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MFBS Foresees Tough Times In 2010

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Practitioners in the Microfinance Institution in the Nigeria have predicted that the sector would face tough time this year.

This prediction is connected to the sanitisation exercise being carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the sub-sector.

While some stated that mergers and acquisitions would envelope MFBs in the new year, others said weak MFBs would need to pave way for strong ones for any meaningful growth and development in the microfinance market.

The chief executive officer, King Solomon’s Microfinance Bank, Mr. Ugo Umeseanka said 2010 is going to be a tough and busy year. He said that happenings in the banking sector would also indirectly affect microfinance institutions, especially those who have account in their corresponding banks.

Pointing the way forward, he noted that CBN needs to do a lot especially in the area  of redeeming the image of microfinance institutions.

He called on the apex bank to publish the list of the licenced MFBs that would be made available to the public in form of pamphlets. This he said would distinguish the licenced MFIs and sake ones.

Passion, patience and commitment, he said is the only instrument operators need to adopt to survive in this tough time.

In a related development, the chairman, Lagos State Association of Microfinance Banks, Olutayo Adenekan, said, though the harsh economic scenario in the country would not augur well for smooth operations of the industry, adding that operators should embrace low cost measure.

Flamboyant ways of living, he said is not ideal for an industry that is just three years old, as this would affect the financial standing of banks.

“Building of gigantic structure, buying of exotic cars, and bumper package for directors, among others is not good especially for banks that are facing liquidity challenges. These are expenditure and assets that could not bring profit”, he said.

He however warned his colleagues not to be the architect of their misfortune by cutting corners in a bid to make quick profits.

Another operator, Lanre Abiola chairman, Gold Microfinance Bank whose view is a little different, stated that 2010 would be positive and better more than the out-gone year “because we have learnt our lessons and a lot of operators are also making efforts toward increasing the capital base”.

He noted that to ease the operating environment in the current year, government needs to provide adequate infrastructure such as electricity to reduce operating cost. Most microfinance institutions are running on generators and all those affect the profitability of microfinance firms. He continued that, unless this is addressed, he foresees harsh operating environment in the current year.

The chairman further said that banks would be compelled to reduce staff strength in a bid to employ lost measure which CBN have bee sensitising operators about in the current year.

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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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