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FIRS Boss Tasks Youths On Self-Employment

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The Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Mrs. Ifucko Omoyui-Okonuru, has charged Nigerian youths not to look for jobs upon graduations but strive to create jobs for themselves and others.

Omioigui-Okauru said the era of seeking for jobs is fast becoming extract.

Okauru made the remark in Benin, Edo State, at the ceremony when Benson Idahosa University conferred on her a honourary Doctor of Science degree in Business Administration. She was the only person so honoured by the university at its fifth convocation ceremony, where the university graduated 509 students.

Thirteen of the graduands got first class degree.

“Quickly begin to think of how to multitask and how to earn a good living without being dependent on anyone”, she said.

“Do not fall into the trap at thinking that there is a job out there that you uncle, aunty, friend can help you.

Believe me that will corrode your self-confidence and belief in yourself. “Rather, look for the job yourself that aligns with what you want to do. If you do not find what you want, create the job yourself. Even if an opportunity that presents itself is not what you prepared for them. Initially, broaden your educational scope and perspective. No job is not worth it. Every aspect of society is a potential business. The key is discovering which you are good at, align to the potential out there and make a success at it.

Be interdependent and not depended on others. While enjoining the new graduates to pray and be close to God, Okaunu asked them to build a network of relationships, acquires skills, have the right attitude and seek the support of the family.  She saluted the founder of the university, Late Archbishop Benson Idahosa for his vision in establishing the university and the doggedness with which he worked to realise the dream of the university.

Okauru noted that the honour places her “as part of the Benson Idahosa’s University Community and likewise places the Benson Idahosa University Community in the business and community of taxation.

It is my hope and expectation that this partnership will grow to the benefit of our dear country”.

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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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