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FG Recovers N1.44bn From NEPC, RMRDC, NSC

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  • FG Recovers N1.44bn From NEPC, RMRDC, NSC

The Federal Government has so far recovered N1.44bn from three of its agencies alleged not to have remitted their operating surpluses as stipulated by the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007.

The agencies are the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, from which N108m was recovered; the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, N278m; and Nigerian Shippers Council, N1.05bn.

The development was confirmed by a statement issued by the Director Information, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Salisu Dambatta, on Wednesday.

The statement explained that the recovery was made following actions taken by the committee set up by the government with the task of recovering the unremitted N450bn operating surpluses from the revenue generating agencies.

It added that a meeting was scheduled with 33 of the agencies where demand notices were issued to 17 of them on how the unremitted funds would be repaid.

The statement explained that out of the 17 that were supposed to be at the meeting, which held on December 6, only 10 attended owing to the short notice, while others were asked to present their repayment plans at a later date.

Those present at the meeting were the NSC, NEPC, National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Nigerian Communications Commission.

The rest are the Nigerian Postal Service, National Pension Commission, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company, RMRDC and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

The ministry said those agencies that failed to appear would do so at a rescheduled date.

Some of the agencies that will now appear before the committee to present their repayment plans are the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Television Authority and the National Information Technology Development Agency.

The statement read in part, “As the Federal Government intensifies efforts to recover unremitted operating surpluses by agencies and increase independent revenue, an additional sum of N793m has been recovered from three Federal Government agencies by the recovery committee set up two weeks ago by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

“So far, the cumulative total amount recovered is N1.44bn, given the earlier recovery of N650m from the Nigerian Shippers Council, even as several other agencies are in the process of submitting repayment plans for approval.”

Adeosun had while announcing the amount that was not remitted by the agencies lamented that while the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 was designed to provide guidelines and control to elicit greater accountability and transparency in fiscal operations, actual compliance by revenue generating agencies had been poor.

This, according to her, has resulted in revenue leakages as confirmed by the audit findings conducted by the ministry.

The minister gave the infractions committed by these agencies to include non-remittance and under-remittance of operating surpluses due to the Consolidated Revenue Fund; operating without approved budgets; overstating of budgets and spending above budgeted amounts; and under-reporting of revenues.

The audit report, according to the minister, also revealed that payments were made without invoices and payment receipts; while loans and grants were given to parent ministries without prior approval.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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CBN Pays N14.35 Billion for 263,860 Meters to End Estimated Billings

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CBN Pays N14.35 Billion for 263,860 Meters to End Estimated Billings

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said it has disbursed a total sum of N14.35 billion to the Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DisCOs) for the payment of 263,860 meters under the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP).

In November 2020, the Federal Government announced that it would make funds available for 1 million meters in the first phase of President Buhari Mass Metering Initiative at no cost to consumers.

Between November 2020 and January 2021, the Federal Government through the CBN has disbursed N14.35 billion.

However, according to the apex bank DisCOs must pay back the amount disbursed based on the previously agreed amortisation schedule.

The facility disbursed is a loan that must be repaid by the DisCos on the basis of the previously agreed amortisation schedule. The repayment is to be deducted from payments made by consumers into the DisCos accounts with Deposit Money Banks (DMBs),” the CBN stated.

The maximum tenor of the facility is 10 years but not exceeding 2030, while the moratorium on the principal amount is for a period not exceeding 24 months from the date of loan disbursement.

A week ago, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) announced it has commenced the distribution of 104,0000 free meters in Ibadan, Oyo State.

This, the IBEDC said was under the ongoing National Metering Scheme of president Muhammadu Buhari.

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FG Borrows N2.36 Trillion from Capital Market in 2020

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FG Borrows N2.36 Trillion from Capital Market in 2020

Mr. Oscar Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange, said the Federal Government borrowed N2.36 trillion from the nation’s capital market in 2020.

The CEO disclosed this at the 2020 market recap/2021 outlook held on Tuesday.

He said the Federal Government issuances account for 92 percent of the total bond issued in the market in the year.

Onyema further explained that corporate organisations leveraged on low yield environment to expand and embark on debt refinancing, raising a total of N192 billion,

Capital-raising activities in the fixed income market increased significantly in 2020. The NSE’s bond market capitalisation rose by 35.52 per cent from N12.92tn in 2019 to N17.50tn,” he said.

Onyema noted that “The year 2020 was indeed a historic one for global capital markets. Facing buffeting headwinds, world markets saw sharp swings and steep losses, but largely remained resilient and orderly amid rising uncertainty.

“For The Exchange, renewed investor optimism coupled with improved economic conditions and low fixed income yields, propelled a year end bull run. Of 93 global equity indices tracked by Bloomberg, the NSE All Share Index emerged the best-performing index in the world, surpassing the S&P 500 (+16.26 per cent), Dow Jones Industrial Index (+7.25 per cent) and other global and African market indexes, to post a one-year return of +50.03 per cent.

Speaking on product results for the year, the CEO said, “The Nigerian equities market got off to a strong start in 2020, returning 10.4 per cent by the eighth trading session. By October, the equities market entered a much-awaited bull run.

“Buoyed by the formal declaration of the US president-elect, unattractive fixed income yields and better-than-expected corporate earnings, the NSE ASI recovered from Q1’20, to close the year at 40,270.72 (+50.03 per cent) and erase losses of -14.90 per cent recorded in 2019.

“During its remarkable year end run, the ASI gained 6.23 per cent in a single trading session which triggered a 30-minute halt of trading on all stocks for the first time since the NSE Circuit Breaker was introduced in 2016 to safeguard market integrity in periods of extraordinary volatility.

“At the close of the year, the NSE’s equity market capitalisation was up by 62.42 per cent, from N12.97tn in 2019 to N21.06tn in 2020 while market turnover saw an uptick of 7.25 per cent, from N0.96tn in 2019 to N1.03Tn in 2020.

“Although Initial Public Offering activity was mute, the value of supplementary issues increased dramatically from 2019, rising by 851.37 per cent to N1.42tn, from N148.77bn.

“Also noteworthy is that for the second consecutive year, equity market transactions were dominated by domestic investors who accounted for 65.28 per cent of market turnover by value (retail: 44.98 per cent; institutional: 55.02 per cent) while foreign portfolio investors accounted for 34.72 per cent.”

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Airtel to Announce Financial Results for Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 on 29 January 2021

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Airtel to Announce Financial Results for Nine Months Ended December 31, 2020 on 29 January 2021

Airtel Africa, one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa, on Wednesday announced it will report its financial statements for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 on January 29, 2021.

The telecom giant disclosed in a statement signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary.

The statement reads “Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, will announce its results for the nine months to 31 December 2020 on 29 January 2021.

“Management will host a conference call on the day of results for analysts and investors at 2:00pm GMT.

“Participants are requested to pre-register for the call by navigating to:
www.diamondpass.net/4467631

“Once registered, participants will receive a calendar invitation with the dial in details for the call.”

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