The Central Bank of Nigeria has unmanned September 30,2009 as the deadline for the renewal of class ‘B’ Bureau De Change (BDCs) licence. It said this in its recent circular dated August 12, 2009.
According to the circular, signed by Fabamwo. O.A. Ag director and other financial institutions department, to addressed to all class ‘B’ BDCs operators in Nigeria that the management of the CBN has lifted suspension placed in the license annual renewal”.
The circular further disclosed that all class ‘B’ BDCs that have not renewed their operating licences for 2009 should do so not later than 30, September 2009.
The circular said that, “please note that class ‘B’ BDCs, are also required to make mandatory deposite of $20,000.00 (twenty thousand dollars only) to the BDCs mandatory depoiste account of CBN with JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York, USA as a pre-condition for accessing foreign exchange direct cash sales window of the CBN”.
Some of the forex traders visited across Lagos State revealed that, the naira depreciated to N156.01 to the dollar from N150.31 during the weekend after the CBN increased supply to meet all forex demand at its auction on Monday last week.
The regulator sold $357.75 million, clearing all demand by the end-users for the first time since it re-introduction the wholesales Dutch Auction System (WDAS) in July.
They said that the naira also gained in the interbank, trading at N153.90 to a dollar against N154.60 on Monday due to additional forex inflows from oil majors and increased confidence in the ability of the CBN to meet dollar demand, adding that, “two energy firms, Mobile and Nigerian LNG sold about $60 million to selected banks on Tuesday raising dollar liquidity and positively impacting on the value of the local currency”.
The CBN also recently ordered all authorised dealers in the Foreign Exchange Market to render their outstanding returns on Foreign Exchange Sales to importers of Petroleum Products (PMS only). In a circular dated 4th of August, 2009, titled ‘Rendition of returns on Foreign Exchange sales to importers of petroleum products’, the dealers are expected to turn in all accrued returns for the period from August 2008 to July 31, 2009.
It said that, “This is to request all authorised dealers to render returns on Foreign Exchange Sales to importers of petroleum products (PMS only) for the period August 2008 to July 31, 2009”. CBN further indicated a new process it would want authorized to follow in rendering due returns to the regulatory body.
According to the circular, the returns are now strictly monthly and should be forwarded electronically using a stipulated format.
The circular which was signed by Batari Musa, acting director Trade and Exchange Department of the bank, the expected returns should be fully rendered within the next five days.
“The returns should reach Director, Trade and Exchange Department on before August 10, 2009. Subsequently, such returns should be rendered on a monthly basis on or before the 5th of the following month, failing which the appropriate sanctions shall be imposed”, it added.
Farmer Cries Out Over Cattle Invasion
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
EFCC Blames Frauds In Banking Sector On Insiders
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.
SEC Frowns At Resurgence Of Ponzi Schemes
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.
Business4 days ago
Flight Delays Loom As Air Traffic Controllers Embark On Strike
Business4 days ago
Wike Accuses Security Agents Of Involvement In Oil Bunkering
Business4 days ago
Capital Inflow Crashes By 80%, As Foreign Investors Shun Nigerian Market
Business4 days ago
Firm Launches App To Ease Insurance Transactions
Business4 days ago
Analysts Predict Rising Inflation In Nigeria By Dec
Business4 days ago
TCN Begins Repairs Of Circuit Breakers Nationwide
Featured3 days ago
Consider Oil Theft Treasonable Offence, Wike Tells Military
Sports3 days ago
2021/2022 Season: NWFL Clubs Get Nov 25 Registration Deadline