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Bulls Drive Exchange Index To Seven-Month High

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The bulls drove the market for the week ended April 27, 2012 despite the drop in the turnover as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) performance indicators hit a seven and half months.

Market “watchers attributed the feat to an increased inflow of capital from foreign institutional investors due to the prospects of impressive returns on investments.

In specific terms, the NSE All Share Index, the barometer for measuring the performance of listed equities surged by 1.62 per cent to finish at 22,109.44 basis points as against 21,756.50 bass points recorded the previous week.

Also, the market capitalisation which measures the value of listed equities rose by N112.55 billion to close at N7.05 trillion compared with the N6.93 trillion recorded the preceding week, according NSE weekly report.

Consequently, the percentage year to date gains of the index and market capitalisation increased to 6.55 per cent and 7.94 per cent respectively.

As at August 16, 2011, according to transactions, the Market Capitalisation of traded equities stool at N7.290 trillion while the All Share Index was 22,792.06 basis points; however the year to date performance then was at a negative of 7.99 per cent lower than 2011 year opening level.

Market watchers said the bullish run is largely driven by speculation that the market recently inaugurated, were about to start operations in the market but the broker leaders should come on board to sustain the trend.

According to the NSE weekly report, three out of the four sectoral indices were on the upside at the end of the week under review. The NSE Consumer Goods index appreciated by 23.46 points to close at 1,787.72 while the NSE Banking Index added 5.78 points to finish at 319.73.

Similarly NSE Oil/Gas Index garnered 13.19 points to close higher at 192.53 while the NSE Insurance Index dipped by 0.77 points to finish lower at 124.94.

At the close of market last week, a total of 1.916 billion units of shares valued at N16.664 billion were exchanged by investors in 23,143 transactions down from a recorded volume of 2.049 billion units of shares worth N15.736 billion traded in 19,783 deals the previous week.

The most active in volume terms during the reviewed week was the banking sub-sector of the Financial Services Sector which recorded a turnover of 1.520 billion units of shares valued at N11.940 billion in 13,265 deal Volume in the banking subsector, the report said, was largely driven by activity in the shares of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank and \First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) which accounted for 875.54 million units of shares. This represents 57.59 percent, 52.91 per cent and 46.69 per cent of the turnover recorded by the subsector, sector and total market turnover for the week respectively.

The Insurance Carriers, broker Services Subsector of the Financial Service Sector boosted by activity in the shares of AIICO Insurance emerged second on the week’s activity table having recorded a subsector turnover of 47.755 million units of shares valued at N23.918 million in 532 trades.

 

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FG To Eradicate Multiple Taxation In Mining Sector – Adegbite

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The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, says the Federal Government is setting in place various measures to eradicate multiple taxation for miners.
At the flagship Forum last Tuesday in Abuja, Adegbite said the ministry was engaging with the three tiers of government to resolve this issue.
He said that this informed the recent webinars and advocacy engagements by the ministry with all stakeholders in the country involved in the mining industry.
He said that though the constitution vested control of mineral resources in Nigeria in the Federal Government, the fund goes into the Federation Account, of which everybody participates.
He added that all the 774 local governments got money from that account but if they cut corners by disturbing the miners with unnecessary local taxes they get discouraged.
“So, it is double jeopardy when you go and do all these illegal taxes, or you go and disturb the miners, when you will benefit from what is derived in your place, you get a 13 per cent derivation.
“You also get your share of the federal accounts as of course laid down statutorily. So, it is a continuous process, we educate everybody and I think we are getting good results.”
The minister said there was a Mineral Resource Committee (MIRENCO) in every state and the chairman was nominated by the governor of that state, so that he would be in the know about everything going on about mining in that state.
He said that the chairman of that committee was to oversee all the activities between the miners, the community, the state government and the Federal Government.
“So, on that committee, the Federal Government has representatives, the local government has representatives, the governor chooses the chairman and then Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders bring in representatives as well.
“So, through this committee, everybody can participate, and make sure that we work in harmony, bake a bigger pie so everybody can share.
“So, it is continuous advocacy, we let them know what we are doing and of course they can also participate, where they do not understand or where the governor has any problem he can always ask the chairman.”
On the issue of rock blasting, he said cities had expanded to meet quarries.
According to him, quarrying is a necessity, because stones are needed to make concrete when building roads and houses.

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Nigeria Lost N53.26bn To Gas Flaring In Two Months – NNPC

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Nigeria lost an estimated N53.26billion in the first two months of this year as international oil companies and local players flared a total of 33.04 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas.
The oil companies wasted 17.53 billion scf of gas in February, compared to 15.51 billion scf in January, according to data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
With the price of natural gas put at $3.93 per 1,000scf as of Wednesday, the 33.04 billion scf flared translates to an estimated loss of $129.85million or N53.26billion (using the official exchange rate of N410.13/dollar).
The NNPC, in its latest monthly report, said out of the 206.05 billion scf produced in February, a total of 133.06 billion scf was commercialised, consisting of 40.15 billion scf and 92.91 billion scf for the domestic and export market respectively.
It said this implied that 64.48 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialised while the balance of 35.52 per cent was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared.
Gas flare rate was 7.67 per cent in February (i.e. 565.52 million standard cubic feet per day), compared to 7.73 per cent in January (i.e. 554.01 million scfd).
In January, a total of 223.55 billion scf of natural gas was produced, translating to an average daily production of 7,220.22 million scfd.
Out of the total gas output in January, a total of 149.24 billion scf was commercialised, consisting of 44.29 billion scf and 104.95 billion scf for the domestic and export markets respectively.
Firms producing less than 10,000 barrels of oil per day will pay a gas flare penalty of $0.5 per 1,000 scf.
The penalties paid by oil and gas companies for flaring gas in the country will be invested to build midstream gas infrastructure in host communities, according to a new provision introduced into the Petroleum Industry Bill by the National Assembly.
“Moneys received from gas flaring penalties by the commission (Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission) pursuant to this subsection, shall be transferred to the Midstream Gas Infrastructure Fund for investment in midstream gas infrastructure within the host communities of the settlor on which the penalties are levied,” the Senate and House of Representatives said in subsection (4) of section 104 of the bill.

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Nigeria To Boost Trade Volume Through ECOWAS TPOs

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Nigeria is poised to boost its non-oil exports following the official launch of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Promotion Organisations (PTOs).
With Executive Director /CEO of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Segun Awolowo, as the inaugural president of the ECOWAS TPOs, the NEPC is repositioning the nation’s export through the implementation of its N50 billion Export Expansion Facility Programme (EEFP), a part of the Economic Sustainability Plan whose development and implementation is being led by the Vice President.
EEFP is expected to significantly raise the volume of non-oil exports in Nigeria, and it’s a spin-off of the Zero Oil Plan developed by Awolowo and approved by the President.
Besides providing financial support for the average Nigerian exporter, EEFP is also going to see the establishment of top-notch warehouses close to airports where Nigerian goods meant for export would be packaged to globally competitive standards ahead of their exportation.
The EEFP, in line with the FG’sEconomic Sustainability Plan (ESP), is focused on cushioning the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on non-oil export businesses,thereby safeguarding jobs and creating new ones.
In March, Minister of Industry,Tradeand Investment (MITI), Niyi Adebayo, officially flagged off the EEFP and launched the first online Grant Management Portal (GMP) for non-oil exports.
While the EEFP is being implemented by the NEPC, the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is the supervisory body over the agency and its operations.
It was learnt although the programme anticipated 500 beneficiaries, since the launch, it has received over 3,500 applications for the grant, out of which over 2,000 were verified after meeting the eligibility criteria.
Federal Government officials said further details and plans on disbursement to final successful beneficiaries are being awaited.

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