The United Nations (UN) says Nigeria has lost about N59 billion to smuggling and fake textile products in the country leading to the collapse of more textile industries in Nigeria.
Consequently, the Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has called on the federal government to urgently take stringent measures to check the ugly trend.
The Director-General of NTMA, Paul Olarewaju who made the call in Lagos also spoke of the problems facing the sector. He said there has been a general distress in the nation’s manufacturing sector with the textile industry worst hit because it is a major player in the sector.
“Although these problems have been presented to the appropriate government agencies, these has been no action from the government especially concerning the N70 billion revival funds set up about two years ago, which is yet to materialise, “Olarewaju said UNIDO report revealed that from the $ 1.3 billion (234 billion) revenue accruable to the federal government from duties and taxes from imported textiles, over $325 million (59 billion have been lost to smugglers whose activities have gone unchecked for so long.
Olarewaju noted that smugglers now produce fake and counterfeit products in the country. In order to beat customs check at the border, he said most smugglers import fake made-In-China textile materials with the inscription of a Nigerian brand name.
According to him, the textile industry has its unfair share of Nigerians’ penchant for foreign goods, smuggling, faking and counterfeiting of Nigerian-made fabrics. He said the industry currently faces problems of infrastructural decay, inconsistent government policies, multiple taxation and high cost of doing business among others.
At a meeting of textile stakeholders in Abuja, UNIDO Consultant, Navdeep Singh Soani, lamented that between 2003 and 2008, the number of active textile mills in Nigeria declined from 50 to 25, with a sharp drop in direct employment from 60,000 to 24,000.
Within the period, he said these was a steep fall in cotton lint production from about 90,000 tons to 60,000 tons, attributing the situation to the deterioration in supply of power, black oil, and the escalating influx of smuggled and counterfeit textile.He, however, noted that the textile industry was the most important in the agro-based industry and called for the full enforcement of the ban on importation to check smuggling.
The UNIDO report, called for the release of N70 billion intervention funds by September, just as stakeholders want government to address urgently and on a sustainable basis, the energy problem and take immediate step to halt the unabated rise in diesel prices as most industries are generator-driven.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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