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Tax Payment Not Mere Civic Obligation—LIRS Chairman

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Executive Chairman of the Lagos Inland Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr Ayodele Subair, has called for an increase in voluntary tax compliance, stressing that tax payment is not a mere civic obligation but a mandatory one.

Mr Subair made this submission at the 149th Joint Tax Board (JTB) meeting held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

However, he pointed out that the tax models applied in major countries of the world with a high level of compliance have been difficult to replicate in Nigeria because all the phenomena that make it a success are not available in Nigeria.

According to him, the models include the existence of high levels of literacy of taxpayers and efficient data processing systems which would aid detection of fraud and high levels of trust between government and the people.

“However, an effort is being made by all tax authorities to improve on the ease of doing business and simplification of tax administrative processes which will in turn significantly advance the tax compliance levels within the country.

“In order for the government to provide the necessary infrastructures to aid growth and development, there has to be co-operation by all stakeholders which would in turn occasion a shift in the way and manner by which tax is administered and ultimately sustain or increase tax revenue for the state.

“Therefore, taxpayers must avail themselves of the quid-pro-quo of taxation. They must remember that paying tax is not a mere civic obligation as some misinformed commentators would have it but a mandatory legal one.

“As administrators, we must ensure that our mandate is carried out effectively and efficiently without fear or favour. We must ensure that all assessments are justifiable and guarantee that due process is followed in our statutory functions.

“The judiciary must ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. All parties involved in the revenue adjudicatory process, seeking justice must get justice.

“Cases before the courts and tribunals must be dispensed with timeously so that the much-needed revenue that accrues to the states are recovered. Statutory provisions must be interpreted appropriately without misinterpretations and favour to any party.

“Revenue laws, particularly income tax laws, must be straightforward and easy to understand and be complied with. Penalty for non-compliance on the other hand must be steep and commensurate with the offence in such a way that it deters non-compliance,” the LIRS chief said.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Rabiu Olowo, agreed with Mr Subair on the tax compliance issue in Nigeria.

He said between 1999 and 2021, the state has improved its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by 7,400 per cent to over N45 billion monthly.

Mr Sanwo-Olu noted that Lagos remains the largest contributor to national non-oil revenues, by way of corporate income taxes, VAT, customs duties, and port charges, among others.

However, he lamented that “in the subsequent re-distribution of resources, we do not see any reflection of the contribution of Lagos State. Our share in this redistribution fails to take into account the demographic and infrastructural burdens and pressures that accompany being the economic nerve-centre of the nation.”

“This state of affairs is what compelled the state, under the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to commence a transformational reform of its internal revenue process, within the ambit of the law.

“The result is that since 1999 the LIRS has undergone the most extensive tax administration reforms of any sub-national government in Nigeria.

“I am pleased to let you know that Lagos State has grown its IGR from N600 million monthly in 1999 to over N45 billion monthly as of today, an astounding increase of 7,400 per cent. It all began with ensuring the foundational autonomy of the LIRS, which the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law, 34 2006 helped achieve.”

Also speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Chairman of JTB, Mr Muhamad Mamman Nami, who was represented by the Coordinating Director of JTB, Mr Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, stated that the fact that Nigeria still struggles with low tax to GDP ratio shows that revenue generation system needs a total overhaul.

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Unlisted Securities Investors Gain N10bn in One Week 

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The 25th week of trading at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange ended on a positive note last Friday.

In the five-day trading week, investors saw an expansion in their investment portfolios by 0.5 per cent or N10 billion as the market capitalisation closed at N1.011 trillion compared with the preceding week’s N1.010 trillion as the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) increased by 3.86 points to 768.27 points from 764.41 points.

Business Post reports that three stocks on the bourse contributed to the gains reported by unlisted securities investors last week as they overpowered the losses printed by two equities.

Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc appreciated in the week by 10 per cent to close at N198.00 per share in contrast to the preceding week’s N180 per share, Citi Trust Plc grew by 9.6 per cent to N6.85 per unit from N6.25 per unit, while Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc appreciated by 2.5 per cent to N14.80 per share from N14.44 per share.

Conversely, NASD Plc lost 8.7 per cent to settle at N13.68 per unit compared with the previous N15.00 per unit, while Nipco Plc depreciated by 5.2 per cent to N58.85 per share from N62.10 per share.

There was a 352.8 per cent increase in the total value of transactions in the week to N324.4 million from N69.9 million, while the volume of trades went down by 57.0 per cent to 6.0 million units from 2.6 million units just as the number of deals decreased by 8.1 per cent to 57 trades from 62 trades of the previous week.

At the close of the week, VFD Group Plc was the most traded security by volume with 1.2 million units, CSCS Plc traded 703,377 units, NASD Plc exchanged 350,935 units, CitiTrust Holdings Plc traded 214,800 units, while NDEP Plc sold 65,300 units.

In terms of the value of trades in the week, VFD Group Plc also topped with N293.5 million, NDEP Plc recorded N12.5 million, CSCS Plc traded N10.4 million, NASD Plc posted N5.3 million, while CSCS Plc had N1.5 million.

On a year-to-date basis, investors have transacted 3.2 billion units worth N21.3 billion in 1,428 deals, with the year-to-date gain at 3.4 per cent.

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Trading in Greif Nigeria Shares Halted for Smooth Winding up Process

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By Dipo Olowookere

Holders of Greif Nigeria Plc shares have been prevented from trading the security on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited for now.

The embargo on the trading of the company’s stocks was placed on Monday, June 20, 2022, to ensure the process of winding up the organisation goes seamlessly.

Greif Nigeria, formerly known as Van Leer Containers Nigeria Plc, is in the business of making steel drums in the country. It also manufactures plastic containers and sheet metal products.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Greif International Holding BV, also offers services for steel punching and aluminium welding.

But lately, things have not been going on smoothly and it is in the process of winding up.

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on January 31, 2022, the shareholders of the firm authorised the board to begin the voluntary winding up of the company.

In accordance with Section 622 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 which states that a voluntary winding-up shall be deemed to commence at the time of the passing of the resolution for voluntary winding-up, the NGX Regulation (NGX RegCo) Limited, has notified “all trading license holders and the investing public that it has suspended trading in the shares of Greif Nigeria Plc effective on Monday, June 20, 2022, to ensure a smooth winding-up process.”

In a notice filed last week, the agency explained that this action was also in line with Section 624 of CAMA 2020 which provides that a transfer of shares, not being a transfer made to or with the sanction of the liquidator, and any alteration in the status of the members of the company, made after the commencement of a voluntary winding-up, shall be void.

Business Post reports that Greif Nigeria, which uses the ticker Vanleer on the NGX trading platform, has shares outstanding of 42.640 million units and a market capitalisation of N232.4 million as it last traded at N5.45 per unit.

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Stock Prices of CWG, 55 Others Shed Weight in One Week

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By Dipo Olowookere

Transactions on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited last week closed bearish with a week-on-week decline of 0.14 per cent, with the All-Share Index (ASI) and the market capitalisation closing at 51,705.61 points and N27.875 trillion respectively.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower with the exception of the CG, premium, banking, pension, NGX Afr bank value, energy and lotus indices, which appreciated by 0.86 per cent, 1.50 per cent, 0.33 per cent, 0.40 per cent, 0.16 per cent, 0.32 per cent and 0.55 per cent respectively, while the Asem and growth indices closed flat.

In the week, 16 equities gained points compared with the 13 equities of the previous week, while 56 stocks shed weight in contrast to the 51 stocks of the preceding week, with 84 shares closing flat as against the 92 shares of the earlier week.

Data from the exchange showed that CWG was the worst-performing stock as it fell by 14.89 per cent to 80 kobo, RT Briscoe dropped 14.29 per cent to 48 kobo, GlaxoSmithKline depreciated by 13.28 per cent to N6.10, John Holt lost 11.27 per cent to 63 kobo, while Academy Press went down by 10.00 per cent to N1.17.

On the flip side, NAHCO finished the five-day trading week as the best-performing stock as it gained 10.53 per cent to settle at N8.40, Champion Breweries appreciated by 10.00 per cent to N3.74, MRS Oil Nigeria rose by 9.80 per cent to N16.25, FBN Holdings improved by 8.76 per cent to N10.55, while Royal Exchange climbed higher by 6.59 per cent to 97 kobo.

Last week, investors bought and sold 1.121 billion shares worth N13.703 billion in 22,350 deals versus the 940.892 million shares valued at N11.494 billion transacted a week earlier in 20,077 deals.

FCMB, UBA and Oando accounted for 407.770 million shares worth N2.009 billion in 2,181 deals, contributing 36.39 per cent and 14.66 per cent to the total trading volume and value respectively.

A further breakdown showed that financial stocks led the activity chart with the sale of 806.824 million equities worth N6.075 billion in 11,071 deals, accounting for 71.99 per cent and 44.33 per cent of the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

Energy shares recorded a turnover of 95.031 million units valued at N1.449 billion in 1,849 deals, while conglomerates goods equities traded 66.716 million units valued at N169.517 million in 733 deals.

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