Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has inaugurated a 13-man Eco-fund launch committee on the sustainable management of the state’s clean and green programme.
According to Imoke, its terms of reference include to sensitize the public, particularly the organized private sector and development partners to key into its environmental and sustainable resource management programmes, and to organize stakeholders’ consultative forum/fora towards the successful launch and take off of the fund.
Imoke urged the committee to organize the launching of the Cross River State Eco-fund and ensure its take off, develop a public/private sector mechanism toward sustaining the state’s clean and green status as well as suggest other necessary measures towards its realisation.
The governor explained that Cross River is acknowledged globally as one of Africa’s biodiversity hotspots, blessed with abundant natural resources, a unique ecosystem and a people rich in hospitality and cultural diversity, disclosing that these ecological endowments provide numerous opportunities for sustainable development in ecotourism, eco-agriculture, forestry, renewable and efficient energy, local pharmaceutical industrial inputs, mining, carbon financing and human capital development.
He explained that environmental challenges such as, flood and erosion, industrial/oil pollution, degradation of shoreline and marine ecosystem, deforestation, biodiversity loss, watershed degradation and invasive species encroachment militate against the state action plan on environmental management and sustainability, adding that huge and enormous financial resources are required to tackle the problems.
According to him, this informed the recommendation of the State Environment Summit held in June, 2008, for the establishment of a State Environmental Sustainability Fund or Eco-Fund as a more coordinated, holistic and focused approach for the management of the environment for sustainable development.
Imoke remarked that taking into account the enormity of the task involved in the successful launch of the Eco-fund, its membership was therefore well considered and not unconnected with its invaluable contributions in the socio-economic development and well-being of Cross Riverians.
The Governor explained that their terms of reference span beyond the launching of the fund, to playing an advisory role to the government on the sustainable management of the state’s clean and green programme, enjoining them to take the challenge seriously, as its success would depend mostly on their commitment and hard work.
Responding on behalf of the members of the committee, Col Edor Obi (Rtd), thanked the governor for finding them fit to serve the state at a time the world is focusing on environment, adding that Cross River is endowed and the committee is coming at the appropriate time and would take up the challenge and put the state in the fore front to benefit from what it is due.
Obi promised to promote the ideals and objectives of good and the richness of the environment, pledging to meet set goals and not disappoint the state.
Other members of the committee include, Prof Ben Ayade (Chairman), Chief Liwhu Akeh, Chief Edem Duke, Sir William Archibong, Commissioner for Environment, Special Adviser International Development Support, Special Adviser, Forestry and Biodiversity, Special Adviser, Investment Promotion and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, who would serve as its secretary.
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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