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Market Players Want Audit Conclusion In One Batch

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Dealing members on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange have called for the conclusion of the ongoing audit of banks and the announcement of status in just one last batch rather than having it in two batches as planned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Their fear was premised on the ripple effects of the last announcement on the capital market and the attendant panic it created in the financial industry. The brokers, at their meeting held on the floor of the Exchange last week, noted that it would be better to bear the blow of one last audit once and for all rather than having it extended into two more batches.

The apex bank had just announced the results of 10 banks audited, out of which, five were said to be in “grave danger” and their chief executives booted out.

The first trading day after the official announcement by the CBN, 17 August 2009 saw a huge dumping of shares at the capital market, with the two market indicators dropping sharply by 2.38 per cent. Many stocks closed on heavy offer for the first day, reflecting panic dumping, For instance, Zenith Bank closed on 14.9 million offer, Access Bank 19.5 million, UBA 9.9 million, Skye Bank 5.2 million, and Bank PHB 31 million. This came despite the placement of full suspension on the affected banks. The massive dumping also affected other sectors with a general massive offers experienced. For instance, an insurance stock, Universal Insurance, on the same day, closed with a 44 million offer.

The Director-General of the Exchange, Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, said the action of CBN, though in the interest of all stakeholders, has dealt a huge blow on the capital market. According to her, investor confidence would be shaken while the market capitalization would come down. She, however, noted that it would be a short setback for the market, adding that the market would benefit from it in the long run. She supported the brokers’ stand on having the exercise concluded in the next batch, considering its impact on the market.

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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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