- MAN Urges FG to Halt 50% Increase in VAT
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to jettison the idea of increasing the Value Added Tax by 50 per cent.
MAN President, Mansur Ahmed, made this call on Wednesday, during the 35th Annual General Meeting of the Rivers/Bayelsa Branch of the association, held in Port Harcourt.
Ahmed explained that the insistence on upward review of VAT would be counterproductive, especially in the light of the non-implementation of the long-awaited minimum wage.
He also said that MAN had discussed with the Federal Inland Revenue Service with a view to addressing the numerous challenges in the tax system, adding that the result of such engagement was currently being felt in the nation’s business environment.
‘’We have advised the government to jettison the idea of increasing VAT by 50 percent as recommended by the Federal Ministry of Finance. We have clearly stated that such move will be counterproductive especially in the light of the still awaited minimum wage,’’ he stressed.
The MAN president lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for consulting widely before signing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement in Niamey, Niger Republic.
Ahmed assured MAN members that the Federal Government was committed to enhancing the capacity of Nigeria’s manufacturing sector to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in the continental free trade area and to mitigate the numerous risks.
Earlier in his remarks, the MAN Chairman, Rivers/Bayelsa Branch, Senator Adawari Pepple, observed that the manufacturing sector was going through many challenges, including poor electricity supply and double taxation.
Pepple explained that the theme of the AGM; ‘Redeeming our Economic Potential through Manufacturing’, was necessitated by the fact that manufacturing had continued to be the key driver of rapid economic growth and the creation of employment.
He expressed the need for the country to revamp its critical industries, saying, “If we ignore the role of manufacturing in Nigeria as a tool for redeeming our economic potential, such act will be at our own peril.
“However, the role of manufacturing in stimulating employment, directly or indirectly, is complex and requires careful analysis. Manufacturing plays an irreplaceable role in driving growth and economic development.’’
Explaining that the solution to unemployment lies in manufacturing, Pepple urged government at all levels to always reach out to MAN when policies with direct bearing on the manufacturing sector and the economy were being designed.
Investors Oversubscribed for FGN Bonds by N205.87 Billion in October
FG October Bonds Oversubscribed by N205.87 Billion
The Debt Management Office (DMO) has said investors oversubscribed for the Federal Government’s October bonds by N205.87 billion.
The DMO stated this after concluding the monthly FGN bonds auction on Wednesday.
Two instruments of 12.5 per cent FGN March 2035 re-opening 15-year bond and 9.8 per cent FGN July 2045 re-opening 25-year bond were auctioned.
The two bonds of N15bn each with a total auction figure of N30bn received a subscription of N235.87bn.
The 15-year tenor and 25-year tenor bonds received 99 and 67 bids but recorded 21 and 26 successful bids respectively.
The amounts allotted for each of the bids were N20bn and N25bn respectively.
According to the DMO, successful bids for the 15-year tenor bond and 25-year tenor bonds were allotted at the marginal rates of 4.97 per cent and six per cent respectively.
However, it added, the original coupon rates of 12.5 per cent for the 12.5 per cent FGN March 2035 bond and the 9.8 per cent for the 9.8 per cent FGN July 2045 bonds would be maintained.
Lafarge Africa Sustains Growth in Third Quarter, Reports N53.3bn Revenue
Lafarge Africa Grows Revenue by 31.4 Percent to N53.3bn Revenue in Q3 2020
Lafarge Africa Plc, a cement manufacturer headquartered in Lagos, sustained its strong growth in the third quarter (Q3) ended September 30, 2020.
In the company’s financial results released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Friday, the cement manufacturer’s revenue rose by 31.4 percent from N45.172 billion posted in the third quarter of 2019 to N59.337 billion in the third quarter of 2020.
Similarly, operating profit grew by 7.2 percent from N7.746 billion in the corresponding quarter to N8.302 billion in the quarter under review. This strong performance continues across the board as net income expanded by 2.8 percent to N4.867 billion, up from N4.734 billion posted in the third quarter of 2019.
Lafarge earnings per share rose by 2.8 percent to 30 kobo in the third quarter, again up from the 29 kobo posted in the same period of 2019.
On the outlook for the company going forward, the company said:
Market demand is expected to remain strong in Q4.
Naira devaluation and inflation remain a concern in Q4.
The implementation of our “HEALTH, COST & CASH” initiatives would continue to deliver
improvement in our performance.
We will maintain a healthy balance sheet.
Speaking on the company’s performance, Khaled El Dokani, CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc, said “Our robust results for the first 9 months reflect the strong recovery of the demand in Q3 and the successful implementation of our “HEALTH, COST & CASH” initiatives. Both have delivered considerable improvement in recurring EBIT, net income and free cash flow, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Naira devaluation, particularly in Q3.”
Despite COVID-19 Pension Assets Hit N11.4 Trillion
Total Pension Assets Expand to N11.35 Trillion
The National Pension Commission has revealed that the total pension assets rose to N11.35 trillion as of the end of August 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted businesses and economic productivity.
According to the latest figures from the National Pension Commission, the commission assets expanded from N11.08 trillion in June 2020 to N11.3 trillion in July.
The report noted that 66.27 percent or N7.51 trillion of the funds had been invested in the Federal Government’s securities.
While some of the funds were also invested in domestic and foreign ordinary shares, corporate debt securities, local money market securities and mutual funds.
In the commission’s second quarter (Q2 2020) report, it said that following “the issuance of demand notices to some defaulting employers whose outstanding pension contribution liabilities had been established by recovery agents, 16 of the affected employers remitted N261.33 million during the period.
“PenCom said this represents a principal contribution of N152.79 million and penalty of N108.54 million during Q2 2020.”
In the commission’s Q2 2020 report, it said “the pension fund administrators (PFAs) 2,839 contributors under the micro pension plan, remitted a total of N7.4 million to the RSAs as pension contributions.”
Also in the same quarter, it said the PFAs recaptured 56,990 RSA holders and uploaded their data to the enhanced contributory registration system (ECRS).
PenCom further said the growth in the industry’s membership was driven by the RSA scheme, which had an increase of 41,147 contributors, representing 0.46 percent.
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