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Prices of Onions Decrease at Lagos Markets

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By Ahmed Rahma

The prices of onions, which drastically increased after the lockdown a few months ago, have dropped in major markets in Lagos State and others.

Based on the information gathered by Business Post from sellers of the new gold at the Igando market on Tuesday, the price has dropped by 60 per cent to 50 per cent at the Mile 12 Market in Lagos. It was gathered that a bag of onions, which used to sell for N70,000, now goes for N35,000.

Another trader at the same market informed us that when the commodity became very scarce a few months ago, the bag went for N68,000 but the same bad of onions now goes for N40,000.

However, the onion seller, who identified himself as Adamu, disclosed that some retail sellers still sell the commodity at a high price so as to recover the loss they incurred when it was scarce.

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“Although the price has dropped, I’m still selling at the normal price because I need to recover the loss of selling when the price increased.

“The onions I was selling for four pieces at N200 are still being sold at the same price; it is just a little bigger,” he told Business Post.

Another seller of onions at the Olugbede Model Market in Egbeda, Lagos identified as Abubakar Sanusi, explained to us that the prices of onions and other food items from the northern part of the country reduced because of the ease in the restriction of movement by the federal government.

However, he warned that prices may skyrocket again if the government impose another lockdown or fails to address the insecurity in the north.

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“Government should protect farmers because Boko Haram and bandits are disturbing the farmers a lot. Also, they should not do another lockdown because things will be worse,” Mr Sanusi said.

Recall that last week, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) conducted a market survey in Enugu and it was observed that a bag of onions now sells for between N58,000 and N65, 000 as against N70,000 and N80,500 some months back.

A seller of the commodity, at the New Akwata in Garki Market, Mr Joe Ilora, had informed the news firm that the reduction in prices was due to an increased number of stored onions brought from the northern part of the country.

“Due to the increased number of onions brought in from the north, the scarcity of onions is now a thing of the past.

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“Places like Sokoto, Kano and Jos, where we buy them from are now experiencing surplus,’’ Mr Ilora said.

Another onions trader, Mrs Clara Eze, at Garki market, said that the price of onions would further drop as its season of abundance was gradually getting closer.

Mr Dan Ugwu, who also sells onions, also blamed the high costs of months back to increased logistics charges like land charges, transportation and money paid to truck pushers.

He urged the government to build storage facilities for traders to preserve perishable items such as onions so that it would be available all year.

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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SEC Introduces Regulatory Incubation Program for Fintechs

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A regulatory incubation (RI) program for financial technology (fintech) companies operating or seeking to operate in Nigeria has been introduced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A circular issued by SEC disclosed that this framework would be officially launched in the third quarter of 2021 and will operate by admitting identified Fintech business models and processes in cohorts for a one-year period.

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Participation in the RI program will encompass an Initial Assessment Phase and the Regulatory Incubation Phase.

The categories to be admitted into each cohort will be determined based on submissions received through the Fintech Assessment Form and communicated ahead of each take-off date.

SEC explained that the scheme was designed to address the needs of new business models and processes that require regulatory authorisation to continue carrying out full or ancillary technology-driven capital market activities.

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The RI Program has thus been conceived as an interim measure to aid the evolution of effective regulation which accommodates the innovation by fintechs without compromising market integrity and within limits that ensure investor protection.

It was disclosed that review of completed Fintech Assessment Forms will continue on an ongoing basis and those who consider that there is no specific regulation governing their business models or who require clarity on the appropriate regulatory regime for seeking the authorisation of the commission, are encouraged to complete the Fintech Assessment Form.

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NGX Suspends Trading on GTBank Shares Ahead of Delisting

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By Dipo Olowookere

In preparation for the eventual delisting of shares of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc from its trading platform, the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Friday, June 18, 2021, placed the banking stock on a full suspension.

GTBank, a tier-one lender trading its equities on the exchange, intends to transform into a financial holding company (Holdco) so as to offer a wide range of services it is restricted to do.

Some years ago, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directed banks in the country to offload their subsidiaries not performing core lending services.

This was after many deposit money banks (DMBs) were delving into different business ventures, including insurance, stockbroking, asset management, amongst others.

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For the CBN, which regulates the banking industry in Nigeria, most of these banks were losing focus and were not supporting businesses that need funds to grow and then stimulate the economy in the process.

To address this issue, the apex bank asked banks to sell off their non-banking assets and this forced many of them to offload their companies not offering core banking services.

However, there was an opening for banks to still delve into other sectors within the financial and capital markets and this was by operating as a Holdco.

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A few of them towed this path, including FBN Holdings, Stanbic IBTC Holdings and FCMB Group.

Not wanting to be left out, GTBank is joining the party and to achieve this, it is delisting its banking arm, which is the popular GTBank from the stock exchange.

GTBank will now operate as a private company, while the new Holdco, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, will now be a public company. The shares of this new firm will be listed on the NGX after the delisting of GTBank.

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Last Friday, the stock exchange informed the investing community of the latest development, announcing the suspension of trading on GTBank shares.

In the circular sighted by Business Post, the NGX explained that the rationale behind placing GTBank stocks on full suspension is to “prevent trading in the shares of the bank” in preparation of its “eventual delisting”

Before trading on its stocks was suspended on Friday, GTBank closed at N28.55 on Thursday after appreciating by 50 kobo or 1.78 per cent.

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DLM Capital Remains Best Structured Finance & Securitization Team in West Africa

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A prominent developmental investment bank, DLM Capital Group, has emerged winner at the Capital Finance International (CFI) 2021 awards as the best-structured finance and securitization team in West Africa.

This award has been won consecutively in three years and affirms the group’s strong performance as a leading investment institution and asset manager.

CFI awards seek to identify the contributions of individuals and organizations that contribute significantly to the advancement of economies and truly add value for all stakeholders.

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DLM Capital Group creates bespoke business solutions for alternative financing and harnessing funds for growth.

The group focuses on four key sectors — consumer credit, agriculture, microfinance, and education with a mandate to reduce poverty and improve living conditions for Africans while mobilizing resources for the continent’s economic and social development.

“In the past three years, our portfolio management team’s performance has remained consistent, and our clients have benefited immensely from exposure to our solutions, including the NMRC securitization deal and the DLM Primero BRT Securitization,” said Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing, DLM Capital Group, Ms Chinwendu Ohakpougwu.

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“We are positioned to provide services to an expansive client base of retail, high net-worth and institutional customers.

“DLM Capital Group remains committed to constantly providing financial solutions that will enable our clients to make a difference, and we are honoured to be recognized once again as a reflection of the quality of support offered to our clients,” she added.

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DLM has won recognition in West African capital markets, acting as a sole arranger to over 80 per cent of structured finance transactions in Nigeria — and all the securitization transactions. It provides deal structuring, advisory execution and capital raising services across the Nigerian capital market.

The institution recently launched an asset financing scheme and is preparing a venture into digital banking under its subsidiary, Sofri.

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