu petitioned the State Security Service (SSS) over the passport fraud and his resultant arrest and deportation from the UK.

The SSS later referred the case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which is now pressing charges against one Rabbi Okpara.

PREMIUM TIMES had in December reported how Ms Okpara was docked by the EFCC before an FCT High Court for allegedly defrauding Mr Danu and other unsuspecting Nigerians.

Ms Okpara is the owner of Green Valley Concept Limited, a purported travel agency.

EFCC investigators said Ms Okpara used her travel agency to lure unsuspecting members of the public to buy into a sham travel/residency arrangement in Malta.

The EFCC said Ms Okpara in her statement to the agency admitted to liaising with a third party, one Mr Ugbaja, in obtaining these fake travel document for her clients.

Count one of the charges reads: “That you Rabbi Okpara and Jude Ugbaja(at large) sometime in August 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court conspired between yourselves to do an illegal act, to wit; causing to be used as genuine forged documents, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP, MI7 laws of Federation Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same act.”

Count two reads: “That you Rabbi Okpara, Jude Ugbaja ( at large), Green Valley Concept Ltd and Palmary Travels and Tours Ltd, sometimes in August 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court forged a maltase passport with the name Nasiru Haladu Danu with number 9647443 dated 27 April/AVR 2018 with intent that it be used as genuine; thereby committed an offence contrary to 320(a) of the Penal Code, Law of the Federation 1990 and punishable under section 322 of the same law.”

Seized cash returned

Aside deporting Mr Danu to Nigeria on his arrest at the airport in September, the UK authorities also took possession of $100,000 found on the businessman.

The businessman had protested the seizure of the money saying it was his legitimate earning and that he declared it appropriately with customs authorities in Nigeria before travelling with it to the UK.

Mr Danu also explained that he travelled with that amount of cash because his credit card had failed him repeatedly, leaving him stranded on a number of occasions.

But despite his explanations, the UK authorities seized the cash and approached a court for confiscation hearing.

However, the legal team for Mr Danu challenged the UK Border agency’s move to permanently confiscate the money. They succeeded.

“The court found that the security officials were wrong to seize the money as the money was from legitimate income which was not intended for an unlawful purpose and should therefore be returned to the owners,” said Mr Danu’s lawyer, Femi Joshua.

Mr Danu’s Nigerian Bank account was credited with the money with interest in two tranches of $50,471 on September 23, according to documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES.

When contacted Tuesday, Mr Danu said he was pleased that the court noted that he was a victim of crime by a syndicate which swindled him and sold him a fake passport.

“The court saw that I am a legitimate and honest businessman and that the cash found on me were legitimately earned and properly declared,” Mr Danu said.

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