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‘Poor Infrastructure May Hinder 2020 Dream’

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Poor infrastructural development may hinder Nigeria’s plan of being one of the 20 notable economies by 2020, Dr Biodun Adedipe, Principal Partner of Biodun Adedipe and Company, has said.

Adedipe said the 2020 economic policy directive of government had remained a mirage because of the absence of N79.5 trillion needed to meet infrastructural needs.

Adedipe made the remarks at a one-day training workshop for capital market correspondents on Tuesday in Lagos.

He spoke on: “Capital Market as a Subset of the Economy”.

Adedipe said that the dream lacked visible and physical commitment by government

According to him, the infrastructural demands of the economy must also be complemented with a holistic overhaul of the nation’s financial district.

Adedipe said that overhaul of the financial industry must be reflected in regulatory approach, intervention in the economy and proactive safety nets for depositors and investors’ assets.

He said that other areas that needed serious attentions were the democratisation and availability of credit market for investors.

Reports say that while Adedipe lauded the 2020 economic policy, he bemoaned poor articulation and coordinated planning in sustaining and meeting the policy objective.

Adedipe, who also compared the policy instrument with the former 2010 economic policy, argued that government’s approach toward achieving the objective was dangerously following previous moribund economic instruments.

Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke  said that the essence of the workshop was to acquaint journalists with contemporary national and global economic issues.    

Okereke-Onyiuke, who was represented by the Managing Director of the Central Securities Clearing System, Dr Onyewuchi Asinobi, said that the dynamics of the market made the training imperative.

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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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