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Quay reconstruction: Operator, NPA Yet To Agree

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The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Port Harcourt and the Ports and Terminal Operators Limited (PTOL) are yet to agree on modalities for the reconstruction of a major quay apron in Port Harcourt Wharf.

The Tide has gathered that the inability of the two parties to reach a consensus yet, has caused delay in the layout and line of actions  drawn up by the PTOL towards building modern structures in Port Harcourt Wharf that befits modern port operation, as well as return the port to competitive Maritime business, like other ports in the world over.

Delay in the reconstruction of the quay apron, it was gathered, was due to logistics in terms of the huge finance that will be involved, as well as in the layout plan for which the landlord (NPA) must have to give approval before PTOL can carry out the work.

While speaking to The Tide business on the matter, the public relations officer of PTOL, Mr. Joe Ogudu, said that his company has already mobilized experts and other agents for the feasibility study, pending NPA mobilization of their agents, so that there can be an agreement.

The PRO said that the agreement/consensus became necessary because NPA as landlord to ports operators will be the owner of the quay apron, and that whatever that is expended on the construction of the quay, will be paid back by the NPA.

Without the approval of the NPA, he said work on that quay apron, which is a major quay in Port Harcourt Wharf will not commence, and that will mean delay in the entire business operations, as outlined by PTOL.

He spoke on the desire and commitment of his company to put up state-of-the-art facilities at the wharf, and transformed the plan of PTOL to completely demolish the old and dilapidated quay apron/berth four which it wants to make a major quay apron at the port.

By this development, and if concession is reached by the parties, he said the quay apron will be the only one that will be totally reconstructed among all other quay aprons at the Port Harcourt Wharf.

PTOL, one of the concessionaries in Port Harcourt Wharf since last year, embarked on several rehabilitation of facilities to make Port Harcourt port return to general cargo operations for competitive business like other ports in the West.

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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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