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tors’ sentiment on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) resulting to the market ending in the green last week surged the twin market indicators, the All Share Index (ASI) and the aggregate market capitalization of listed equities surged by 1.24 per cent each.
Specifically, the ASI closed the week at 37,382.49 basis points from an index-on-board of 36,926.29 basis points even as the market capitalisation of listed equities increased from the week’s opening value of N11.694 trillion to N11.839 trillion.
The NSE 30 index which tracks the most capitalised stocks on the Nigerian bourse appreciated by 1.05 per cent to finish at 1,758.73 points.
Also four of the NSE indices were in the green during the review week as the NSE Consumer Goods rose by 0.75 per cent, NSE Banking 1.34 per cent, NSE Insurance 0.37 percent and the NSE Industrial goods 3.34 per cent.
However, the NSE Oil/Gas, NSE-Lotus I and the NSE-ASeM nose dived by 0.14 per cent, 0.02 percent and 0.57 per cent, respectively.
A closer look at the market revealed it rebounded last week as the bulls took charge of the market for three days running resulting to a 2.18 per cent appreciation pushing the value-based index that tracks all equities to hover between 35,832 points and 36,952 points.
The week opened on Monday of the review week on a negativenote, as the NSE ASI fell by 0.37 per cent to close at 36,796.14 basis points having opened at 36,926.29 basis points the previous week while cumulative market capitalisation of listed equities dropped by N44 billion to close at N11.650.87 trillion compared with N11.694.95 trillion the previous week.
The second trading in the week under review saw the benchmark index rising by 0.61 per cent which caused the index to finish at 37,014.14 basis points even as the market capitalisation stood at N11.56 trillion.
The overall market volume traded on the same day increased by 53.4 per cent just as increased by 53.4 per cent just as the value grew by 50.8 per cent.
In all, a total of 289.25 million units of shares valued at N324 billion were exchanged by investors in 5,081 deals.
The positive note continued on Wednesday with the NSE ASI soaring by 0.31 percent to finish at 37,128.40 basis points while market capitalisation of listed equities added N36 billion to close at N11,758.27 trillion from an on-board-value of N11.722.08 billion.
The market, last Wednesday recorded a traded volume of 213.24 million units of shares worth N3.22 billion exchanging hands in 5,815 transactions down from 289.25 million units of shares valued at N3.24 billion traded in 5,419 deals the previous day.
The bulls sustained their hold in the equity market of the Nigerian bourse on Thursday with the bench mark index adding 199.26 points to end at 37,327.66 basis points as 34 stocks recorded price appreciation while 16 lost in their value.
The last trading day of the week under review saw the market finishing on a strong note as the bench mark index went up by 0.15 per cent to stand at 37,382.49 basis points while the aggregate market capitalisation of listed equities rose to N11.72 trillion.
A traded volume of 245.96 million units of shares valued at N2.94 billion were recorded at the close business on the Exchange on Friday.
The overall turnover volume during the review week stood at 1.674 billion units of shares valued at N18.266 billion exchanged by investors in 25.367 trades as against a total of 3.478 billion units of shares worth N14.902 billion that exchanged hands the previous week in 24,576 trades.
In volume terms according to the NSE weekly data, the financial services sector topped the sectorial activity chart with 1.306 billion units of shares worth N11.630 billion exchanged by investors in 13,565 trades.
The Banking subsector of the financial services sector was the most active in volume terms during the review week. Activities in the shares of United Bank for Africa Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc drove the volume in the subsector as they accounted for 735.184 million units of shares representing 77.68 per cent and 43.91 per cent of the turnover volume recorded by the subsector and the overall market turnover during the week under review respectively.
The Conglomerates sector emerged second on the week’s activity chart having a turnover of 101.851 million units of shares at the cost of N278.921 million in 1,077 trades.
Activities in the shares of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc drove the volume in the sector as 98.150 million units of its shares were traded by investors in 727 transaction at the value of N137.029 million.
At the over-the-counter bond market, a total of 4,100 units of FGN bonds worth N443,665 were traded in 18 transactions as against 900 units at the value of N100,126 recorded in 19 trades the preceding week.
On the Price Movement chart, 37 stocks appreciate in their value during the week in contrast to 44 shares which recorded price appreciation the previous week.
A total of forty-seven shares dipped in their value compared with 36 shares that plunged in their value the previous week.
Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc vanguard the top 10 bulls with N10.71, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc N5.02, UACN Plc N4.00, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated N1.11, Beta Glass Company Plc N1.00.
Other top 10 price gainers for the week include IPWA Plc 19 kobo, HIS Plc 60 kobo, Ikeja Hotel Plc 7 kobo, National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc 91 kobo and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc 84 kobo.
On the downside, the top 10 losers were Glaxo Smthkline N12.73, Costain West Africa Plc 24 kobo, Smart Product Nigeria Plc 20 kobo, Coulterville Business Solution Plc 18 kobo, NPF Microfinance Bank Plc 12 Kobo, Trans-Nationwide Express Plc 25 kobo, Vono Product Plc 17 kobo, Chellarams Plc 48 kobo, Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc 11 kobo and Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc 16 kobo.

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Eco Currency: Finance Ministers, C’Bank Govs Oppose Buhari, Others

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Nigeria and some other West African countries have kicked against the adoption of Eco as regional currency by President Muhammadu Buhari and others.
This is contained in a communiqué read by the Minister for Economy and Finance of the Republic of Guinea, Mr Mamadi Camara, in Abuja, yesterday.
The communiqué was issued after an Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of the Central Banks of the Member States of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ).
Camara said the meeting noted with concern, the declaration by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Alasane Outtarra on December 21, 2019 to unilaterally rename the CFA Franc as “Eco” by 2020.
He said: “WAMZ Convergence Council wishes to emphasise that this action is not in line with the decisions of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS for the adoption of the “Eco” as the name of an independent ECOWAS Single Currency.
“WAMZ Convergence Council re-iterates the importance for all ECOWAS member countries to adhere to the decisions of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government toward the implementation of the revised roadmap of the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme.
“The WAMZ Convergence Council recommends that an Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the WAMZ Member States be convened soon to discuss this matter and other related issues.”
According to him, those at the meeting are, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Gambia, Mambury Njie and Minister of Finance of Ghana, Ken Ofori Atta.
Others were Minister of Finance and Development Planning Liberia, Samuel Tweah Jr, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Nigeria, Zainab Ahmed and the Minister of Finance, Sierra Leone, Jacob Shaffa.
Also in attendance were Central Bank governors of Gambia, Mr Buah Saidy, Gambia; Ernest Addison of Ghana; Louncenry Nabe of Guinea; Aloysius Tarlue of Liberia; Godwin Emefiele, Nigeria and Kelfala Kallon of Sierra Leone.
The Tide reports that eight West African countries had agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco, thereby effectively severing the CFA franc’s links to former colonial ruler, France.
The countries include Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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RSG Dispels Rumours Of Unapproved Structures Demolitions

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Engr Austin Ben-Chioma, has dispelled rumours making the rounds that the state government demolished structures that were not originally marked by the construction company handling the Rumuogba flyover project for demolition.
Ben-Chioma, who cleared the air on the rumours, on Tuesday in a chat with newsmen while supervising the demolition exercise, noted that the ministry only demolished structures that the construction company, Julius Berger had marked as being in the Right of Way (RoW) of the flyover, and for which compensation was paid.
He said that there was enough evidence to show that the ministry had not exceeded the demolition instruction given by Julius Berger Plc.
According to him, “I am on site and evidences are shown as you can see that we did not exceed the red line marked by Berger” adding that the property owners, “are not telling the truth because the evidences are visible and verifiable”.
The commissioner pointed out that, of the three flyovers under construction, the Rumuogba flyover was the longest with about 517.5 metres length.
He, however, noted that there was the challenge of high-rise buildings along the path, which must be cut to maintain the RoW of the flyover, having given the property owners till Thursday, January, 16 (yesterday) to do the reduction themselves to avoid using the ministry’s tractors which could negatively impact the buildings.
On the payment of compensations to those affected by the demolition, the works commissioner said 95 per cent of the compensation had been paid already to affected landlords.
“Government has paid 95 per cent of compensation to property owners and they are complying with the process,” he said.
Corroborating the claims, the consultant in charge of compensation for demolished structures, Mr Emma Wike, said all affected landlords would be paid what is due them by the end of the week.
According to him, most of the claimants, we sent them letters and those that gave power of attorney to consultants, estate surveyors and valuers or lawyers, we also wrote to them and informed them this is where the payment is being held. They’ve been coming to collect their money; within the week, we are going to pay more and if we do that, it will be remaining less than 10 percent of those that have not collected their money.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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CBN Gets New Deputy Gov

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President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Dr. Kingsley Obiora as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Obiora will replace Dr. Joseph Nnanna, who retires on February 2, 2020.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, said the President has already forwarded a letter nominating Dr. Obiora to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Dr. Kingsley Isitua Obiora to the Senate for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“In a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, President Buhari said the nomination was in accordance with the provision of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Establishment) Act 2007.
“Dr. Obiora, upon confirmation by the Senate, replaces Dr. Joseph Nnanna, who retires on February 2, 2020.
“Dr. Obiora holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin, a Masters in Economics from the University of Ibadan, and a Doctorate in Monetary and International Economics, also from the University of Ibadan.
“He is currently an Alternate Executive Director in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, United States of America”, the statement said.
Since joining IMF as an Economist in 2007, Dr. Obiora has worked in various countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
While on leave from the IMF, he worked with the Nigerian government as Special Assistant to the President’s Chief Economic Adviser and Technical Adviser to the National Economic Management Team.

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