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4,601 Farmers Get CBN Loan

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A total of N738.78 million was guaranteed to 4,601 farmers under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS). This amount represented a decline of 74.5 per cent from the level in the preceding quarter but an increase of 34.1 per cent over the level in the corresponding quarter of 2008.

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) economic report for the first quarter of this year which shows this figure revealed that a sub-sectoral analysis of the loans guaranteed indicated that the country’s food crop sub-sector had the largest share of N367.90 million or 47.8 per cent to 3,659 beneficiaries, while the livestock sub-sector received N234 million or 31.7 per cent to 486 beneficiaries.

Also, 337 beneficiaries in the Fisheries sub-sector obtained N107.3 million of 14.5 per cent.

In the cash crops sub-sector, 39 beneficiaries got N18.60 million or 2.5 per cent, while 80 beneficiaries in ‘others’ had N11 million or 1.5 per cent. Further analysis showed that all the 23 states benefited from the scheme during the quarter, the highest and lowest sums of N85 million (11.5 per cent) and N1.30 million (0.2 per cent) went to Oyo and Akwa Ibom States, respectively.

The retail prices of most states recorded increases in the first quarter of 2009. thirteen of the fourteen commodities monitored recorded price increases, which ranged from 1.7 per cent for white garri to 250 per cent for palm oil over their levels in the preceding quarter, while millet recorded a price decline of most commodities was attributed to the subsisting food situation in the country.

Aggregate output growth in the economy measured by the gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated at 6.3 per cent in the first quarter 2009 compared with 5.8 per cent in the corresponding quarter of 2008. the project growth was driven mainly by the non-oil sector particularly agriculture which constituted 358 per cent of total (GDP) and contributed 2.2 percentage points to the growth in real GDP in the quarter. The major agricultural activities in the first quarter, 2009 were harvesting of late maturing grains and pre-planting operations for dry season farming.

Crude oil production was estimated at 1.89 million barrels per day (mbd) or 173.88 million barrel for the quarter. The end-period 2009 on a year-on-year basis, was 15.1 per cent in the preceding quarter.

The inflation rate on a 12 month moving average basis was 11.6 per cent, compared with the preceding quarter’s level of 9.2 per cent.

Industrial activities during the first quarter, 2009 declined relatively to the preceding quarter. At 115-9 (1990=100), estimated index of industrial production fell by 1.1 and 2.6 per cent from the levels attained in the preceding quarter and the corresponding period of 2008, respectively. The fall reflected the activities, mining output and electricity generation.

The estimated index of manufacturing production, at 89.9 (1990=100), declined by 1.9 and 0.9 per cent from the levels in the preceding quarters and corresponding period of 2008, respectively.

The estimated capacity utilisation also fell by 1.6 percentage points during the review quarter. The development was attributed to the fall in manufacturing production arising from weak demand and influx of imported goods.

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Farmer Cries Out Over Cattle Invasion

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A farmer in Aluu Community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Nwo Nna, has cried out over cattle invasion of his farmland and crops.
Nna made this known in a chat with newsmen in Aluu recently.
He said that the most worrisome aspect of the development was the neglect by the herders of the Anti-Grazing Law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The farmer who discribed such as vexatious and  provocative, appealed for intervention by relevant agencies in order to secure their future.
“I got to my  farm on Saturday morning only to see my vegetables, cassava, yam and the entire farm devastated by cows”, he said.
He  expressed regrets that his farm, which was not at the road  had experienced such  attack for the second time.
The farmer noted that it would have been a different ball game, if he had met the herders in his farm.
“The saving grace was that  I did not meet them. They should be called to order to avoid problems”, he said.
He also sought for urgent intervention of  the Rivers State Government, Myyetti Allah and other relevant authorities to warn the herders to keep off people’s farms in the interest of peace.
The farmer further explained that it was becoming a regular practice for herders to parade their cows along the roads, and such  cows  stray into farm lands and  destroy people’s means of livelihood.
While declaring that Rivers people are hospitable, the farmer warned stranger elements, who do not have respect for the laws of the land as well as terrorise other people’s means of livelihood, to take their lawlessness elsewhere.
Other farmers who also responded  called for the establishment of a system that monitors the  activities of herders.
According to them, it will enable those who take their cows into farms to be identified and adequately sanctioned in the event of any invasion by the cows.
This, they said will bring a lasting peace and as well  serve as a deterrent to others.

By: King Onunwor

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EFCC Blames Frauds In Banking Sector On Insiders

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission last Wednesday said most frauds in the banking sector were perpetrated by insider Information, Communication Technology employees.
Head, Cybercrime Section of the EFCC, Abbah Sambo, made the declaration at a national seminar on Banking and Allied Matters for judges in Abuja recently.
Sambo, who represented the EFCC Chairman, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the seminar, said that most banking sector frauds handled by the commission showed that bank employees aided the acts.
He also expressed regrets at the increasing rate of cybercrime in spite of efforts by the commission to tackle it.
Sambo observed that in years past, young people involved in cybercrime were not ICT savvy, but today, it was  ICT graduates that are the champions in perpetrating the crime.
He attributed the increase in cybercrime to moral decadence and peer group influence.
“The rate at which young men are perpetrating cybercrime is seriously alarming.
“When we arrest these criminals, one major reason they give for going into the crime is peer influence.Their friends are into it and they want to run with guys that drive the best cars and have the best girls in town”, he said.
He hinted that most times when  the criminals were arrested, a lot of  assets on them,  are  registered in the names of their parents.
“Cars in the names of their mothers and houses in the names of their fathers. There is a fundamental issue relating to decay in moral coverage in the society,’’ he said.
Sambo said that the greatest challenge in fighting cybercrime was the knowledge gap, and  noted  that the criminals were getting more sophisticated.
According to him, the criminals had the ability to talk to one another seamlessly by sharing knowledge, unlike law enforcement agencies.
“A lot of the people trying to combat the crime in the field tend to lack the drive because they do not have adequate training,’’ he said.
He stressed the need for adequate sensitisation and engagement with youths, especially from secondary school level to let them know the ills of crime.
The two-day seminar was organised by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria in collaboration with the National Judicial Institution.

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SEC Frowns At Resurgence Of Ponzi Schemes

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has frowned upon the resurgence of Ponzi schemes and illegal fund managers in the country’s financial sector.
The Director-General of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, made the observation of the development at an enlightenment workshop with the staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on in Abuja over the week.
Yuguda said  that the unlawful schemes had continued to enjoy massive patronage of the populace and remained a source of concern for regulators in the financial sector.
According to him, the commission was  poised to continue to apply measures and seek the cooperation of relevant stakeholders toward combating the activities of these Ponzi schemes.
He expressed regrets that the upsurge of the schemes had undermined the reputation of the financial markets and dampened investors’ confidence, among other things.
“SEC firmly believes that the country’s capital market can attain its potential if market operators and participants contribute their respective quotas to the growth”, he said.
He also explained that SEC was committed to always ensure and maintain an environment that was enabled by the appropriate regulatory framework, timely and affordable access to market.
“The commission is also committed to zero tolerance for infractions, heightened investor confidence and awareness, innovative product development and good governance practice”, he said
“There is the need to restore investor confidence and improve the participation of retail investors in the market.
He further pointed out that the demography of investors in the country’s capital market showed that the young population do not participate in the capital market, and only a few Nigerians invested in the capital market.
The situation, he said,  created a huge challenge to the market growth and the commission  and added that it was striving to change the narratives by instilling a fair, transparent and orderly market.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, represented by Mr Stephen Okon, Director Home Finance, urged investors to take advantage of the various initiatives in the market.

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