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CBN Directs Banks To Disclose Accounts

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has taken major steps to ensure that the financial statements of banks are published in their annual report to reveal their real state of operation.

CBN director of banking operation Mr. Samuel Oni, last week told banks to recognise the examiners’ loan loss provision and fully provide for same in their accounts as at September 30, 2009. He implored them to publish their un-audited accounts as at September 30, 2009 latest by the end of this month.

This development, according to Oni will make further discovery on banks financial statement after the conclusion of the special examination on the deposit money banks in the country. “Following the conclusion of the special examination on the deposit money banks in Nigeria, banks are hereby required to recognise the examiners’ loan loss provision and fully provide for same in their accounts as at September 30, 2009. Therefore banks are required to publish their un-audited accounts as at September 30, 2009 latest by October, 2009, Oni said in a circular forwarded to banks last week.

However, he commended the CBN Governor for the proactive step he took regarding the present bank reform. It would be recalled that the apex bank had injected funds worth N620 billion into six banks that displayed signs of failure due to high concentrations in their exposure to certain sectors such as capital markets and oil and gas.

Moreover, the NDIC director disclosed that the banking sector is Oligopolistic in nature with 10 banks still dominating the institution which reflected in their share of total deposits, loan and advances.

He further explained that until recent intervention by the CBN, reports showed that banks were unable to meet and fulfill their obligations to depositors and creditors as a result of their situation.

In his presentation, Dr. Joseph Afolabi NDIC Chairman on Public Awaress Committee said its deposit insurers with broad mandates and appropriate powers have greater ability to build and maintain public confidence as well as dealing with financial crisis. “Deposit insurers may therefore need risk minimising mandate with prompt intervention and resolution powers to contribute to the stability of the financial system and maintain public confidence”, he said.

He went on to say that there is further need to demonstrate to the public that the deposit insurance is well managed and governed to build trust and credibility with key stakeholders in the industry.

Afolabi further stressed that deposit insurance is a depositors protection scheme usually supported by insured institutions themselves and administered either through a government controlled agency, a privately held one that is jointly owned and administered.

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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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