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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

15 Dec 2017

Nigeria tariff causes car imports to fall, fuels smuggling - ports authority

LAGOS, Dec 15 A Nigerian tariff on car imports aimed at boosting local production has reduced the number of vehicles brought into the country this year by a quarter and fuelled smuggling from neighbouring Benin, the ports authority said.

08 Dec 2017

Helios, others bid for Nigerian telecoms firm 9mobile - sources

LAGOS Private equity firm Helios Investment Partners has submitted a bid to acquire Nigeria's 9mobile under a sale process aimed at finding new investors for the debt-laden telecoms firm, one person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

08 Dec 2017

Helios, others bid for Nigerian telecoms firm 9mobile -sources

LAGOS, Dec 8 Private equity firm Helios Investment Partners has submitted a bid to acquire Nigeria's 9mobile under a sale process aimed at finding new investors for the debt-laden telecoms firm, one person fimilar with the matter told Reuters.

04 Dec 2017

Nigeria's Access Bank targets West African trade services as foreign lenders exit

LAGOS, Dec 4 Nigeria's Access Bank plans to grow its trade payment and settlement service over the next five years as foreign lenders faced with increased regulation at home cut their correspondent banking exposure to West Africa.

29 Nov 2017

Nigeria's Lafarge Africa aims to cut debt with first equity sale in decade

LAGOS, Nov 29 Lafarge Africa will use part of the proceeds of a 131.65 billion naira ($415 million) rights issue to cut debt by around $270 million, almost halving its foreign currency exposure, the cement maker said in its offer document.

31 Oct 2017

Nigeria's Access Bank eschews M&A in Ghana growth strategy

LAGOS, Oct 31 Nigeria's Access Bank plans to pursue organic growth in Ghana rather than mergers or acquisitions after the central bank raised the minimum capital requirement for lenders in the West African country, its group chief executive said on Tuesday.

23 Oct 2017

Nigerian firm Oando's share price frozen pending regulatory audit

LAGOS, Oct 23 Shares in Nigerian oil firm Oando Plc have been frozen at 5.99 naira until further notice, the stock exchange said on Monday after the regulator ordered a forensic audit into the company.

21 Oct 2017

Lafarge Africa seeks approval to launch 132 bln naira rights issue

LAGOS, Oct 20 Cement maker Lafarge Africa is expecting regulatory approval from Nigerian authorities for a 131.65 billion naira ($431.43 million) rights issue as it focuses on Nigeria for growth and expands into Ghana, its chief financial officer said on Friday.

19 Oct 2017

Nigerian lenders pick Barclays to find new investors for 9mobile - sources

LAGOS Nigerian lenders have picked Barclays to try to find new investors for debt-laden 9mobile, two banking sources said on Thursday.

17 Oct 2017

INTERVIEW-Nigeria looks to food exports to boost FX income after oil shock

ABUJA, Oct 17 Nigeria is looking to boost agricultural exports to earn more hard currency, and aims to cut imports of rice and wheat which together cost it almost $4 billion a year, Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh told Reuters.

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