By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited has called on stakeholders in the capital market to work together to achieve productive investments driven by a digitized capital market.
The chief executive officer of the NGX, Mr Temi Popoola, speaking at the maiden edition of the capital markets conference in Abuja on Tuesday, disclosed that this will deepen the market and attract more foreign investors.
“As a major propeller of the economy, we are proud to be at the forefront of this milestone which is defining moment for Nigeria’s finance sector and the capital market specifically.
“The long list of key stakeholders from the public and private sector in attendance at today’s conference shows how open the NGX is to leveraging relationships and partnerships to advance its digital transformation agenda,” he stated.
“Taking this forward, the NGX will continue to deepen and increase access to financial services for Nigeria through technology while championing the infrastructural development and the economic growth of the country,” Mr Popoola assured.
At the hybrid event themed The Future Ready Capital Markets; Innovating for Nigeria’s Sustainable Recovery, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo shared insights and broaden the thinking needed for greater capital flows through innovative sources of financing for the capital market.
He lauded the digitisation efforts of NGX and urged the exchange to continue to collaborate with all government agencies and regulators, such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) and National Pension Commission (PenCom) amongst others to ensure that the excessive risk premium of the capital market are abated and foreign investors are strongly reassured of foreign investment mechanisms and other regulations that would help them channel their resources in and take them out with the least possible constraints.
“As a government, we have shown our commitment to the growth of NGX and we want NGX to see itself as a critical player, even in negotiations on Africa-wide initiatives such the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA).
“The macroeconomic environment and the regulatory regime present unprecedented opportunities, as heralded by the inaugural Capital Markets Conference, to bring in more retail investors, deepen the market and positively impact the livelihoods of Nigerians,” Mr Osinbajo said.
Also speaking at the conference, Chairman of NGX, Mr Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud, said the Nigerian capital market has the capacity to drive economic development and wealth creation through innovation and digitalisation.
“As shown by the conclusion of diverse speakers and panellists, an elevated capital market can strongly contribute to the government’s developmental agenda especially around the improvement of the economy,” Mr Mahmoud concluded.
The inaugural NGX capital markets conference is the first in the series of events to catalyse the capital market of the future that sustainably leverages technology to champion the infrastructural development and the economic growth of the country.
The programme brought together leading policymakers, financial experts, business leaders, investors, international development partners and regulators.
A few of those who graced the occasion were Chairman of BUA Group, Mr Abdul Samad Rabiu; Senate President, Mr Ahmad Lawan, represented by Mr Ibikunle Amosun, Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman of House Committee on Capital Markets, Mr Babangida Ibrahim; Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman Nigeria’s Governors Forum, Mr Kayode Fayemi; Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki; Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Nasir El-Rufai; amongst others.
Achieve Greater Control of Your Assets with a Living Trust
Estate Planning is more about gaining control of your assets while you are alive than about one’s passing. A Living Trust (an Estate Planning tool) is one way by which individuals maintain control over their assets whilst alive and also have their wishes carried out when they pass on. It is called a Living Trust because it takes effect during the lifetime of the individual who set it up.
Indeed, the power of a Trust is in the control. A Trust left for a beneficiary will be held and managed by a Trust organisation and the assets could then be distributed to the beneficiary in a predetermined way.
The design of the Trust will ensure that other interested parties are unable to change the instruction of the creator of the Trust. With this arrangement, you are able to achieve greater control over what happens to your assets, providing greater security for the beneficiaries of the Trust.
A Trust also allows you to control how the assets in the Trust are managed, ensuring that only those that you specify can stake a claim to them.
A Living Trust can be revocable or irrevocable. A Revocable Trust can be revoked or amended, but an Irrevocable Trust cannot be changed once it is executed. The assets placed into a properly drafted Irrevocable Trust are permanently removed from the Estate of the individual. They are therefore not considered part of the Estate and will not be subject to estate taxes in the event of the creator’s demise.
In addition to estate tax savings, a Living Trust can offer you tremendous flexibility and efficiency. It can hold the money for your minor children until they are responsible enough to manage the money themselves. If you cannot trust your children or any other beneficiary with the responsibility of managing your assets after your demise, the Trust can address this concern. The trustee can do so by holding the assets in trust for the Settlor’s lifetime and only distribute it to the beneficiary as stated in the Trust.
Placing your assets in the Trust during your lifetime instead of a Will also helps you avoid probate. A Will that is probated as well as other information relating to the assets listed in the Will becomes a public record when you pass on. In contrast, a Living Trust is a private document and the assets listed in it will not be exposed to the general public.
The added benefit of a Living Trust is its usefulness during your lifetime in the event that you become incapacitated. You can arrange for a Trustee to manage the Trust assets on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
Does a Living Trust sound like a good fit for you to gain control of your assets while preparing to gift these assets to a beneficiary? If so, consider reaching out to FBNQuest Trustees. We can help you create a Living Trust agreement that outlines how the Trust assets are to be managed and distributed.
Our team will also walk you through the process of transferring assets to the Trust. The process may take less time than you think.
C&I Leasing Drops Centurion Registrars Limited
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Centurion Registrars Limited has been dropped as the registrar of C&I Leasing Plc, a statement from the company has confirmed.
Centurion Registrars was replaced by C&I Leasing with Cordros Registrars Limited, a notice signed by the company secretary, Mbanugo Udenze & Co, stated.
It was disclosed that the appointment of the new registrar became effective from January 1, 2022.
“C&I Leasing Plc hereby notifies Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), its shareholders and the investing public of the appointment of Cordros Registrars Limited as its Registrars, share registration and data management service provider.
“Cordros Registrars Limited replaces Centurion Registrars Limited and takes over the register of members of C & I Leasing Plc effective January 1, 2022,” the disclosure stated.
C&I Leasing is one of the companies trading its shares on the Nigerian stock exchange. It provides both operating and finance leases and other services.
Its principal activities include the extension of structured operating and finance leases to the productive and other sectors of the economy.
The company was established in 1990 as a private organisation but was converted into a public company listed at the Nigerian stock exchange in 1997.
The Ghanaian subsidiary of the group; Leasafric Ghana Plc is the largest provider of fleet management services in Ghana.
The fleet management, which is managed along with the Hertz car rental franchise in Nigeria, is adequately supported by C&I leasing’s own service centre and their Citracks Telematics solutions making the fleet management business a one-stop brand for fleet management services.
Over the weekend, in a chat with newsmen, its chief executive, Mr Ugoji Ugoji, said the firm was planning to explore opportunities in the digital space to grow its revenue on a sustainable basis despite the pandemic.
He also stated that C&I Leasing will retool its fleet business and focus on vehicle fleets due to increased opportunity in the space.
Nigeria’s December 2021 Inflation Jumps to 15.63%
By Dipo Olowookere
For the first time in nine months, the inflation rate in Nigeria increased to 15.63 per cent year-on-year in December 2021, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday stated.
In the previous eight months, the inflation rate in Nigeria had slowed, declining to 15.40 per cent in November 2021, according to the stats office.
In the report released today, the NBS said when compared with the corresponding period of 2020, inflation, which is a measure of the consumer price index (CPI), moderated by 0.13 per cent as it stood at 15.75 per cent a year ago.
The stats office further disclosed that increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yielded the headline index and on a month-on-month basis, it rose by 1.82 per cent last month, 0.74 per cent higher than the 1.08 per cent recorded in November 2021.
In addition, the percentage change in the average composite CPI for the 12-month period ending December 2021 increased by 16.95 per cent from 16.98 per cent over the average of the CPI for the previous 12-month period recorded in November 2021 down by 0.03 per cent points.
As for urban inflation, it increased by 16.17 per cent (year-on-year) in December 2021 from 16.33 per cent in December 2020, while rural inflation jumped by 15.11 per cent in December 2021 from 15.20 per cent in December 2020.
On a month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 1.87 per cent in December 2021, up by 0.75 the rate recorded in November 2021, which stood at 1.12 per cent, while the rural index also rose by 1.77 per cent in December 2021, up by 0.73 the rate that was recorded in November 2021, which was 1.04 per cent.
Business Post reports that in the period under review, the composite food sub-index rose by 17.37 per cent compared with 19.56 per cent a year ago, indicating a decline by 2.19 per cent.
The NBS attributed this to moderation in the prices of bread and cereals, food product, meat, fish, potatoes, yam and other tuber, soft drinks and fruit.
On a month-on-month basis, the food sub-index increased by 2.19 per cent in December 2021, up by 1.12
Per cent from 1.07 per cent recorded in November 2021.
It said the average annual rate of change of the food sub-index for the 12-month period ending December 2021 over the previous twelve-month average was 20.40 per cent, 0.22 per cent lower than the average annual rate of change recorded in November 2021, which stood at 20.62 per cent.
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