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SEC Prosecutes Banks, Capital Market Operators

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has commenced hearing in matters involving principal officers of banks and capital market operators who might have breached the Investment and Securities Act (ISA) and the SEC rules and regulations in the ongoing crisis in the banking industry.

Ms. Daisy Ekineh, acting director-general of the commission stated this at a luncheon with journalists in Lagos.

According to Ekineh, having completed the investigations, the commission APC had in November commenced hearing on the matters involving the bank’s principal officer and capital market operators who might have breached the ISA and the SEC rules and regulations.

She added that it is expected that the hearings would be concluded soon.

The acting director-general said the banking crisis of 2009 had impacted not only on the money market but on the financial system as a whole, remarking that it had among others, exposed weaknesses in corporate governance in some banks and capital market entities.

She said the findings had revealed the involvement of capital market operators and participants in the saga.

Ekineh said the commission in 2009 focused its priorities on monitoring  and enforcement to ensure a safer more transparent and efficient capital market.

She said in order to achieve this, the commission intensified efforts to improve the efficiency of the market regulation and supervision as laws and rules are as efficient as their enforcement, adding that this included the adoption of zero tolerance on market infractions which has reduced new cases of infractions in the market, implying that operators now conform with the rules than they previously did.

The acting director-general said the commission suspended a number of operators and participants from market activities during the year while a few were referred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

She said in the last 20 months, various enforcement actions including suspension from participating in capital market activities were taken against over 77 operators.

Ekineh said the commission intensified its on and off site inspection of operators, adding that more inspections are now conducted than were previously carried out in order to closely monitor the health and operations of intermediaries.

She noted that following the inspection findings, all operators were directed to make full and immediate provision for their impaired capital to be reflected in the October 2009 management accounts to the commission.

The acting director-general said the operators had largely compiled with the directive which showed large negative shareholders’ funds in some cases.

Ekineh contended that given the findings the commission held a meeting with operators on the imperative of re-opening the recapitalisation and consolidation exercise which was suspended and to sensitise them on the imperative for it under the present circumstance.

The recapitalisation is to be backed by risk based capital adequacy standards and risk based supervision which the commission is migrating to.

Ekineh said the objective is to create stronger institutions which would effectively and efficiently intermediate in the capital market, adding that the World Bank is assisting the commission in the move to risk based supervision and capital standards.

The commission is also formulating rules on the use of custodian for the safe keep of the assets of collective investment schemes while the possibility of same for clients of stock brokers is being examined.

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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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