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Late Passage Of Budget Worries NACCIMA

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Nigeria Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has urged the Federal Government to evolve a new budget strategy that would govern the budgetary process and define the roles of the key players in the preparation, Presentation and approval of the budgets.

Under this arrangement, the budget should be ready for Implementation by January of each ensuing year to drive business activities and investment in the economy. This, the association says, is to enable the private sector operators whose business plans and projects are directly dependent on the policies and provision in the federal government annual budgets to plan for each year.

As has been the case over the years since the beginning of the current democratic dispensation, the 2009 budget was not signed into law until the tail end of the first quarter in March 2009.

“Experience from the budgeting process since the beginning of the current democratic dispensation underscores the need for  Nigeria to evolve a viable and efficient budgeting procedures” said, Simon Okolo, President of the association.

This to NACCIMA is definitely unacceptable to the Private Sector Operators whose business plans and projects are directly dependent on the policies and provisions in the Federal Government Annual Budgets.

It is a known fact that the passage into law of the Appropriation Bill and assent of the budget every year is of serious concern to business community, as it drives business activities and investment in the economy.

While proffering solution to the perennial late passage of budget, the NACCIMA president said for effective implementation of budgets, Government should ensure that the Economic Policy Coordinating and implementation committee continue to consult with the organised  private sector on quarterly basis and on proposed policy changes in the course of any budget year.

There is the need for government to ensure that the budget monitoring committee under the Ministry of Finance should not exclude the organised private sector seasoned and tested personality.

“The need for quarterly, half-yearly and full year publication of budget Implementation reports as a veritable way of ensuring transparency and accountability in government budget implementation has often been emphasized.”

The Association counseled that necessary measures for good budget review which will adequately capture and take care of policy shocks, non-performance of certain projects, short fals, and surpluses generated etc. in the reports should be put in place.

This, he said would remove doubts and restore high confidence in the minds of Nigerians and the business community on the ability of Government to demonstrate political will and sincerity to programme implementation.

Government should therefore evolve a new budget process strategy that would govern the budgetary process and define the roles of the key players in the preparation, presentation and approval of annual National Budgets, with a clear time frame, he said.

“The question in the minds of Nigerians, especially we in the private sector is: what has been done with this  money and what can government show for the amount it realised as against its expectation.”

We should note that the real and social sectors comprising Agriculture and Water Resources, Education, Power and Energy, Health, Manufacturing, Solid Minerals among others are yet to experience any significant improvements.

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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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