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Amosun Tasks SEC to Explore Areas to Improve Government Revenue

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has appealed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to think outside the box and come up with ways the federal government can generate more funds and improve the economy.

The current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has plunged the nation into huge debts, and despite earning from crude oil sales and raising taxes, the country is unable to fund its budget without borrowing.

This has put the economy under pressure as most revenues generated are used to service debts, making many citizens worry about the future of the nation.

But the immediate past Governor of Ogun State believes that the capital market has the capacity to assist Nigeria in achieving its economic goals if given the needed support.

Speaking at the budget defence exercise by SEC in Abuja, the chartered accountant advised the agency to explore other areas that could aid in revamping the economy and improve government revenue, promising that the apex regulatory agency in the Nigerian capital market of the support of the parliament.

“The capital market is very important to the development of any economy. When the economy is stressed, the capital market can help,” he said, noting that the committee is very interested in the activities of the market as it is capable of providing the country with the needed long-term funding to get out of the woods as well as fund the budget.

He stated that the capital market in Nigeria was important to the economy of the nation as it was capable of providing the government with the much-needed revenue for infrastructural development.

“We know that globally, nations have been suffering the effects of COVID-19, and Nigeria is no exception. But we believe that with a vibrant capital market, our growth and development will be faster.

“We now know what the capital market can do to rescue the economy at a time like this. If we have to diversify our economy, the capital market has a role to play, which is why we are here to support you. We will support the capital market for our country to realise these economic goals.

“That is why the Senate is very interested in ensuring that our capital market does well. We are here to encourage you in the work that you do to ensure that we achieve success. We will encourage companies to list so as to further deepen the capital market,” he said.

Mr Amosun, who is not returning to the Senate next year, commended the management of SEC for its efforts to deepen the market.

Earlier in his presentation, the Director-General of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, told the senators that despite the global economic climate the world over, the commission had been able to improve its budget performance.

Mr Yuguda stated that due to a series of interactions with the lawmakers in the past, the organisation has been able to explore various areas in a bid to shore up its finances.

“This improvement in our performance is as a result of some of the fees that we introduced at the beginning of this year.

“When we came to you last year, the commission was facing a very difficult financial situation. We had various interactions with this committee, and we were asked to think outside the box so that we could bring measures to improve our performance.

“It is these measures that we started to introduce that have led to an improvement in our performance. We looked inwards and introduced various measures that drastically cut down our expenditures.

“We had a staff strength that we said was top heavy, and we were able to implement voluntarily early retirement programme in 2021 and concluded in December 2021.

“We also turned our attention to the revenue side and we looked at certain areas like the fixed-income market. The fixed-income market is highly regulated by the commission but was not generating revenues for the SEC, so from January 2022, we started accessing a small fee from the secondary fixed-income market. So, it is the combined effect of this that you see in the revenue performance of the commission,” Mr Yuguda said.

He stated that the agency looked at the Collective Investment Scheme sector and explored avenues of improving its performance in a bid to increase the revenues of the organisation.

 “The collective investment scheme is one of the areas that account for our improved performance. It has been with us for a decade, but the Commission has not been taking revenues from that sector.

“We have an investment management department, which is devoted to the regulation of the collective investment schemes; we have other services like the monitoring department, which goes out and monitors.

“In terms of funds on this particular side of the market, we have not been taking in many revenues.

“So, effective January 2022, as we announced last year, the commission started taking less than 0.5 per cent of the funds in collective investments schemes so that it will help the commission give good regulation and oversight,” he stated.

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CitiTrust Holdings Sells Commercial Paper for 22%

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

An opportunity has opened for commercial paper investors as CitiTrust Holdings Plc is offering the asset class at a coupon of 22.0 per cent per annum under its N50 billion commercial paper issuance programme.

According to details of the exercise obtained by Business Post, the company, in the financial services sector, is selling the debt instrument in four tenors of 90 days, 120 days, 180 days and 270 days.

The minimum subscription for prospective and potential investors is N5 million and can be purchased through any of the registered stockbrokers.

The 90-day instrument is going for 16.1 per cent, the 120-day paper is being sold for 17.5 per cent, the 180-day note is 19.1 per cent, and the 270-day instrument is going for 22.0 per cent.

The offer commenced on November 23, 2022, and is expected to close on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, with the net proceeds to be used for the company’s general corporate purposes and working capital.

CitiTrust said investors would be paid their interests from the operating cash flows of the organisation, with purchases to be settled via direct debit, electronic funds transfers, NIBBS Instant Payment (NIP), NIBBS Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) or Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS).

CitiTrust is a leading pan-African financial and investment conglomerate owned by reputable institutional and private investors. The company has a focus on high-end financial products and services for its targeted sectors of the economy, with operations in commercial banking, investment banking, wealth management, pension management, insurance and alternative investment.

The firm is a foremost financial solutions provider and has been an intricate part of the Nigerian economy since 2007. It has grown and evolved over the years into an award-winning market leader in the financial sub-sector of the Nigerian economy, establishing its footprints in 12 African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana, Liberia, Benin Republic, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and the UK.

In 2019, the organisation upgraded its operations into a reputable financial services provider to align with the strategic vision of its shareholders to build an enduring institution that delivers cross-functional services to its clientele.

The company’s deep knowledge of the market, dexterity, smooth and reliable processes driven largely by technology and the high quality of its personnel puts it on the cutting edge of strategic Importance with its clientele.

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No Individual Should Operate Domiciliary Account in Nigeria—Tope Fasua

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

An economist and former presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) in the 2019 general elections, Mr Tope Fasua, has kicked against the opening of a domiciliary account in Nigeria for an individual, calling it an abnormality.

Speaking on a Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast show, he said only corporate organisations involved in international trades should be allowed to operate a dorm account.

As individuals who need foreign exchange to transact any business transaction, they should be given a credit card or prepaid card, which would be loaded with the value of Dollars they require instead of giving them cash.

According to him, this would limit the demand for FX and strengthen the Naira in the forex market segments.

Mr Fasua made these submissions while reacting to the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the N200, N500, and N1,000 notes.

“Personal dorm accounts are mostly unnecessary; only companies that are doing international trade transactions or financial market companies should be able to hold dorm accounts because they have a reason to,” the renowned analyst said on the programme monitored by Business Post.

“When I travelled abroad recently, GTBank loaded by card with Dollars, and when I need to spend where I am going, I just use my card,” he added, stressing that, “If you are an exporter, you have export proceeds coming in, you can have a dorm account.

“If you are an importer and you need to pay your customer once in a while, you can have a dorm account as a company, but if every Tom, Dick and Harry can speculate against their own currency, you will never get it out of crises.”

According to him, “The ease at which people move against their currency in this country is too much; it should not be that easy.”

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LIBIZFAIR Will Boost Business Opportunities in Lagos

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Chairman of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has disclosed that the Lagos Island Business Fair (LIBIZFAIR) will improve business opportunities in the state and also attract more investments.

The former federal lawmaker said this at the opening ceremony of the fair organised by the Lagos Island Connect, in conjunction with the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.

At the programme held at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Onikan, Lagos, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, represented by the Head of the Lagos Annex of the agency, Mr Oladipo Odebowale, commended the state government for the initiative.

She noted that the platform provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, saying, “This will boost investment and business opportunities in the state.”

The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Lola Akande, in her remarks, described the empowerment of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as critical to the empowerment of youths.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the minister, Mrs Adetutu Ososanya, she noted that building the capacity of youth-oriented enterprises, with the goal of providing opportunities for growth, will lead to an increase in prosperity among Lagos Island youths.

“I believe this platform can leverage socio-economic networking and Information Communication & Technology to provide more interactive opportunities for the teeming youth of Lagos Island and its environs from diverse cultural, religious, social and educational backgrounds to grow their businesses and services, as well as the State’s economy,” she said.

The Commissioner explained that the fair aligns with the policy of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of creating a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, widening access to the market and encouraging networking and collaboration among entrepreneurs.

Also speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the governor on Sustainable Development Goals & Investment (SDG&I), Mrs Solape Hammond, stressed that the programme was geared towards supporting businesses to thrive at the local government level.

“The study discovered that the youths of Lagos Island are versatile, technologically enabled, driven and willing to be positively engaged, particularly in personal and communal development.

“Though most of them are faced with different challenges yet, there is an enormous zeal to be gainfully engaged rather than being idle, which could contribute to community nuisance.

“Young people in Lagos Island have a brighter vision for the future, and all stakeholders must join together to support them to deliver it,” the governor’s aide said in her presentation on the Lagos Island Youth Needs Assessment Survey.

The co-founder of the Lagos Island Connect, Mrs Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, while addressing participants, noted that the LIBIZFAIR 2022 was geared towards taking businesses in Lagos Island from a local to a global level by investing in the youths and preventing their massive migration to foreign lands.

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