The Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has expressed sadness that in an era when Nigerians had hoped that progress has been made in dismantling the obstacles to a free press, some people are thinking of enacting a bill that would take the country back to the period of press censorship and government control.
This was made known in a press statement jointly signed by the chairman of the association, Ajibola Ogunshola, Vice President Mal Kabir Yusuf and Publicity Secretary Frank Aigbogun who said it would appear that history is lost on the promoters of the bill because the press in Nigeria has always stood against attempts to emasculate it.
The statement observed that as a democracy it is believed that Nigeria should be making much progress at freeing the space for public discourse and engagement as well as ensuring that every effort at instituting public accountability is encouraged, pointing out that the association therefore, does not see the logic in the bill which seeks to replace the existing Press Council Decree with the Nigerian Press and Practice of Journalism Council.
It noted that the bill like others before it was faulty and diabolic that the federal government should determine what the public should know and abridge the right of the people to information and hold their leaders accountable to those who elected them.
The statement also recalled that in 1999, the NPAN instituted a case at the Federal High Court, Lagos seeking to abrogate the Nigerian Press council because it was their view that the provisions are inimical to the smooth functioning of a free press.
According to the statement, the suit number FHC/L/C/1324/99 was still pending before the courts and it will now seem as if the promoters of the vexatious bill now seek to make the final outcome of that suit a nullity.
It stated that the NPAN and other stakeholders have already established an ombudsman process and calls on Nigerians to support the process and fight to defeat the bill and any other measures that seek to control freedom of information.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
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.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
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.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
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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