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Analysts Fault Share Re-denomination

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The recently proposed plain to re-denominate the nominal value of shares by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is seen as an unnecessary exercise by capital market analysts. The Exchange’s authorities has revealed plans to change the per value of shares from the 50 kobo it is now to N1: A major reason given for the plan is the need to firm up the market, make it more compact and efficient by streamlining the share structures of quoted players. This, it is believed, would help pricing and restore investor confidence.
Investigation carried out revealed that some market operators are not excited by the plan due to the fact that not all the companies on the floor of the Exchange have bloated share structures.
The Assistant General Manager of NSE, Mr. Sola Oni, had described the move as a “good development for the market”. He said that stakeholders would be invited for the issue to be deliberated upon before the implementation.
Mr. Samuel Olayemi, a consultant with perfection Nominees Limited, noted that it is an unnecessary exercise to embark upon. He said that companies were listed at their nominal value after a conclusion, was made that all should come into an equilibrium whereby all of them would be rated at the same nominal value of 50 kobo ordinary share.
He observed that moving the nominal value to NI is asking the companies to go into unnecessary expenditure. “The book value of the companies would not change but they would have incurred unnecessary costs”, he said.
Mr. Funmi Abiodun, a stockbroker with Supra Commercial Trust Limited, pointed out that the implication of this initiative is that the volume of shares in the market would be reduced by 50 percent while the par unit price of the stocks would double.
Abiodun suggested that companies with large volumes of shares be allowed to undergo share reconstruction in their own interests and should not be a forced action for all companies in the capital market.
The National Chairman of Pregressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, Mr. Boniface Okezie, said that the exercise would add no value to the investment of shareholders on the floor of NSE.
He noted that going by naira value as the nominal value for stocks should mean that companies should also pay dividend in naira value, which he did not see happening, especially in the insurance sector.
He advised that instead of the exercise share reconstruction should be carried out by companies with bloated shares while the ones with lesser share structure should apply sharebuy-back.

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ICT Skills’ll Deliver Economic Independence To Nigerian Girls – NITDA

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that if Nigerian girls are taught relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills at a young age, they will be set up for economic independence in future.
The Agency who made this remark through a press release signed by its Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, joined the global community to mark the “Girls in ICT Day.” The day which is marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April falls on the 23rd April this year.
In the statement, Mrs Umar said that the Agency is highlighting the need to promote technology career opportunities for girls and women in ICT, the world’s fastest growing sector.
She said, “During this year’s celebration, NITDA is drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women to participate actively in the ICT sector of our economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had estimated skills shortfall of over two million jobs in the ICT sector within the next few years. This opens a huge opportunity for girls and young women who have the ability to learn Coding, Apps Development, Computer Science and other ICT related courses.
“This will not only make them ready for a successful career in the ICT sector, but ICT skills are rapidly becoming a strong advantage for students in just about any other field they might choose to pursue. With technology playing vital role in all manner of careers, from Arts to Social Sciences, and from Law to History, to Graphic Design, learning ICT skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. Furthermore, the ICT sector needs more girls and women and celebrating a day like this reminds us that ICT helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.
“It contributes significantly towards better healthcare, better environmental management, better communication, and better educational systems that transform the way children and adults learn. NITDA, in its proactive manner and in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as in furtherance of bridging the gender imbalance in ICT in Nigeria, has embarked on series of Capacity Building programmes for women and girls across the country. Girls with ICT skills can expect to earn good wages and enjoy huge career opportunities.

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Keystone Bank Disowns Ex-staff, Fake Investment Company

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Keystone Bank Limited has alerted customers of the activities of one Mr. Obinna Onuselogu, who parades a company, Triple C Investment Limited, as an affiliate of the bank with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank, in a statement yesterday, said Onuselogu, who used to be a staff, was no longer in its employ.
It added that anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of the bank does so at his/her own risk.
“Please note further that Keystone Bank is neither related nor affiliated to any company known as Triple C Investment Limited, which Mr. Onuselogu claims to be its chief executive officer.
“Anyone who transacts any business with him purportedly in the name of Keystone Bank does so at his/her own risk,” the statement said.
It was learnt that the ex-staff has been using the name of the bank and its executives claiming to be in partnership with the bank with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The bank said it was working on a legal process and security agents to put an end to the unscrupulous activities of the so-called Tripple C Investment and its agents.

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Fishermen Union Warn Against Dead Floating Fish Consumption

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The Bonny Indigenous Fishermen’s Cooperative Union has set up a 20-man task force to work with the police and arrest any person or group of persons found with the polluted floating fish along Bonny sea and creeks.
President of the union, comrade Promise Bristol, made this known in a chat with newsmen in Bonny.
Bristol observed that a large quantity of different species of fish were found dead, floating on the sea, from the Atlantic Ocean to the communities and fishing ports in Andoni and Bonny Local Government Areas.
According to him, the species of fish included croaker, popularly known as “broke marriage”, “shine nose”, mackerel, among others.
Bristol lamented that the incident had brought untold hardship to the fishermen in the areas, saying that fishing is their only source of livelihood and appealed to government at all levels to come to their aid.
Bristol said the cause of the death of the fishes was unknown and warned members of the public against their consumption, pointing out that consumption of such fishes could be detrimental to human health.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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