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Stanbic IBTC Bank Offers 10,000 Units For Sale

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Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, a member of the Standard Bank Group is offering for sale 10,000,000 units of N1 each at N100 per unit of the Stanbic IBTC Bond fund (“SIBOND”)
The SIMM and SIBOND Funds which opened on Monday November 16, 2009 are part of Stanbic IBTC Group efforts towards helping investors build a portfolio of financial instrument and securities to hedge against the current economic showdown.
The offer for the SIMM will be opened for 5 days and close on Friday November 20, 2009 whilst the SIBOND will close on Wednesday December 23, 2009.
The funds, to be managed by Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, were unveiled stakeholders including the Securities & Exchange Commission, PHB capital & Trust Limited (trustee to the funds), First Registrars Nigeria Limited (registrars to the offer) and Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc (issuing house and receiving bank).
Chris Newson, CEO, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, said investors will benefit from the growth of these funds because the funds will be invested in instruments that will ensure return on corporate and investment banking garnered over many years, in addition to standard Bank’s rich heritage in investment banking, will help in guiding investment decisions thereby ensuring that subscribers derive value from them”, he added.
The fund he added, also enables individual and corporate investors invest in a diversified portfolio of fixed income securities, with the overall aim being to achieve competitive returns on the assets while safeguarding capital, by investing in a diversified portfolio of high quality bonds of government supranational and corporate issuers, including federal government bonds, state government bonds, corporate bonds, Eurobonds and other high yielding fixed income securities.
On the other hand , the SIMM would invest in wide range of very liquid short- term money market instruments such as guaranteed commercial papers, banks’ acceptance term deposits and certificates of deposit, among others, with financial institutions rate and above in Nigeria.
Prior to the introduction of the two new funds, Stabic IBTC Asset Management Limited already had under its management three mutual funds. They are the Stanbic IBTC Nigerian Equity fund which is currently Nigeria’s largest mutual fund; the Stanbic IBTC Ethical Fund, Nigeria’s first socially responsible quoted mutual fund, which allows subscribers to make profitable long-term investments without compromising their religious beliefs or principles and the Stanbic IBTC Guaranteed Investment Fund, a mutual that guarantees principal investments after holding the instrument for a minimum of three months.
The Stanbic IBTC Group has managed funds on behalf of pension schemes, retirement benefit plans and high net worth individuals closed to 2 decades.
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc is full service universal bank with a clear focus on three main business pillars corporate and investment banking, personal and business banking and wealth management which leverage on its industry expertise and international presence in 18 African countries (including Nigeria) and 21 countries outside Africa including Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and Latin America.

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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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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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