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Jonathan Vows To Stabilise Naira

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President Goodluck
Jonathan on Thursday, reassured that his administration would ensure stability in the value of the naira by striving to take away speculative behavriours that caused market exchange pressures.
He gave the assurance during the nationwide New Year broadcast in Abuja, promising that the government would continue to promote policies that would ensure economic stability.
Jonathan said his administration would also continue to lay the foundation for a vibrant economy to attract more significant foreign direct investment.
“We will continue to build and maintain a healthy external reserves position and strengthen fiscal buffers.
“We will ensure the naira remains strong and gives foreign investors the clarity and certainty that they need to guide future investment decisions”, he said.
According to the president, his administration would improve the nation’s payment systems and strengthen risk-based supervision mechanisms for Nigerian banks to ensure overall health and stability of the banking system.
He said the federal government will be introducing a broad spectrum of financial instruments to boost sector-specific enterprise areas in agriculture, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), manufacturing and oil and gas.
The president said these instruments were meant to enhance the nation’s aggregate supply capacity, reduce poverty, promote job creation and increase the general well-being of the people.
“These efforts and other measures being spearheaded by relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDA) are geared to ensure a secure future for Nigeria and create a much more prosperous country where  people live more peaceful and fulfilled lives”, he said.
The president also enumerated some of the achievements of his administration in the past four years.
According to him, the federal government has rehabilitated and expanded the nation rail transportation network, successfully privatized power generation and distribution.
He disclosed that his administration had significantly reformed and increased local participation nationwide access to potable water from 57 per cent in 2010 to 70 per cent at present.
“We have also made significant progress in improving access to primary, secondary and tertiary education by building and equipping more schools including special Almajiri schools and establishing additional universities to ensure that each state has at least one federal university.
“Our national economy maintained a steady growth rate of close to 7 per cent in the past four years and millions of fresh employment opportunities were created for our people as a direct consequence”, he said.
Jonathan further revealed that the federal government recently launched the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) and the $100 million government and donor Fund for Agriculture Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) to fast-track the positive transformation of the agricultural sector.
He said that YEAP targeted 750,000 market-oriented young agricultural produces adding that the $100 million fund had been earmarked to provide affordable long-term financing to support the development of small and medium agribusinesses in the 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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