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AFAN Expresses Optimism In 2015 Rice Target

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National Technical Adviser, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Dr. Tunde Arosanyin has expressed optimism on the country’s ability to meet the 2015 target for self-sufficiency in rice production.
Arosanyin expressed the hope in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the efforts of the Federal Government and the farmers to meet the target were in the right direction.
He called on states and local governments to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to make the goal realistic.
“All hands must be on deck to ensure that the target is achieved.
“The commercial farmers are coming up but we need to see more indigenous commercial farmers in rice production.
“Some of the states that have economic advantage on rice production should ensure they keyed into the Public Private Partnership (PPP) where there are so many agricultural investors.
“I really don’t see the need for Nigeria to be importing rice, maize, sugar or wheat, we must look inwards to salvage our economy,” he told reporters.
“We must initiate how to become exporters of food items to reduce unemployment and also address the issue of food security.’’
The AFAN technical adviser urged state governments to create an enabling environment where farmers could exhibit their potential to attract investors.
The Tide source  recalls that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, had in 2013 said that Nigeria would be self-sufficient in rice production by 2015.
Adesina noted that the country, a major consumer and importer of rice in Africa, was spending over N1 billion daily and N356 billion annually on rice importation.
The minister said the high import cost of rice must be reduced drastically.
Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, the Special Assistant to the minister, said in 2013 that the Federal Government had provided quality seeds as well as other input to support rice farmers.
He said the country had begun a rice revolution and produced nearly 50 per cent of all its rice needs in just a year.
Oyeleye added that the private sector also responded with 14 new rice mills and made high quality local rice available in 2013.

Cross-section of director of the Rivers State Board of Internal Revenue during a press briefing by the chairman of the board in Port Harcourt. Photo: Ibioye Diama

Cross-section of director of the Rivers State Board of Internal Revenue during a press briefing by the chairman of the board in Port Harcourt. Photo: Ibioye Diama

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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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