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Cadbury, Others Lift All Share Index By N44bn

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Price gainers continued to outweigh losers on the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), as more stocks joined the league of gainers, resulting in further increase in market capitalisation by N44 billion.

Turnover also recorded significant increase as 347.4 million shares worth N2.2 billion changed hands in 6,596 deals, higher than 268.4 million units valued at N2.3 billion exchanged in 6,914 deals on Tuesday.

Specifically, at the close of transactions on Wednesday, 34 stocks witnessed price appreciation, compared to 19 that constituted the losers chart in the day.

The development impacted 0.7 per cent increase on the performance indicators with the market capitalisation rising by N44 billion from N6.061 trillion to N6.105 trillion, while the All-share index inched up by 179.14 basis points to close at 24,963.99 points from the previous 24,784.85 points.

Chemical and Allied products Plc topped the gainers chart with N1.50kobo increase to close at N33.00 per share, followed by Cadbury Nigeria Plc with N1.35kobo gain to close at N28.35.

Flourmills Nigeria Plc, Dangote Sugar and National Salt Company of Nigeria (NASCON)  that were the last three on top five gainers table notched up by N1.00kobo, 62kobo, and 36k obo to close at N76.00, N18.22 and N7.56  per share respectively.

Other gainers included Dangote Flourmills Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, GuarantyTrust Bank Plc,Skye Bank Plc, Constain West African Plc, Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, First City Monument Bank Plc ,Ecobank, Transcorp Plc, Sterling Bank Plc, Diamond BankPlc, Zenith Bank Plc, AfriBank Plc and IPL Plc adding 30 kobo,30 kobo,30 kobo,30 kobo,27kobo,24kobo,20kobo,17 kobo,12 kobo, ten kobo,ten kobo ,ten kobo, nine kobo and nine kobo to close at  and N7.89 per share respectively.

On the other hand, Nigeria Bottling Company led on the losers table, dropping by N1.40kobo to close at N31.00 per share, followed by Lafarge WAPCO with 47kobo decrease to close at N40.53 per share, while Unilever, Presco and Vitafoam lost 34 kobo, 28 kobo and 27 kobo to close at N23.66, N5.35 and N6.00 per share respectively among other losers.

Accounting for the volume of transactions yesterday, the banking sub-sector dominated in volume terms with 239.2 million shares worth N1.2 billion in 3,473 deals.

The conglomerates sub-sector followed with 24.9 million units valued at N144.6 million in 254 deals, while the insurance sub-sector ranked third with 19.2 million units worth N18.8 million exchanged in 263 deals.

Transactions in the shares of Bank PHB Plc boosted activities in the banking sub-sector with 78.3million shares worth N112.8million in 114deals followed by Sterling Bank Plc with 41.8million units valued at N87million in61deals.

Similarly, Transcorp Plc’s 20.8million units worth N10.4million energized activities in the conglomerates sub-sector while Unilever Nigerian Plc’s 1.9million units worth N45million followed in 86deals.

For the insurance sub-sector, Law union and Rock Plc’s 3.6million shares worth N1.8million  enhanced activities in the sub-sector while Aiico insurance 2.9million units worth N3.4 million followed in 93 deals.

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Lawmakers Want CBN To Halt Naira Devaluation

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The House of Representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to urgently put in place a policy to check further devaluation of the naira to the United States dollar and other international legal tenders.
The House decried that while the Nigerian currency was losing value, others in Africa were appreciating.
At the plenary on Wednesday, the House unanimously adopted a motion moved by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Pensions, Mr Bamidele Salam, which warned the CBN of the implications of further devaluing the naira.
The motion was titled, ‘Matter of urgent public importance on the need for the Central Bank of Nigeria to urgently put in place monetary policies to stop the free fall of the naira against the dollar and other international legal tenders’.
Salam recalled that the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, while addressing the Bankers’ Committee at a summit on the economy in Lagos earlier in February, informed the committee about the naira devaluation against the dollar.
The lawmaker also quoted Emefiele as saying at the summit that the official exchange rate stood at N410 to the dollar.
“That is 7.6 per cent weaker than the rate of N379 published on the central bank’s website,” Salam noted.
According to the lawmaker, while the value of the naira relative to the dollar had declined by nine per cent in the last six months, the South African rand and Ghanaian cedi had appreciated by 11.4 per cent and one per cent, respectively.
Salam also recalled that the CBN adopted multiple exchange rates in 2020, in a bid to avoid an outright devaluation. 
He noted that the official rate used as a basis for budget preparation and other official transactions differed from a closely controlled exchange rate for investors and exporters known as the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Rate Fixing Methodology.
He stressed that the naira had traded in a tight range between N400 and N410, while the NAFEX rate was different from the parallel market, considered illegal by the CBN, where the naira closed at 502.
Salam said, “The House is concerned that devaluation is likely to cause inflation because imports will be more expensive any imported goods or raw material will increase in price; aggregate demand increases, causing demand-pull inflation. Firms/exporters have less incentive to cut costs because they can rely on the devaluation to improve competitiveness.
 ”The concern is that the long-term devaluation may lead to lower productivity because of the decline in incentives.
 ”The House is further concerned that devaluation of the naira makes it more difficult for Nigerian youths especially in the IT sector, whose businesses are online and must necessarily transact businesses in the US dollars. 
“It also reduces real wages. In a period of low wage growth, a devaluation that causes rising import prices will make consumers feel worse off “.

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Four West African Countries To Buy Nigeria’s Unutilised Electricity

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Four West African countries, Niger, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso, are collaborating to buy the unutilised power produced in Nigeria. 
The Chairman of the Executive Board of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), Sule Abdulaziz, disclosed this at the WAPP meeting on the North core project in Abuja, on Wednesday. 
Abdulaziz, who is also the acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said the four countries were collaborating to make the power purchase from Nigeria through the North core Power Transmission Line currently being built.
He explained, “The power we will be selling is the power that is not needed in Nigeria.
“The electricity generators that are going to supply power to this transmission line are going to generate that power specifically for this project. So, it is unutilised power”.
He said Nigeria was expecting new generators to participate in the energy export for the 875km 330KV Northcore transmission line from Nigeria through Niger, Togo, Benin to Burkina Faso.
Abdulaziz said, “In addition, there are some communities that are under the line route, about 611 of them, which will be getting power so that there won’t be just a transmission line passing without impact”.
The WAPP chairman noted that the project, funded by World Bank, French Development Council and the African Development Bank, had recorded progress, adding that the energy ministers would be addressing security issues for the project at another meeting in Abuja.
He said, “Nigeria has the greatest advantage among these countries because the electricity is going to be exported from Nigerian Gencos (generation companies). 
“So, from that, the revenue is going to be enhanced and a lot of people will be employed in Nigeria”.
The Secretary-General, WAPP, Siengui Appolinaire-Ki, said the cost of the project was about $570 million, adding that part of the investment in each country would be funded by that particular nation.
According to him, the countries in the partnership, including Nigeria, are also being supported by donors.
He said the funding agreement was ready as partner countries were awaiting the disbursements.
Appolinaire-Ki, however, said the donor agencies had said they needed a Power Purchase Agreement between the buying and the selling countries to be executed before releasing the fund.

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Reps Probe N275bn Agric Loans Under Yar’Adua, Jonathan, Buhari

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The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the disbursement of loans and credit facilities by the Federal Government in the agriculture sector since 2009.
The period under review covers the administrations of the late Umaru Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan as well as the present President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The resolution was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Chike Okafor at the plenary last Wednesday, titled ‘Need to investigate disbursements of all agricultural loans/credit facilities to farmers from 2009 to date to enhance national food security’. 
Okafor said, from 2009 to date, the Federal Government had approved the disbursement of funds to farmers in various schemes to the tune of over N275billion, ranging from Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme to the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, to help farmers improve agricultural production and guarantee food security in Nigeria.
The lawmaker also noted that apart from increasing food supply, the schemes were to grant agricultural loans to large and small-scale commercial farmers to lower the prices of agricultural produce, generate employment and increase foreign exchange earnings.
He said, “The House is aware that since the approval, most farmers have not been able to access the loans due to stringent requirements being demanded by banks from prospective borrowers and the alleged siphoning of over N105billion meant for farmers by management of NIRSAL.
“The House is concerned that food production has not attained the expected level, despite the approval of over N275billion facilities to farmers. 
“The House is worried that the projected diversification of the economy from oil production to agricultural production and increase in agricultural output, food supply and promoting low food inflation will not be achieved if farmers are unable to access loans meant to increase agricultural production”.
Adopting the motion, the House resolved to mandate the Committee on Banking and Currency to “investigate disbursements and compliance of all agricultural loans/credit facilities to farmers from 2009 to date to enhance national food security in the country”.

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