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EFCC, NTDC To Block Money Laundering Channels

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The Nigeria Tourism development Corporation  (NTDC) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) have formed a strong alliance to shut down the channels through which hotels in the country are currently used by corrupt officials to facilitate laundering of embezzled funds.

Both agencies promised to emabark on investigations and ensure that hotels deeply involved in facilitating  the siphoning of funds to foreign destinations are made to face the wrath of the law as a step to stem the nefarious act.

While planning tougher security measures around the complex, financial transacations of hotels involving large amounts they threatened to decisively deal with perpetrators of all forms of cross-border financial crimes that hide under the pretext of tourism engagement. The two agencies also, last week, agreed not o allow supposed tourists coming into the country or leaving for other destinations the room for maneuvers through possession of hug sums.

Farida Waziri, chairman of EFCC, while receiving Otunba Olusegun Runsewe director of NTDC, noted that Nigeria is richly endowed in tourism and should be developed to a level that it would serve as a veritable alternative source of revenue for the country. She said every effort would be made to frustrate attempts to injure the economy or further tarnish the image of the country by a few elements under the disguise of tourism.

Waziri lamented that the perception on Nigeria’s image abroad was still on the negative side, especially on the issue of scammers. Consequently, she said that the EFCC had recently created a transaction clearing platform (TCP) to tackle the menace of 419 letters emanating from Nigeria.

“The TCP will perform basic due diligence in respect  of business proposals received by foreigners from Nigeria and confirm the authencity of such proposals,” she said. “It will also host the authentic names and contact details of Nigeria institutions that scammers always impersonate just as she formally request the NTDC to also furnish the EFCC with its relevant details which will be hosted on the TCP.”

Runsewe, who told his EFCC counterpart that it was necessary to effectively manage “the country’s tourism profile, said “the time has come for us to repair this country from the menace of 419.”

He also intimidated Farida that since NTDC’s similar collaboration with the Corporate Affairs Commission on the registration of tourism related business, crime rate in that area had reduced drastically.

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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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