The federal government has ordered the interim board of the NITEL/MTEL to complete the process of appointment of new care investors for the company within 60 days.
The 51 per cent equity stake of Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) in Nitel/Mtel had earlier in the year been revoked by the federal government, citing a breach of the Share Sale Purchase Agreement (SSPA) among others.
Inaugurating the interim board chaired by Ammuna Ali, permanent secretary Ministry of Information and Communications, at the presidential villa, Abuja, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan warned that on no account should the board embark on new projects until the company is handed over to the new core investor.
Jonathan said “the president has given an unwritten order that we must conclude the privatisation of Nitel and Mtel with 60 days, but if we cannot achieve what we have to do within the 60 days, we can write to him and explain”.
We must do that even if it means not sleeping. It must be concluded.
“The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) must do all what it takes in conjunction with the National Council on Privatisation to see that we conclude the privatisation.
“It must be done in a clear way that Nigerians should see that the privatisation process is done properly as we can no longer afford to make any mistake,” Jonathan said.
“You do not need to go into new investments, but if there are some critical things you need to do you can clear with my office,” Jonathan said.
Other members of the board are Christopher Anyanwu, director general, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE); Steve Oronsaye, Head of Service of the Federation, the yet to be appointed acting managing director of Nitel; Ibrahim kashim, director, Information and Communication, BPE; Sam Worlu, Senior Special Assistant on Economic Matters to the Vice President to represent Jonathan on the board; a representative of the NCP and the managing director, NigComSat Limited.
The board was put in place by the federal government to carry out the day to day running of the moribund telecommunications company pending the appointment of another core investor.
Jonathan acknowledged that the issue of Nitel/Mtel “is something that had been very disturbing to the nation”, stressing that President Umaru Yar’Adua directed that the interim board be inaugurated as soon as possible to fast track the process of appointment of the core investor.
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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