Despite the resurgence of activities in the secondary market triggered by the drop in inflation rate for February released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the expected yield on the FGN Bonds was on the downside last week according to market reports.
Investors that invested in the market earlier in March in anticipation of the surge in inflation rates in February were disappointed as there was decline in most of the liquid bonds. Market analysts say the decline was due to the fact that inflation erodes the power of bond’s future cashflows.
The 7th series bond, for instance, depreciated to 15.25 per cent last Friday as against the 15.46 per cent it opened the week even as the yields on the 5th series 2 bond dropped to 15.19 per cent on Friday from 15.36 per cent that it opened the week.
Also, the yields on the 9th series decreased to 15.41 percent on the same day compared with the 15.44 per cent that it opened the week under review.
In volume terms, activities in the bond market was driven by the monthly auction which took place on Wednesday, 28 March during which two bonds were offered. They were the 7.00 October 23, 2019 (N20 billion ) and 16.39 January 27, 2022 (30 billion). They were re-opened at Marginal rates of 15.30 percent and 15.41 percent while their subscription levels 216.50 per cent and 127.00 percent respectively.
Also, there was an additional (N50 billion of 16.39 January 27,2022 allotted on a non-competitive basis. The marginal rates during auction was at a lower ebb against expectation as yields in the market dipped across several short-to-medium term maturities, the highest being the 12 month treasures that dropped 67 basis points according to market reports.
Transactions over-the-counter Bond Market recorded a total of 116 million units valued at N101.6 billion in 1,029 deals last week up from a total of 91.23 million units in 875 transactions in the week which ended March 22, 2012.
Specifically, the most traded bond which measured by volume was the 16.39 percent FGN January 2022 (9th FGN bond 2022 series 1) with a recorded volume of 23.25 million valued sold at N24.8 billion 311 transactions.
The 10.50 percent FGN March 2014 (eight FGN Bond 2014 series 1) followed with a traded volume of 22.56 million units at the value of N20.9 billion exchanged in 220 deals.
According to the Nigerian Stock Market report there was no transaction through the Stock Market in the federal government development stocks, State Government Bonds and Industrial Loans/Preference Stocks Sectors. The Equities sector of the market recorded a total transaction of 1.443 billion units of shares valued at N11.53 billion traded in 18,849 deals compared with a total of 1.212 billion units of shares traded at N15.7 billion exchanged in 17,979 deals the previous week.
The financial service sector the report said, accounted for 1.13 billion units of shares at the value of N7.03 billion recorded in 10,896 deals while the consumer Goods Sector followed with 74.34 million shares valued at N2.9 billion traded in 3,324 deals.
On the price movement chart, the NSE All-share Index shed 2.6 percent to close at 20,652.47 basis points while the market capitalisation of listed equities finished lower at N6.55 trillion.
The NSE-30 Index dipped by 3.5 per cent to close at 938.84 points. Only one out of the four sectorial indices appreciated during the week under review.
The NSE-Insurance Index appreciated by 3.4 per cent to end the week at 124.28 points even as the NSE-Consumer Goods Index dropped by 2.23 per cent to close at 1,708.04 points.
The NSE-Banking Index nose dived by 6.6 percent to finish at 283.04 points.
In the quarterly analysis of the nation’s stock market, the market dipped by 0.38 per cent for the first quarter as the index fell from 20,730.63 to close at 20,652.47 points while the market capitalisation of listed equities added N16 billion to close higher at N6.549 trillion.
Traders Protest FG’s Move To Restore Festac Town
The move by the Federal Government to restore Festac Town in Lagos to its original status has sparked up protest among traders occupying Agboju Amuwo Planks and Building Materials Market.
The traders on Wednesday, protested at the FHA office in Festac Town against the demolition of their market, following the demolition of illegal structures by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) ahead of the restoration.
The Tide recalls that there was a petition to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, in 2020 about illegal structures that had taken over Festac Town.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on the restoration of Festac town organised by FHA, last year, its South-West Zonal Manager, Mr Akintola Olagbemiro, said, “This year, we commenced the restoration of Festac town, following the consent judgement from the court against illegal occupants of Festac land.
“Our action is to save the residents from the insecurity that has taken over the entire Festac town as a result of illegal structures everywhere”.
The chairman of allottees of First Gate to Third Gate, Mr Kole Olatunji, in his remarks at the meeting said the land from First Gate to Third Gate was allocated between 1985 and 1999, noting that with the consent judgment, original owners of the land as allocated should take over their plots.
But the chairman of plank market, Muhammed Bello, protested the seven-day notice given to traders to vacate the place without alternative arrangements.
Bello said: “How do they expect us to remove our wares in seven days?
“What we want is that they should allow us to remain there and we will pay whatever amount they ask us to pay”.
Speaking in the same vein, the chairman of Cane Chair and Furniture Association, Emmanuel Okoye said: “We need freedom. Let them tell us where they want us to stay. That place was swampy. We filled the place with several millions of Naira which we got as loans.
“We also rely on loans to do our business. Whatever the government wants us to pay; we are ready to pay to remain there. We have been there for 27 years. What we lost to the demolition is over N300 million”.
Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills Five, Injures Two In Ogun
No fewer than five persons were on Wednesday burnt to death, while two others sustained first degree of injury in a fuel tanker explosion at Ajilete, along Owode-Idiroko road, in Yewa South local government area of Ogun State.
Eyewitness accounts revealed that a truck bearing 33,000 litres of petroleum product was descending the steep portion of the road when its tank suddenly detached from truck’s body and tumbled to the ground with a bang.
The explosion, the witnesses said, killed five persons on the spot, while two other persons were injured.
The Tide learnt that the seven victims were all residents of the area where the accident occurred.
Confirming the incident, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Commander, Idiroko Unit, Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, said five deaths were recorded in the accident which occurred at about 8.15 am on Wednesday.
According to him, the remains of the dead had been claimed by their families.
He disclosed that a bus and a motorcycle were also caught in a web of the explosion and razed.
He said, “no vehicle rammed into the tanker. The tank dropped off from the back of the tanker and exploded. The number of persons involved are seven; five dead, two injured.
“The driver had taken away the head of the truck as at the time we got there. But we have allowed the police to take charge and handle that aspect”.
Travellers To Access $4,000 As CBN Boosts Forex Supplies
Nigerians travelling abroad can now access a maximum amount of $4,000 foreign exchange from banks following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) announcement to increase forex supplies.
The CBN had said in a recent statement that it had concluded plans to increase the amount of foreign exchange allocated to banks to meet legitimate needs.
This followed the warning by the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to Deposit Money Banks to desist from denying customers the opportunity to purchase foreign exchange.
The purposes to access forex included Personal Travel Allowance, Basic Travel Allowance, tuition fees, and medical payments as well as Small and Medium Enterprises transactions or for the repatriation of Foreign Direct Investment proceeds, the CBN had stated.
Sources from some of the banks said those travelling on business trips could also access a maximum amount of $5,000 for each trip.
At a virtual Bankers’ Committee meeting last week, the bankers discussed how the CBN intended to assist with forex to ensure availability for the upcoming summer period and the return of students to school in September.
The CBN also said the BDCs would continue to have their weekly allocations.
The committee observed that the rates were going up.
It stated, “The CBN has said that all the banks must make availability at all times and anyone who wants to buy BTA, PTA, medical fees, student school fees and all the eligible invisible purchases to ensure that Nigerians are not forced to go and queue in the parallel market.
“So what the Central Bank is doing is to encourage all banks to make sure that there is available forex at all times, and that his information should be communicated on all our platforms.
“We are asking our customers to come to the branches and for BTA, for example, present the required documents, which are basically your international passport, your visa, your valid ticket and fill up the form in the bank.
“And what we have been instructed to do is ensure that we don’t turn anybody back and that we should request from the Central Bank once we exhaust the forex that we have.
“The idea is to have a hitch-free summer period and the resumption for children to go back to school. The idea is to ensure there is less pressure on the forex and then the rates will come down”.
Speaking during the virtual meeting, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, said, “I think again as part of the Central Bank’s role in terms of price stability and the need to support small and medium enterprises, there was highlight of the need for banks to go and support SMEs who import small raw materials for them to set up their businesses”.
The Managing Director, Ecobank, Patrick Akinwuntan, said, “All banks are available to ensure forex need is met.”
Managing Director, Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, said the CBN had provided sufficient foreign exchange to meet the needs of all legitimate Nigerian travellers and therefore, the idea of going to any other market should not arise at all.
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