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Stock Market Indices Tilt Northward

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The Equity market of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) finished in the green last week with the key market indicators tilting in the north ward direction.
Specifically the all share index, the Nigerian Stock market benchmark index surged by 1.61 per cent to close at 22,653.17 basis points as against 22,293.53 basis points of the preceding week.
The market capitalisation of listed equities added about N200 billion to finish at N5.34 trillion as against N5.2 trillion recorded the previous week.
Market analysts had attributed the development to the ongoing banking reform carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the positive changes in the macroeconomic level of the country’s economy.
The NSE-30 index, a gauge for the stock performance of 30 largest companies in the market according to the NSE weekly report, rose by 2.6 per cent to close at 863.38 points.
The barometer for measuring the performance of food and beverage stocks, the NSE food and beverages index was up by 2.56 per cent to close at 475.40 points.
The NSE banking index, a gauge for banking stocks rose by 1.3 per cent to close at 371.93 points. While the NSE Oil and Gas index rose by 5.95 per cent to close at 308.51 points.
The NSE Insurance index, a gauge that measures performance of insurance stocks, however took a downward trend as it dropped by 1.95 per cent to close at 306.03 points.
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc led the pack of 41 stocks that appreciated in price for the week with a gain of 603 Kobo to close at N29.03 per share while Oando traded with 579 Kobo gain to close at N93.99 per share.
Other price gainers in the top 10 category were African Petroleum Plc 535 Kobo, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc 473 Kobo, UAC Nigeria Plc 430 Kobo, Nigerian Breweries Plc 350 Kobo, Nestle Nigeria Plc 299 Kobo, Lafarge Cement WAPCO 255 Kobo, Conoil Plc 141 Kobo and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc 135 Kobo.
On the flipside, Eterna Oil & Gas Plc led the pack of 55 stocks that drifted in the red in terms of their share prices dropping 120 Kobo to close at N11.20 per share while Nigerian Bottling Company Plc followed with 115 Kobo loss to close at N22.30 per share.
Other price drifters in the top 10 top bracket for the week include Seven Up Bottling Company Plc 92 Kobo, BOC Gases Plc 74 Kobo, FCMB Plc 64 Kobo, Spring Bank Plc 52 Kobo, African Alliance Insurance Plc 48 Kobo, RT Briscoe Plc 45 Kobo, Portland Points Plc 36 Kobo and Oceanic Bank International Plc 35 Kobo.

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FOI Act Implementation Bothers BPST Boss

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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.

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FCTA Harmonises Mobile Adverts, Haulage System Against Double Taxation

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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.

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LASG Begins Vehicle Parking Lanes Demacation

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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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