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Politicians Demand For Dollars, Put Pressure On Naira

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There are indications that
the Nigerian currency which hit an exchange rate of N208 against the United States Dollar in the streets of Lagos recently may drop further as politicians seek more of the greenback to fund campaigns few weeks to the general elections.
The naira had last week crashed against the dollar from N191 to N208 at the parallel market.
Foreign exchange dealers told The Tide source on Wednesday in Port Harcourt that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) stringent requirement for purchasing dollars at the official and interbank segments of the forex market had forced the politicians to take to the Bureaux De Change and street markets in recent times.
According to a source at one of the BDCs at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, at least 60 per cent of total demand for the dollar at BDCs black markets is being fuelled by politicians who are currently stepping up preparations for the February elections.
The Tide further gathered that the CBN had last week increased its weekly dollar sales to each of over 2500 BDCs in the country from $15,000 to $30,000 over six months after it slashed the figure from $50,000 per week to $15,000.
But findings by The Tide indicated that forex market officials want the CBN to increase the amount of dollar sale to the BDCs to stem further fall of the Naira.
The Head, Investment and Research, BGL, PLC, a research and investment advisory firm, Mr Femi Ademola, who spoke to the Tide said everything was still tied to falling oil prices.
He said the CBN’s inability to match the rising demand for the dollar with supply was traceable to the nation’s dwindling forex revenue.
According to him, a further devaluation of the naira after the elections might be inevitable unless the price of crude oil went up.
Ademola added that unless the price of oil rose, the CBN might be forced to move the official midpoint of the dollar from the current N168 to N200 after the elections.
Already, the CBN in a bid to mitigate the pressure on the Naira last week stopped banks from selling dollars to the BDCs, while it increased its weekly sale to each operator to $30,000.

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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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