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Seven States, Fidelity, Others Raise N141bn Bond

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Seven states of the federation including Plateau and Oyo raised a total of N60.95bn through the bond market in 2015, the Debt Management Office said on Tuesday.

It also disclosed in a report of its activities in 2015 that corporate organisations including Fidelity Bank and FCMB Financing SPV Plc raised N81.55bn through the market within the year.

Statistics showed that Plateau State raised a total of N28.2bn from the market while Oyo State raised a total of N4.8bn from the market.

Other states that patronised the bond market in 2015 included Gombe, N5bn; Kogi, N3bn; Benue, N4.95bn; Zamfara, N7bn; and Cross River, N8bn.

The report said, “The number of states that accessed the domestic bonds market in 2015 was relatively high compared to 2014. Seven states raised funds from the capital market in 2015, with a total face value of N60.95bn, which represented a huge increase from the N15bin recorded in 2014.

“Plateau State alone accounted for 46.27 per cent of the total bonds issued by the seven states in 2015.”

Five corporate organisations, on the other hand, raised a total of N81.55bn from the bond market in the same year, the report said.

The corporate organisations are Fidelity Bank Plc, N30bn; Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company, N8bn; Transcorp Hotels Plc, N19.76bn; FCMB Financing SPV Plc, N23.19bn; and C&I Leasing Plc, N600m.

The report said, “The corporate bonds segment of the domestic bonds market was relatively active in 2015, compared to 2014 in terms of new issuances.

“The total face value of issuances by five corporates stood at N81.55bn, compared to the total face value of N48.04bn issued by four corporates in 2014.

“The debt issue by Fidelity Bank Plc accounted for 36.79 per cent of the total corporate bonds issuances in 2015.”

The report also indicated that the level of trading activities in the FGN Bonds market increased in 2015, compared to 2014, adding that the total face value increased from N7.39tn in 2014 to N9.49tn in 2015, an increase of 28.48 per cent.

It said, “The consideration also increased from N8.07tn to N9.58tn or by 18.75 per cent. Number of deals grew from 45,890 to 46,864 in the same period.

“In 2015, trading activities were boosted as most of the challenges that had arisen from adopting the CBN’s Scripless Securities Settlement System as the new settlement vehicle for the FGN Bonds were addressed and most dealers had become conversant with the system.”

The report added that the use of the FMDQ OTC E-Bond Platform, which became fully operational in March 2014 enabled dealers to trade in a more professional manner, with enhanced price discovery and transparency in the FGN Bond market.

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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#EndSARS: National Broadcasting Commission Fines Arise TV, AIT, Channels TV N9 Million

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National Broadcasting Commission Goes After Arise TV, AIT, Channels TV for Using Unverified Online Footages

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday fined Arise Tv, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television about N3 million each for violating the commission broadcasting codes during the #EndSARS protest that rocked the nation in this past week.

The commission accused the television stations of using unverified online video footages on their respective platforms.

The Acting Director-General of the commission, Mr Armstrong Idachaba, said the fines were the initial warning before a heavier santion will be imposed on the stations for gross defiance of the commission broadcasting codes.

The three stations were fined for their alleged roles in escalating the violence that rocked the nation last week by airing various unverified online images of shootings of peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate by securitity operatives in army uniforms.

Idachaba alleged that “Channels Television, Arise TV and AIT especially continued to transmit footages obtained from unverified and unauthenticated social media sources, adding that the pictures stimulated anger and heightened the violence that was witnessed during the crisis.

He stated: “We believe the whole country has now seen why the spurious and recklessness on the social media must not be patronised by the mainstream traditional media. We are at the stage of our nation’s history when our broadcasters have a crucial responsibility for responsive and professional broadcasting. By picking unverified, unsubstantiated social media sources and repeating the narratives, our broadcasters have shown crass lack of professionalism and a disposition to be escalators of conflict and, more seriously, a threat to Nigeria. Look at the level of damage, killings that have happened on account of unverifiable reports”.

He described the situation as disagrceful were traditional broadcast stations turned themeselves to social media pundits, using a video footage from a DJ as news source.

Where is the authenticity, where is the credibility,” he queried.

He, therefore, said “It is beginning to look as if it is a deliberate ploy, so the option available is to shut down the industry but that is not the position of the government. Left for me, I would have considered some of that portion We decided to categorise the offence as Category B offence but it is easily escalated to A and A will be a shutdown. But we still pin it down to B, which is a heavy fine between N500,000 to N5 million and none of them will pay less than N2 million but any further breach will lead to the withdrawal of the licence,” he warned.

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Npower News: Npower Stipend News, Npower News on Permanency

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Npower News on Permanency and Payment of Allowances

The N-power Youths Congress has made passionate plead to President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill the campaign promise he made to the 500,000 Npower Batches A and B beneficiaries.

The group led by its national coordinator, Comrade Joseph Enam Magar, to the NUJ Press Center Maiduguri demanded the payment of all outstanding allowances of N30,000 for exited Batch A and Batch B from June 2016 and July 2019, respectively.

Maga said “We are hereby once again reminding the government of their promises to us and that we will never relent until federal government fulfils it’s promises. The State Representatives of Npower Beneficiaries have earlier stated our demands on the previous Press Conference and here we are reinstating the demands again.

“The Batches A and B of N-power Beneficiaries who according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management were disengaged since the month of June and July respectively are not happy for being sent back to the streets.

“We were struggling in different spheres of life to make a living. We were meant to quit the things we were doing before to embrace Npower with the promise of being absolved into the Federal Government scheme at the end of the day.

“We were made to serve our fatherland with a token of 30,000. Most of us have families with children, paying of school fees, electricity bills, pipe borne water, transportation, feeding and other miscellaneous expenses on the grace of 30,000.

“How much is a bag of rice, ground nut oil, etc if I may ask? Some of us have siblings and sick parents whose hopes are attached to the same 30,000.

“To worsen it all, the same 30,000 will not be paid as at when due. Funny enough, our government under the control of Sadiya Farouk, the Ministers of Humanitarian affairs and disaster management want us to save from the 30,000.

“This is an amount that is not up to one quarter percent of what they give to their children for shopping; an amount that does not reach what their children put on as cloths and jewelries on daily basis.”

Speaking further he said,” in addition, we can recall that before the 2019 Presidential Election, we were made to understand by Mr. Afolabi that our voter’s cards determine our permanency. “

“We mobilized ourselves, came out in mass to support this government. We spent our money going to Abuja for the campaign so as to ensure that President Muhammad Buhari regains his office as the president of Nigeria. Npower beneficiaries in various states and Local Governments were equally forced by their focal persons to come out in mass during APC campaign.

“So many states even took attendance and beneficiaries that didn’t show up were penalized. All these were geared towards ensuring that Mr. President, President Muhammadu Buhari excel as the president so that the promises of absorption that was made through Mr. Afolabi will be fulfilled.

“But at the end, our hopes were truncated as we have been pushed back to the streets without absorption or an exit package.”

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MTN Nigeria Picks Karl Toriola as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Designate

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MTN Nigeria, Africa’s leading telecommunications company, has appointed Mr. Karl Toriola as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) designate.

In a statement released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s website, the company said the appointment is effective from the 1st of March 2021 to give enough time for an orderly handover.

According to the company, Mr. Toriola is presently the Vice President of West and Central Africa (WECA), excluding Nigeria and Ghana, since 2016.

The statement reads “During his tenure, the WECA markets have made significant commercial and strategic strides. These include the improvement of market shares within the region and the development of mobile financial services.

“Since joining the Group in 2006, Mr. Toriola has also held a number of senior operational roles including Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria, CEO of MTN Cameroon and MTN Group Operations Executive. Mr. Toriola has at various times in his career in MTN Group, had oversight responsibility of 16 of the Group subsidiaries and serves on various MTN boards, including MTN Nigeria.

“Mr. Toriola obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Ife, a Master of Science degree in Communication Systems from the University of Wales, and attended the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. In addition, he has attended several executive development courses at various institutions including Wharton Business School, Institute of Management Development and London Business School.”

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