The federal government
has stated that the one million meters if proposed to supply to Nigerians as part of the efforts of government to bridge the wide metering gap in the power sector would be procured from local manufacturers of electricity meters.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo had on January 15, 2015 announced that President Goodluck Jonathan had approved finals for the procurement of one million electricity meters which would be given to Nigerians to cushion the effects of inadequate metering in the power sector.
Speaking further on the issue, after a recent inspection visit to Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited in Ogun State, the Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil told The Tide source that all the one million meters would be sourced locally.
He said though the power sector had been transformed and privatised the government still has a very crucial role to play to ensure that all Nigerians got what they wanted.
“Let me state categorically that we are going to procure the one million meters from local manufacturers of meters and that is why I am here.
“Because of the promise by the government, we are here to see the local manufacturers, to see their capacity and with what I have seen, I do not think that we have any problems”, he said.
Wakil further stated that though the power sector had been handed over to private investors, the government would continue to act as a shock absorber to ensure that the aspirations of Nigerians were met.
According to him, there are two or three local companies that manufacture meters in Nigeria, adding that these companies have the capacity to supply the one million meters.
Speaking earlier when the minister was inspecting the facilities in the company, the chairman of Momas meter manufacturing company limited, Mr. Kola Balogun, stated that the company is one of the best sub-saharah Africa. According to him, the company has a capacity to produce 100,000 meters monthly.
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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