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Shipping Institute To Go Charter

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Dr. Alex Okwuashi, the Registrar of the Certified Institute of Shipping (CIS) has said that the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria (CISN) bill before the National Assembly is aimed at regulating professionals in the maritime industry.

Having sailed through the second reading at the National Assembly, the bill is gathering momentum, as various other inputs are made to it through public hearing on it, CIS registrar noted.

He said that because the nature of the bill, the first and the second reading were unanimously supported by members of the National Assembly due to what he described as the “expedient and important” nature of the bill.

According to Okwuashi, the CISN bill is set to regulate the entry of persons into the shipping profession and allied matters. It has been discovered that professionals in the shipping sector are unregulated, open to all corners and that is why business in the sector has been without proper regulation.

He said that the CIS was established 10 years ago, but the first bill which was submitted to the National Assembly in 2002 to get it chartered, suffered a set back, and disclosed that several dignitaries and other stakeholders in the maritime industry are expected to make input on the current CIS bill.

On performance of the institute since its inception, the registrar recalled that 3,000 persons had bee trained and awarded certificates, adding that there had been a short fall in maritime manpower.

He pointed out that Nigeria has not provided 10 per cent of its total Maritime Industry manpower requirements, and that what the nation had been able to produce in terms of maritime manpower needs was in the neigbourhood of five to seven percent.

Okwuashi also explained that foreigner are still dominating both the nation’s and local international shipping over the years pointing out that a country like Singapore because of its enormous involvement in human capital development, could earn enormous foreign exchange.

The CIS registrar contended that the only way Nigeria could meet its maritime manpower potentials is to have a chartered institute to train professionals.

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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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