The Lagos State Govern
ment has announced plans to curtail the activities of unlicensed electricians as part of efforts to check frequent fire incidents in the state.
The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mrs Dominga Odebunmi, told our correspondent on Thursday, that the measure became necessary in view of frequent fire incidents in Lagos in recent times.
Odebunmi urged residents of the state to desist from patronising unlicensed electricians, adding that the activities of quack electricians had been responsible for some fire incidents.
“Don’t patronise quacks or Do-it-yourself (DIY) electricians that will just do joining and bypasses, tie up wires in such a way that little sparks are enough to ignite and trigger fire.
“The commission has come up with a safety card for competent electricians in the state. When you call for electricians, ask them for their safety card.
“If they don’t have the safety card from the commission, it means you are patronising a quack.
“Safety is a collective responsibility. The government alone cannot do it, so we need people that are involved directly with different trades to ensure that they imbibe the advocacy and guidelines of government,” Odebunmi said.
She said that the advocacy programmes would be held in collaboration with all government agencies directly responsible for controlling activities in markets, homes and workplaces to ensure safety.
“When fire incidents happen, it doesn’t just affect the shop or property owners alone. It affects lives, houses, a whole range of shops, commerce and properties worth millions.
“It throws a lot of standard and order into disarray. People are turned destitute and impoverished; business owners become debtors and some even go bankrupt.
“We are advising people to imbibe safety as a culture, as it is a critical tool of development that is vital to our life.”
According to her, the government will put the measures, guidelines, control on how to comply and advocate with the public till it stems the tide of fire incidents in the state.
“After all these and we still find people wanting, then it means there is a need for enforcement.
“It means those kind of people need to be brought to face the wrath of the law. They will go through reprimand, restitution, pay penalty and might even lose their right to do certain things for a while.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
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.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
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.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
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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