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Shareholders Decry Regulators’ Attitude Towards Investors

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Shareholders say the nonchalant attitude of capital market
regulators toward investors is a major cause of their dismal confidence in the
market. The shareholders stated this in Lagos.

They claimed that the Federal Government, the Nigerian Stock
Exchange (NSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had not done
enough to encourage domestic portfolio investment since the market nearly
collapsed in 2008.

They also and  that
most of them were aggrieved that the regulators abandoned them, in spite of
boosting the nation’s economy through domestic investments in the capital
market and government bonds.

Mr Boniface Okezie, the President of the Progressive
Shareholders Association of Nigeria (PSAN), urged the NSE, SEC and the Ministry
of Finance to woo the investors back to the
market since it had survived “ beyond the holocaust days’’.

He said that the current reforms being undertaken by the
regulators could not restore lost confidence in the nation’s capital market,
but a coordinated enlightenment and people-friendly economic policies.

“The market we are seeing today on a rally point happened on
its own and not because of a specific reform by the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC) or the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE),’’ he said.

Okezie said that it was necessary for Nigerians to find out
whether the government’s appointees had made any effort to embrace and woo the investors
who left back.

“ They need to talk to these investors and explain to them
the reason why the market is functioning the way it is,” he added.

According to him, there is also the need for the regulators
to address the issues that led to the loss.

The PSAN president said that asking multinationals to enlist
on the market was not the way to go as it was still on a downward trend with no
guarantee of a steady appreciation.

“They can only list when there is a guaranteed atmosphere
that their share price would not dip dismally. Those who are already listed,
how is the economy protecting their investments?” he queried.

Another shareholder, Mr Bayo Adeleke, agreed with Okezie,
saying that the NSE had not done enough to woo back the local investors who
left the market.

Adeleke cautioned NSE and SEC on what he described as the
overemphasis on foreign investors to the detriment of domestic investors.

He said that the current market’s dependence on foreign
portfolio investment was a “dangerous trend’’ that would make the Nigerian
bourse perpetually depressed on account of their investment character.

Mr Godwin Anono, Chairman of the Nigerian Professional
Shareholders Association (NPSA), urged the regulators to ensure strict
post-listing requirements.

Anono said that poor implementation of post-listing
requirements had misled investors who had no means of cross-checking material
facts about quoted companies.

He also said that the government’s ability to successfully
woo back delisted companies on the NSE could assist in restoring investors’
confidence in the market.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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