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Omatek Re-organises, Proposes Dividends

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Management of Omatek ventures Plc has said the company has been re-organised after the world’s foremost computer companies structure to evolve necessary arms needed to execute its business.

The Group Managing Director, Omatek, Mrs Florence Seriki, who made this declaration, said despite the ravaging economic downturn that prevented other companies from paying dividend, the computer company is proposing a dividend of 5 kobo, which amounts to ten per cent of the share price at the end of its first year on the stock market. Seriki stated this while she and the management team visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) for facts behind the figure.

She said “despite the economic downtown we have won over 100 awards between last year and now. Our turnover for this last financial year was almost N2billion. Despite the economic downtown we have been able to do this, which means with all these initiatives that have come out between then and now and our rich board members, I think we have much to deliver to the market. I assure you this is a long term company to invest in. It is not different from the way Dell started, neither is it different from the compaq we all sold.”

She noted that Omatek ventures Plc has grown into a holding Company with required subsidiaries to perform a seamless operation of its business. The companies include Omatek Computers (Ghana) Ltd, Omatek ventures (Ghana) Ltd, Omatek Engineering Services Ltd and Omatek ventures Distribution Ltd. Seriki stated that after the listing, last year, the company had undergone fundamental restructuring which created all the necessary subsidiaries a computer manufacturing company needed to penetrate the market.

She highlighted how a joint research with first class producers in Asia had resulted into manufacturing of hybrid inverters powered with solar technology.  Seriki explained that Omatek continued the research and development and came up with cheaper inverters that have solar panels which will have no need for maintenance for the first five years.

She said, “We created what is called UPS inverter technology.

We started doing inverters for ATMS. Research and Development went on, and we started  hybriding it with solar technology and we started creating 24-hour power solution, no fuel, no generator.

Omatek made a turnover of N1.7billion in the financial year ended June 2009 as against N283 million for the last financial year. The profit after tax went up by 90 per cent from N165 million in the previous financial year to N314 million in 2009.

A dividend of 5 kobo per share has been proposed by the board of directors.

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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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