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Guinness Shareholders Approve N11.1bn Dividend

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The shareholders of Guinness Nigeria Plc, have approved the payment of N11.1 billion dividends amounting to N7.50 kobo per share for the financial year ended June 30, 2009.
At the company’s 59th yearly general meeting in Lagos, a cross section of the shareholders commended the management for remaining on the part of profitability despite various challenges.
Sir, Sunny Nwosu chairman of Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN) commended the workers of the company for their dedication to duties.
According to him, workers of Guinness Nigeria Plc, have continued to strive as part of measures to position the company for the challenges ahead.
He spoke on sundry issues, urged the management of the company to put structures in place aimed at paying bonus to shareholders at next year’s yearly general meeting.
The chairman, Mr. Babatunde Salvage, in his statement, said Guinness remains stable and strong with “impressive performance and great heritage”.
Furthermore, he explained that within the period under review, the company has made significant progress in all operational parameter.
“Our Management Director, Devin Hainsworth, the leadership team and our over 1,000 employees have worked together successfully to execute the company’s strategy, deliver on our commitments and position the company for future growth Salvage explained.
While briefing the shareholders, Salvage explained that with strong brand and talented people, “We will continue to improve our processes to achieve excellence in project execution and service delivery in order to achieve accelerated growth”.
Highlights of results approved at the Board Meeting include a turnover of N89 billion which represents an increase of 29 per cent over the previous years result and a trading profit N19.81 billion, an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year.
Earnings per share also increased by 14 per cent to 918 kobo profit before tax grew by 11 per cent to N19 billion up from N17 billion.
Briefing the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) recently salvage said the company had brought innovation into its business adding that Nigeria is now the second largest market for Guinness in the world.
He explained that with over 80,000 shareholders Guinness has put necessary structures in place aimed at improving on its performance.
Mr. Delvin Haivesworth, the Managing Director of the company attributed the company’s performance in the financial year under review to “Management Winning Strategy”.
According to him “It is noteworthy that despite the harsh economic climate in the global and Nigerian economies and increased competitiveness the shares of Guinness Nigeria has remained stable and attractive to investors which demonstrates the confidence that the public has in Guinness Nigeria Plc”.
Making reference to its key corporate social responsibility (CSR), which falls under the “Water of Life Scheme” Guinness said it has provided water for over 450,000 people in various communities in Lagos, Ogun, Benue, Oyo and Abia states between 2008/2009.
It added that roads have also been constructed in Benin City, Edo State while about 10 students are presently benefiting from its scholarship scheme among others.
However, to maintain a share perception of the company’s goal, Hainsworth said Guinness is committed to communicating information to employees in a fast and effective a manner as possible.

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NASS, MDAs’ Non-Remittance Of Taxes Cost FIRS N5.8bn …NCAA Tops Defaulters With N2,984bn

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Non-remittance of tax deductions by the National Assembly, comprising the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies has resulted in a loss of tax revenue amounting to N5.8 billion by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in 2019.
Disclosing this in its 2019 Annual Report on non-compliance, internal control, and weakness issues in MDAs of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation said it is for the year ended December 31, 2019.
The MDAs, according to the Report, are the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New Bussa; Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority; Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited; Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, Jigawa State; Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State; Department of Petroleum Resources; National Assembly Service Commission; and Nigerian Correctional Services.
It stated that between 2018 and 2019, the MDAs failed to either remit one per cent stamp duty, value added tax, withholding tax or Pay As You Earn tax deducted from awarded contracts, thereby contravening sections of the Financial Regulations and Treasury Circular issued on December 29, 2015.
The Report further stated that Paragraph 234(I) of the Financial Regulations states that “it is mandatory for accounting officers to ensure full compliance with the dual roles of making provision for the Value Added Tax and withholding tax due on supply and services contract and actual remittance of same”.
Specifically, it quoted Paragraph 235, saying, “Deduction of VAT, WHT, and PAYE shall be remitted to Federal Inland Revenue Service at the same time the payee who is the subject of deduction is paid”.
It continued that the Treasury circular Ref No. TRY/A12&B12/2015 and OAGF/CAD/VOL.II/390, dated December 29, 2015, states that “1% Stamp Duty chargeable on contract awards and the remittance be made to the relevant tax authority (Federal Inland Revenue Service)”.
The Report also stated: “The audit observed that the sum of N5,828,621,715.06 was the amount of taxes not remitted by 12 Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has the highest amount of N2,984,887,250.00, while Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, New Bussa has the least amount of N1,021,011.13”.

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NCS, Apapa Records N870,39bn Revenue Boost

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The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) recorded an impressive performance in its revenue generation and anti-smuggling campaign in 2021.
Disclosing this recently during a review of its activities in 2021, the Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, said the sum of N870.38 billion of the N2.24 trillion announced recently by the Service was collected in Apapa Command in 2021.
Giving an insight into the command’s revenue profile, Malanta told newsmen that the  N870.38 billion collected by the command was 68 percent more than what was collected in 2020 which was N518.4 billion.
He stayed that the Command recorded 103 seizures worth N31 billion in 2021.
Malanta identified the seizures as 46.55kg of cocaine, which was concealed on board MV Karteria and MV Chayanee Naree laden with raw sugar; containers of foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, secondhand clothes, unregistered pharmaceuticals such as captagon pills, tramadol, codeine syrup, etc.
“These were seizures made in accordance with the provisions of sections 46, 47, and 161 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP C45 LFN 2004. These seizures are condemned by a competent court of law and the suspects are still undergoing investigation and interrogation”, the Customs boss said.
He continued that 5.38 metric tons of non-oil commodities were exported through the command as against 1.3 million metric tons in 2020.
According to him, the Free on Board (FOB) value for the exported items rose from $340 million (N140 billion) in 2020 to $641 million (N264 billion) last year.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Customs Intercepts N6, 974m Worth PMS

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Barely two weeks after seizing a tank-full equivalent of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known locally as petrol, the  Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 1005 jerry cans of the same product.
The product, amounting to 3000 litres, is with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth  of N6,974,750.00.
A statement signed by the Command’s Spokesman, DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, and made available to our correspondent in Lagos at the weekend, said the seizure was made during a routine check of the adjoining creeks, beaches, and flash points.
The statement quoted the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo, as saying that “as long as unrepentant and undesirable elements engage in acts of economic sabotage and smuggling, so shall officers and men remain a step ahead to counter their illicit trades”.
The statement further reads: “In continuation of our efforts to suppress smuggling of petroleum products within the nooks and crannies of the command, officers and men of the Seme Area Command on a routine patrol along the creeks within Seme and Badagry intercepted another large quantity of petroleum products in sacks.
“After successful evacuation of the said item to the command’s premises where examination was conducted, one thousand and five (1005)x 30 litres of jerry cans of petroleum products each, equivalent to thirty thousand, one hundred and fifty (30,150) litres  were discovered. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) is Six million, nine hundred and seventy four thousand, seven hundred and fifty naira (N6,974,750.00), only”.
While showcasing the seized products, Jibo commended the doggedness, patriotism, dedication and high level of professionalism exhibited by his men, noting that the new Land Cruiser patrol vehicles (Buffalo) recently donated to commands by the Management of the NCS has aided the operation of the command, as the vehicles enhance access to a wider circle.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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