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NIMASA Bans Unregistered Vessels

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Concerned that majority of the vessels providing marine services to international oil and Gas Companies (IOCs) in their upstream operations in Nigeria are neither registered with the National Authority nor under the cabotage Act, the nation’s maritime regulator, NIMASA has come out with a raft of new measures to boost the country’s shipping tonnage.
Speaking at the OTL Africa Downstream conference in Lagos, the agency’s Director- General, Mr Temisan Omatseye called on all the IOCs to immediately review their marine service contracting process in a manner that ensures that only fully complaint cabotage vessels are contracted to provide marine services. He also directed all vessels already in the service of oil companies but not duly as required by the Act to immediately do so within a reasonable time frame from now.
The NIMASA boss specifically noted that by the requirement of the Act, all floating production and storage offshore vessels (FPSOs), drilling rigs and mobile production platforms operating in the Nigeria waters, are all required with NIMASA by virtue of section 44 of the NIMASA Act.
Omatseye reminded all IOCs operating FPSOs rigs and platforms that are not registered that they are doing so in contravention of the extant law of the land, advised them to without further delay, bring them in full compliance with the requirements of the cabotage Act.
The agency, therefore, made the following declarations, which he stated will immediately be followed by formal marine notices.
All vessels currently engaged in cabotage trade in Nigeria but are not duly registered in special register for cabotage vessels are, in the main, contravening section 22 of the cabotage Act and are therefore liable on conviction to the sanctions stipulated in section 35 of the Act, including untimely forfeiture of the vessels are hereby strongly advised to take immediate steps to comply fully with all relevant provisions of the Acts as the agency shall henceforth commerce full enforcement of its power under the Act.
Ship-owners, shipping companies and agents are hereby advised that vessels involved in the importation of petroleum products into Nigeria should henceforth desist from discharging their cargo to non-cabotage complaint vessels for onward delivery to various points and ports in Nigeria. Such ship to ship transfer contravenes section 5 and 22 of the cabotage Act, and is laible to the sanctions stipulated in section 35 of the Act.
All foreign vessels involved in the importation of petroleum products are hereby strongly advised to henceforth deal only with cabotage complaint vessels. Similarly, all lighter vessels wishing to be engaged in such operations are advised to comply fully with all relevant provisions of the cabotage Act 2003.
Omatseye also outlined new key areas of focus for the achievement of increased maritime industry value, including a scheme for accelerated acquisition of cabotage service trading assets, provision of critical maritime infrastructure to domesticate asset maintenance services and mass production of human capital to meet manning demand and other technical skills.

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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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