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SEC Empowers Trade Groups For Capital Market Dev

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The Acting Director-Gen
eral, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr Mounir Gwarzo, says the commission is empowering trade groups in the capital market to enable it to regulate and strengthen its operations.
This is contained in a statement by the commission’s Head of Corporate Communication, Mr Yakubu Oluleye, in Abuja, recently.
The statement reported that Gwarzo said this when he received members of the Association of Assets Custodians of Nigeria (AACON) in Abuja.
It said that the policy thrust of the current management was the empowerment of the groups for greater and more effective role performance in the market.
The statement quoted Gwarzo as saying, “as long as people come together to form groups, we will support them”.
“That is why we have reviewed our complaints management framework to enable trade groups to handle complaints and resolve them and that is better for the market.
“The management is working to empower Self Regulatory Organisations (SROs) and Trade Organisations to enable them to handle some complaints and deal with them with dispatch.
“This is because the strategy of the management is not to create committees but to focus on prescriptions and ensure that they are executed within reasonable time frames.
“We are leveraging on making it mandatory for every registered operator to belong to a trade group. Some may not want to do so but that is a way of strengthening the trade groups; we are going to come up with that directive,” it said.
The statement said the commission had finalised the rules on complaints management framework which would allow complaints to be managed at the lower levels.
It said the acting DG, therefore, urged the custodians to carry out their responsibilities, to enable them to manage complaints effectively.
According to the statement, the President of the association, Mr Kemi Adewole, underlined the importance of creating environment conducive for foreign direct and portfolio investments, to deepen the Nigerian capital market.
She commended the SEC for its regulatory role, adding that the association would continue to manage foreign investors’ impression of the Nigerian market.
The statement quoted Adewale as saying, “our clients are about 90 per cent of foreign investors that come into the country; so we are the first port of call most times”.
According to her, funds should not be idle and that is why “you need a mutual party which is the role of the custodian”.
The statement said the association was mindful of costs in its transactions in the market, which was why it had tried to bring the costs as low as possible.

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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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