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Investors Stake N129.03bn On 11.8bn Shares In December 2014

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Investors on the Nigerian
Stock Exchange (NSE) staked N129.03 billion on 11.80 billion shares transacted in 90,989 deals in December 2014, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Statistics released by NSE on Wednesday in Lagos indicated that the performance was against a total of 9.08 billion shares worth N100.4 billion achieved in 93,875 deals in November.
The data also showed that the turnover of shares traded inched by 29.96 per cent.
A further breakdown of the statistics showed that the Financial Services sector emerged the most active, accounting for 9.66 billion shares valued N78.31 billion transacted in 90,494 deals.
The conglomerates sector came second on the month’s activity chart with an exchange of 903.61 million shares worth N2.25 billion traded in 5,459 deals.
NAN reports that the market capitalisation during the period appreciated by N74 billion to close at N11.48 trillion against N11.404 trillion achieved in November 2014.
Also, the NSE All-Share Index rose by 114.11 basis points or 0.33 per cent to close at 34,657.15 from 34,543.05 recorded in November due to marginal gains by some quoted companies.
Some stakeholders, who spoke with NAN on the market growth during the period under review, attributed the development to uncertainties surrounding the 2015 general elections and exit of foreign investors.
Mr Emeka Madubuike, the President, Association of Stockbroking Houses of Nigeria (ASHON), said that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s tight monetary and devaluation of the nation’s currency affected market growth.
Madubuike said that the yuletide celebrations, public holidays and continuous drop in crude oil price at the international market, also contributed to unimpressive market performance.
Also, Malam Garba Kurfi, the Managing Director, APT Securities and Funds Ltd., said that equities market had been under intense pressure due to developments in the country.
Kurfi said that uncertainties in the nation’s economy and security challenges contributed to the volatility in the equities market.
He said that the economy could not experience any meaningful growth and development with the present security challenges.
Kurfi said that the Federal Government should address the issue to boost investors’ confidence.
He also urged the government to ensure free and fair election, saying that the 2015 polls would determine the direction of the nation’s economy.

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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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