Against expected increase in liquidity in the foreign exchange market, the exchange rate of naira against major currencies remained stable as at the second day of trading in the new year.
Specifically at the official market, the naira sold for N147.6 same as it was on the first day while the euro sold for N211.865 it exchanged on Monday.
Also, against the British Pound, the Naira sold for N239.9, same as it was during the period under review.
At the parallel market, the US dollar sold for N150.00 down from N152 last week while at the bureau de change, the dollar exchanged for N149.9.
“This period is usually one that is characterised by lower demand for the dollar as many Nigerians coming from abroad bring in the much needed foreign currencies said Mr. Wale Abe a financial expert.
At the wholesale Dutch Auction System (WDAS) trading held on Monday the Central Bank of Nigeria offered $200 million as against $300 million sold last week, while $200 million was sold as against $300 million the previous week.
Interbank lending rate edged up to 3.16 per cent on average this week, compared to 30 per cent last week, as the system remained liquid enough to support demand for credit, a dealer said.
The Open Buy Back (OBB) was flat at 2.5 per cent below the Central Bank’s 6.0 per cent benchmark interest rate.
Overnight placement was also unchanged at 3.0 per cent, while call money climbed to 4.0 per cent from 3.5 per
cent the previous week.
Inflows of about N56 billion in cash calls to Nigeria’s’ oil joint venture partners and the redemption of about N63 billion in promisory notes by the Central Bank boosted liquidity last week.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank, at the second day left its benchmark interest rate unchanged as it aims to ease a credit shortage caused by last year’s banking crisis.
At the monetary policy meeting held Tuesday CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi said the monetary policy rate would be held at six per cent.
CBN, last year, bailed out the banking industry with N620 billion ($4 billion) to ease a credit squeeze and sacked eight bank chiefs.
The apex bank expects legislators to approved the creation of a company to buy bad debts from commercial banks in about three weeks Sanusi said Tuesday.
The key rate was last cut by 1.75 percentage points in April.
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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