Cocoa Farmers Wants Association’s Stamp Seal Revalidated
**Target 500,000MT By 2021
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Cocoa farmers in Nigeria have expressed their intention to achieve about 500,000 metric tons by the year 2021.
This was revealed by National President of Cocoa Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Sayina Riman, in a phone chat with Independent newspaper recently.
Mr Riman said his members will hit this target if the public sector will facilitate the push and drive because they intend to start producing about 12 million seedlings yearly to farmers for rehabilitation and regeneration.
He said, “That 12 million, if we do that consistently in four years; in seven years that 12 million seedlings with the multiplier effect it will have on all the other farm tools, we might exceed our target of 500,000 metric ton in five years by 2021.”
According to him, the association is working in synergy with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Bank of Industry (BoI) and Bank of Infrastructure to draft a five year cocoa action plan roadmap.
“We have a five years cocoa action plan committee we are working with the Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Trade and Investment to come out with a comprehensive list of cocoa facilities and cocoa data and we are also making sure that, that action plan is inclusive of all the other government institutions that has direct or indirect access to cocoa,” he said.
Mr Riman also stated that the association wants the Minister of Trade and Investment to revalidate, “what we use to have at Cocoa Association of Nigeria’s (CAN) Stamp Seal on every cocoa that leaves the country, so that they will be able to get that statistic for the first time.
“Secondly and most importantly, you will realise that Nigeria is about the only country where the Minister of Trade, gives a different statistic of cocoa, the Minister of Agriculture gives another, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) gives a different cocoa production figure, it has always been in that way for some time; this aspect of the CAN stamp seal will put a stop to that if our CAN stamp seal comes into effect,” he added.
However, he said some of the challenges facing the cocoa farmers include; aged farmers, aged trees, moribund farms and that the farmers’ hardly used fertilizers especially organic fertilizers.
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Seplat Sues Co-founder Orjiako, Amaze Limited to Protect Shareholders, Others
By Dipo Olowookere
A legal action has been instituted against the co-founder of Seplat Energy Plc, Mr A.B.C. Orjiako, by the indigenous energy company at the Federal High Court in Abuja over breaches of an agreement between them.
A statement issued by Seplat disclosed that the organisation entered into a consultancy deal with Mr Orjiako, through his firm, Amaze Limited.
According to the disclosure, which was made pursuant to Rule 17.10 of the Rulebook of the Nigerian Exchange Limited, 2015, also known as issuer’s rule, Mr Orjiako failed to do something about the alleged breaches after his attention was called to infractions.
As a result, Seplat Energy terminated the “consultancy agreement between the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary and its co-founder, Dr. A.B.C Orjiako, acting through Amaze Limited” with immediate effect and is seeking “appropriate legal remedies.”
“Under the consultancy agreement, Dr Orjiako was obliged to provide defined assistance with certain external stakeholder engagements following his retirement from the board after the 2022 Annual General Meeting in May 2022,” a part of the notice stated.
It was further noted that the board of directors of the organisation “unanimously approved” the termination of the contract “following repeated warnings about breaches of a material nature, such as unilaterally making significant commitments on Seplat’s letterhead without prior board authority or knowledge.”
It explained that the suit “was necessary to protect the company and its shareholders, directors, and officers from potential and increasing liability arising from the conduct of the consultants, Dr Orjiako and Amaze Limited.
“Seplat Energy reiterates its commitment to high standards of corporate governance across all areas of its business. The matter is now sub judice and awaiting resolution by the court,” the statement noted.
FAAC Allocation to FG, States, LGs in March Shrinks to N722.7bn
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The amount shared to the three tiers of government, the federal government, state governments, and local governments, by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), decreased in March 2023 from the money distributed in February.
A communique issued on Wednesday after the FAAC meeting in Abuja disclosed that N722.7 billion was disbursed from the revenue generated by the country last month compared with the N750.2 billion shared in February.
A breakdown showed that the total distributable revenue of N722.677 billion comprised distributable statutory revenue of N366.800 billion, distributable Value Added Tax (VAT) revenue of N224.232 billion, Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) of N11.645 billion and N120.000 billion Augmentation from Forex Equalisation Account.
In the disclosure signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Office of the Account-General of the Federation (OAGF), Mr Bawa Mokwa, it was disclosed that in February, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Companies Income Tax (CIT), Oil and Gas Royalties, Import and Excise Duties all decreased significantly while Value Added Tax (VAT) and Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) decreased marginally.
Explaining how the money was disbursed, FAAC said from the N722.677 billion, the federal government received N269.063 billion, the state governments got N236.464 billion, and the local councils were given N173.936 billion, while N43.214 billion was shared to the oil-producing states as 13 per cent derivation revenue.
Further, from the N366.800 billion distributable statutory revenue, the federal government received N178.683 billion, the state governments received N90.630 billion, and the local government councils received N69.872 billion, with relevant states getting N27.614 billion as 13 per cent derivation revenue.
In addition, from the distributable N224.232 billion from VAT, the federal government received N33.635 billion, the state governments received N112.116 billion, and the local councils received N78.481 billion.
The statement also said N11.645 billion Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) was distributed as follows: the Federal Government received N1.747 billion, the State Governments received N5.822 billion, and the Local Government Councils received N4.076 billion.
From the N120.000 billion Augmentation, the Federal Government received N54.998 billion, the State Governments received N27.896 billion, the Local Government Councils received N21.506 billion, and a total sum of N15.600 billion was shared to the relevant States as 13 per cent of mineral revenue.
In February 2023, the total deductions for the cost of the collection were N27.449 billion, and total deductions for transfers, savings, recoveries and refunds were N109.909 billion, while the balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was $473,754.57, the same amount it had remained since December 2022.
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