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‘Why Nigeria Loses Foreign Investors To Ghana’

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Inefficient power supply, Niger Delta crisis and lack of sector specific incentive framework have been identified as the reasons behind Nigeria’s loss of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Ghana.

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mr. Mustapha Bello, who stated this in Abuja recently, said the country has all the potentials of maintaining its position as the economic hub of the continent.

Bello who led the management of the commission to the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, said the country has recorded tremendous influx of FDI from N3.9 billion in 1999 to over N50 billion as at 2008, adding that erratic power supply was a major obstacle in attracting foreign investors into Nigeria.

Notwithstanding the recorded growth, major challenges that include power supply must be addressed if investors must not continue to divert their attention and investments to Ghana, he stated.

He said it was entirely the choice of foreign investors to move their capital to wherever they prefer.

“If the investors decide to go to Ghana, it is entirely their choice because we are operating a democratic setting in Nigeria as well as in Ghana.

We all know that the market exist in Nigeria, locating the business in Ghana is perhaps the cost they have to incur in terms of power supply, water supply, but we have seen some of the state government trying to find solution to the erratic power supply we are experiencing in Nigeria, for example Lagos State.”

Bello said the volatile nature of the Niger Delta region makes the country unattractive to potential investors, but noted that considering the way negotiations are progressing in Niger Delta, we will see the reverse, that is these investors will come to Nigeria instead of Ghana” he stressed.

Though he admitted that some government policies have helped to increase foreign investment in the country, he, however, decried the lack of sector specific policies on incentives for foreign investors.

Whereas some sectors have clearly defined policies on incentives for investors, many do not have. In view of this, we have started working with many MDAS to be able to develop their own sector specific policies on incentives, he said.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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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.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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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.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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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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