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Firms’ Performance At Exchange Boosts Share Index

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Impressive half year results posted by some companies last week sustained the positive trend in the equities market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as the bench mark, index NSE All share Index hit 11-month high.

Though the market opened the reviewed week on a bullish note, the bears set in due to attempted profit-taking by some investors. The bears were, however, halted as the remaining three trading days of the week witnessed a renewed demand pushing the All-Share index up by 2.8 percent having opened at 22,110.91 basis points to close at 22,741.06 basis points.

Market watchers say the last time the all-share attained that level was August 2011. The NSE All share Index exceeded the 22,000 threshold in May and the highest in that mouth was 22,665.99 basis points.

Also, the second market performance gauges, the aggregate market capitalization of listed equities gained gained 285 basis points to finish higher at N7.26 trillion having opened at N7.04 trillion.

Four out of the Five Sectorial indices finished in the green. The NSE-30 index added 630.15 points representing 9.70 per cent rise even as the NSE Consumer Goods Index garnered 23.43 points indicating 2.27 per cent increase while the NSE Banking-10 index chalked 26.20 points or 1.43 percent rise. The NSE Insurance-10 index appreciated by 1.48 points or 1.16 per cent growth while the NSE oil and gas-5 index dipped by 0.63 points or 0.36 per cent drop.

The market recorded a total turnover volume of 1.459 billion units of shares valued at N9.618 billion exchanged by investors in 18,276 transactions up from a total of 1.007 billion units of shares worth N8.507 billion traded the previous week in 18,352 deals.

Meanwhile, in the over-the-counter bond market, the 20-year, 10.00 per cent FGN July 2030 bond gained N0.23 even as yield dropped to 14.60 per cent while the 5-year 4.00 per cent FGN April 2015 debt paper appreciated by N0.15 even as yield decreased to 15.91 per cent.

On the flipside saw the 10-year, 7.00 per cent FGN October 2009 debt paper dropping N0.10 while yield moderated to 16.07 per cent. The 7-year 9.25 per cent FGN September 2014 debt paper also lost N0.14 with its yield increasing to 15.91 per cent just as the 3-year, 10.50 per cent FGN March 2013 bond mellowed by N0.15 with yield surging to 15.89 percent.

The re-opening bonds this week will consist of 5-year, 15.10 per cent FGN April 2017 bond valued at N25 billion, 7-year 16.00 percent FGN June 2019 debt paper worth N25 billion and 10-year 16.39 per cent FGN January 2022 paper at the value of N25 billion. The total value of FGN bonds to be issued by the Debt management office stands at N75 billion.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during the week under review sold treasury bills worth n95.56 billion. The apex bank sold N30.16 billion of 91-day paper at 13.75 per cent at its ???-monthly auction compared with 14.90 per cent at its previous auction.

 

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Traders Protest FG’s Move To Restore Festac Town

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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”.

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Fuel Tanker Explosion Kills Five, Injures Two In Ogun

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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”.

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Travellers To Access $4,000  As CBN Boosts Forex Supplies

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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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