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Install Smart Meters To Improve Revenue, Discos Urged

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The Association of
Electricity Consumers of Nigeria (AECN) has urged the managements of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to adopt the smart metering model to reduce energy loss and improve revenue generation.
The National President of the association, Mr Gani Makanjuola, who made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lagos said the application of the new technology would improve the national electricity distribution and enhance economic development.
According to him, the desire to put such technology in place would further enhance the commitment and capabilities of the utility companies.
“Their required organisational changes, processes and technology enhancements would improve efficiency in electricity distribution through smart metering operations.
“Energy providers are implementing smart metering to drive down cost to serve, prolong the life of aging infrastructure, drive reliability and promote process efficiency.
“Energy providers’ deploying of smart meters required an Information Technology and organisational transformation that will prepare them for the future,’’ he said.
Makanjuola said the introduction and integration of smart metering technologies into the traditional utility operation model would bring about a change in how operational processes are organised.
He said that smart meter deployment provided an opportunity to save cost in operations following the review and realignment of core and support processes.
The association’s president also urged the Federal Government to compel the nation’s electricity distribution companies to patronise indigenous meter manufacturing companies.
He said the promotion of local content would encourage knowledge transfer, conservation of foreign exchange and jobs creation.
“The association appealed to the government to prevail on DISCOs to promote locally manufactured pre-paid meters.
“Government must ensure that the approved funds for the procurement of one million electricity meters should be purchased locally.
Makanjuola stressed that the meters should be purchased locally in the spirit of the local content initiative, adding that there was no need for government or the DICOS to engage in importation of meters.
“There is no reason why government or the companies will go outside the shores of the country to get a product that is readily available locally,” he added.
Also speaking,  Balogun, Chairman, Momas Meter Manufacturing Company Ltd, Mr Kola Balogun, decried the poor patronage of locally-made electricity meters by government agencies.
According to Balogun, the revolution in telecommunications can be sustained in Nigeria through the promotion of this sector.
“The story of poor patronage is still the same in meter manufacturing where foreign firms are better patronised and recognised by electricity companies.
“ I can confidently say that we (the local manufacturers of meters) can meet the country’s supply needs if patronised,’’ he said adding that that employment opportunities would triple if local manufacturers get more support from government at all levels.
He said that the local content policy of the government would not succeed if home-made innovations were not adequately utilised.
He said that Nigeria’s power sector reforms would be meaningless if more considerations were not given to local manufacturers of electricity equipment.
“Nigeria has reached a stage where it is not supposed to be importing meters.
“In our company alone, we have a production capacity of one million to two million meters a month,” Balogun added.

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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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