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Stocks: Investors Gain N798bn in One Week

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  • Stocks: Investors Gain N798bn in One Week

Investors in the Nigerian stock market recorded N798bn appreciation on their holdings between Friday May 26 and June 2, the last day of trading last week.

The stock exchange’s market capitalisation rose to N10.845tn from N10.047tn in one week.

The All-Share Index, thus, closed at 31,371.63 basis points from 29,064.52 basis points.

Last week was a four-day trading week as the Federal Government declared May 29, 2017 as public holiday to mark the 2017 Democracy Day.

Meanwhile, a total turnover of 2.319 billion shares worth N23.813bn in 22,310 deals were traded last week by investors on the floor of the Exchange in contrast to a total of 1.877 billion shares valued at N20.055bn that exchanged hands the previous week in 19,979 deals.

The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.950 billion shares valued at N15.479bn traded in 14,381 deals; thus, contributing 84.12 per cent and 65 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 156.358 million shares worth N2.875bn in 2,804 deals.

The third place was occupied by conglomerates industry with a turnover of 70.452 million shares worth N168.377m in 739 deals.

Trading in the top three equities namely – Diamond Bank Plc, FBN Holding Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc (measured by volume), accounted for 978.710 million shares worth N4.137bn in 5,028 deals, contributing 42.21 per cent and 17.37 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value, respectively.

The Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers last week said the confidence of investors in the country’s capital market was gradually returning as could be seen by the positive numbers in recent weeks.

The institute thus urged the government, the Central Bank of Nigeria and other regulators to remain consistent in their resolve to tackle the issues that had held down the economy and the capital market in particular in recent years.

A fellow of the institute, Mr. Umaru Kwairanga, said such positive move would boost investors’ confidence and guarantee market stability.

He said, “The capital market has been on a rebound in 2017, especially, from the end of the first quarter till now. Recent initiatives taken by the CBN to solve the problem of chronic scarcity of forex have boosted the economy and the capital market in particular.

“The All-Share Index has swung into positive territory after months of persistent declines and trading volumes have increased dramatically in the last couple of months. The Nigerian capital market has done quite well in the last couple of months.”

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Banking Sector

CBN Extends Letter of Credit Issuance Timeline Amid Forex Crisis

Move Aims to Address FX Scarcity Challenges and Enhance Customer Service

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced an extension of the timeline for issuing letters of credit from 24 hours to five working days, according to the newly approved 2023 service charter.

This adjustment comes as the country grapples with foreign exchange scarcity, impacting local and international trade.

The 2020 service charter initially stipulated a 24-hour timeline for the issuance and management of letters of credit, but the updated charter now reflects a timeline extension to five working days.

Also, the CBN has prolonged the timeline for the registration of Form M and NXP from 24 hours to two working days.

The move follows the CBN’s unification of all forex market segments in June 2023, aimed at promoting liquidity and stability.

However, this measure appears to have led to increased market instability, with the naira losing nearly a fifth of its value.

Reports indicate that foreign suppliers are now rejecting letters of credit from Nigerian businesses, affecting the importation of goods and services.

Letters of credit are crucial for the payment of visible goods imports, wherein a bank commits in writing to pay the exporter a specified sum within a defined timeframe upon receipt of proper documentation from the customer.

The extended timelines for letters of credit, Forms M, and NXP in the service charter are seen as measures to manage cash flow and instill confidence in the process amidst the ongoing forex crisis.

CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso stressed the commitment to responsive and citizen-friendly governance through efficient, responsible, and transparent service delivery in the revised service charter.

The move is part of the CBN’s effort to comply with the Business Facilitation Act 2022 and enhance ease of doing business in Nigeria.

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Unity Bank MD Advocates Policy Actions to Stem Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

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The Managing Director of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun has called for comprehensive policy actions that will dismantle the structures that enable gender-based violence in Nigeria.

At the Ebony Life Cinema, the venue of the film screening in Lagos, Unity Bank supported the BECKMA movie premiere by ARDA Development Commuications Inc. which was held to highlight issues of Gender-Based violence and driving positive change in society.

Making the call, Somefun stated that the Bank committed to partnering with the movie premiere and putting the power of the brand behind BECKMA as the event brings sustainability and gender equality to the front burner.

Represented by Unity Bank’s Group Head of Compliance, Mrs. Patricia Ahunanya, Somefun noted that “9 percent of women aged 15 to 49 had suffered sexual assault at least once in their lifetime and 31% had experienced physical violence,” citing a recent study by UNDP in Nigeria.

Speaking further, Somefun said “Gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue, but a societal ill that demands our collective attention. It is high time for us to step forward and advocate for comprehensive policy actions that will dismantle the structures allowing such atrocities to persist”.

She added, “I urge policymakers to enact stringent laws against gender-based violence, ensuring swift and severe consequences for perpetrators. Our homes and various organisations must also be a catalyst for change, inspiring others to follow suit.”

While commending the ARDA Development Communications Inc. for their initiatives to promote gender equality and empowerment in line with SDG5, Somefun assured of the Bank’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and further collaborative initiatives and advocacy programmes for the elimination of gender-based violence.

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Nigeria’s NIBSS Directs Banks to Disconnect Non-Deposit Financial Institutions from NIP System

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Banks in Nigeria have received a directive from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) to disconnect Switches, Payment Solution Service Providers (PSSPs), and Super Agents from the NIBSS Instant Payment Outwards System.

The circular, dated December 5, 2023, highlighted that including these non-deposit-taking financial institutions as beneficiaries on the NIP funds transfer channels violates the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guideline on electronic payments.

The NIBSS emphasized that while Switches, PSSPs, and Super Agents might process outward transfers as inflows to banks, their licenses do not permit them to hold customers’ funds.

The circular referred to the CBN’s guidelines on electronic payment of salaries, pensions, suppliers, and taxes, dated February 2014, as the basis for this regulatory stance.

The directive also pointed to a circular dated May 11, 2018, titled “Permissible Services and Products of PSSP Operation in Nigeria,” reinforcing the need for compliance.

As a result, banks were urged to delist all Switches, PSSPs, and Super Agents from the NIP Outward Transfer channels while allowing their participation in inward transfers.

In Nigeria’s payment ecosystem, operators are required to obtain licenses such as Switching and Processing, Mobile Money Operations, Payment Solution Services, or Regulatory Sandbox from the CBN.

Only Mobile Money Operators (MMOs) have the authority to hold customer funds, according to the CBN’s regulatory framework.

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