Investors who are still nervous of volatility in the stock market may have taken solace in the over-the counter bond market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as the market continues to record improved performance.
According to the NSE weekly report for the week ended October 2, 2009, a total turnover of 361.5 million units worth N402.853 billion was recorded in 2,513 deals in the over-the-counter bond market last week.
This represents an increase by 85 per cent in terms of value, compared with the 198.5 million units worth N217.920 billion exchanged in 1,567 deals during the week ended Thursday, September 24, 2009.
The most active bond, measured by turnover volume was the 4th FGN bond 2014 series 3 with N91.484 billion in 659 deals. It was closely followed by the 6th FGN bond 2009 series 3 with a traded volume of 35.7 million units valued at N38.607 billion in 117 deals.
In all, 28 of the available 37 FGN bonds were traded last week, as against the 24 recorded the preceding week.
Meanwhile, in the equity market, a total turnover of 2.2 billion shares worth N16.14 billion in 27,236 deals was recorded last week, in contrast to a total of 1.42 billion shares valued at N12.93 billion exchanged the previous week in 20,011 transactions.The stock market opened for only four days as last Thursday was declared public holiday in commemoration of the Independence Day.
The NSE All-share Index rose by 0.74 per cent to close on Friday at 22,497.27 points, from the 22,332.15 points it stood the preceding week.
In the same vein, the NSE market capitalisation of the 196 first-tier equities edged higher to close at N5.231 trillion from N5.2 trillion the preceding week.
However, the NSE 30 index dropped by 0.0024 per cent to close at 850.16.
All the other four sectoral indices appreciated; the NSE Food/Beverages Index grew by 0.8 per cent to close at 458.24, the NSE Banking Index advanced by 3.9 per cent close at 375.17 and the NSE Insurance Index rose by 0.01 per cent close at 314.18.
Also, the NSE Oil/Gas Index rose by 2 per cent to close at 286.99.
A total of 52 stocks appreciated in price during the week, higher than the 47 recorded the preceding week. Two petroleum marketing stocks led on the gainers chart. Just like the preceding week, Total Nigeria Plc led on the gainers chart with a gain of N13.98 to close at N150.48 per share while Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc followed with N8.03 to close at N105.00 per share.
FOI Act Implementation Bothers BPST Boss
The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr Dasuki Arabi, has expressed regrets that the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has remained very low since the law was enacted.
The BPSR boss made the observation during a workshop held on Wednesday in Abuja on the appraisal of Freedom of Information Act.
Arabi said the Act was meant to entrench transparency and openness in governance through improved compliance to annual reporting obligations of public institutions.
“It is also expected to guide and improve compliance of public institutions in proactive disclosure of mandatory publication requirements, as well as empower citizens, the right to access information held by the state.
“Regrettably, since the introduction of the FOI Act, it is evident that the level of compliance among public institutions still remains low.
“While the level of engagement by citizens still remains insignificant and in some cases fraught with misunderstanding between the State and Non-State actors,” he added.
Arabi, therefore, said that the workshop was to resolve some of the grey areas around FOI, as well as foster a harmonious relationship between the State and Non-State actors towards the implementation of the Act.
He said good governance and transparency would only thrive in the country when citizens access to Information is assured.
The DG emphasised that the FOIA provided platform for inclusiveness that sought to hold leaders to account and feed into the decision making process.
Arabi said that the Bureau had worked assiduously towards the implementation of the Act and was making efforts to ensure that it was institutionalized across the public sector.
He said that the interventions were in the areas of training public service workers and development of feedback mechanism through which a portal for application and responses for FOI request were deployed.
Others, he said, are score-card for ranking the performances of websites of public institutions using specific benchmarks, including FOI portal.
“Creating platforms for citizens engagement with Civil Societies Organizations on topical issues of government through the BPSR flagship programmes such as the monthly Lunchtime Seminar series,” he added.
Arabi said that the Bureau had also deployed information technology to provide innovative means to improve record keeping and management using intranet and Electronic Data Management Systems.
He continued that they were working in conjunction with the Nigeria Economic Summit Group to gauge the perception of citizens on public policies.
In her remarks, the National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership (OGP), Nigeria, Dr Gloria Ahmed, said making information open was a hallmark of democracy and a basic human right.
She said that the FOIA has given citizens the opportunity to access information as regards government policies and reforms.
FCTA Harmonises Mobile Adverts, Haulage System Against Double Taxation
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS), has launched the FCT/State Mobile Advertisement and Haulage permits for 2023 financial year.
Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, while launching the system sought the cooperation of the business owners in the FCT, in order to achieve the objective of the initiative.
Adesola said the move was part of efforts to facilitate the ease of doing business drive in the nation’s capital.
He commended DOAS for the initiative. aimed at improving institutional cooperation and partnerships with the critical stakeholders.
Adesola warned: “FCTA would no longer tolerate acts of thuggery in the collection of taxes, as there are better ways of doing such, which will ensure the attainment of ease of doing business.”
He commended the leadership of Area Councils for resolving to synergise with DOAS to streamline the system.
The Permanent Secretary said the proliferation of collection authorities for mobile advertisements had led to serious loss of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the FCT.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman, Kwali Area Council, Danladi Chiya, said although Area Councils have the constitutional right to collect such advertisements, they have no issue with FCTA over the establishment and mandate of DOAS.
LASG Begins Vehicle Parking Lanes Demacation
The Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) has revealed it will today commence creating additional Vehicle Parking Lanes in some selected locations across the State.
The Authority stated that all efforts have been geared towards improving the parking system of the State.
Speaking on the planned initiative on Friday in Ikeja, the General Manager of LASPA, Mrs. Adebisi Adelabu, stated that the vehicle parking lane mark exercise, which will begin with designated streets within Surulere, Ikoyi, Lekki, Obalende, Ikeja and Victoria Island axis of the State, is a step towards improving street parking from 2023.
Adelabu noted that the Parking Lane Markings will further guide motorists and pedestrians on appropriate parking regulations and spaces, minimise indiscriminate parking, confusion and uncertainty, while conveying a range of information to residents on parking procedures within each specified environment.
According to her, the lane markings will also include special consideration for people living with disabilities and signposts for parking directives, among other features.
The General Manager, however, solicited the understanding of residents within the locations who might be affected by any inconvenience the process might cause, assuring that the government is working rigorously in regulating and improving the parking culture as part of its Traffic Management and Transportation Agenda to ensure parking is convenient, safe and secure across the state.
Recall that the Authority had recently unveiled plans to begin full implementation of parking policy in the second quarter of 2023 and has continued to sensitise the public on the need to embrace the parking culture.
By; Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos
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