The Managing Director of Bet9ja, Ayo Ojuroye, has argued that lottery business can boost Nigeria’s revenue.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Ojuroye stated that the Nigerian State is already benefiting from lottery companies through the taxes and other levies paid to the government.
To exemplify, he explained that Bet9ja pays all its taxes and levies because of its organisational belief in prompt compliance with every federal and state laws, as well as its adherence to international best practices when it comes to best corporate governance practice.
Ojuroye maintained that for any country to grow, it must be able to generate income internally. This is important because it enables the government to meet its civic obligation of providing infrastructure such as roads, electricity, and water, among others, as well as meeting recurrent expenditure.
Apparently, not only does the lottery business contribute to the Government’s revenue generation objective, it also “invariably contributes to curbing unemployment as opportunities exist in gaming such as oddsmakers, analysts, security, and cashiers, among others,” Ojuroye added.
Government’s Taxation of Lottery Business: Recently, the Federal Inland Revenue Service disclosed plans to charge VAT on gaming activities, as well as automate VAT collection from lottery operators in Nigeria.
According to FIRS’ Chairman, Mr Babatunde Fowler, the plan will see customers of betting customers pay five percent VAT on every transaction they make. This, therefore, suggests that not only would the Government be charging betting companies alone, it would also be charging its customer; thereby getting more revenue from the industry.
Based on the foregoing, it may not be erroneous to conclude that the Government could be aiming to drive the country’s revenue generation through lottery.
“WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO INTRODUCE TODAY IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONVENIENCE IN THE PAYMENT OF ANY TAXES. WE ARE AUTOMATING TAX COLLECTION ACROSS VARIOUS INDUSTRIES IN THE COUNTRY.” -FOWLER
Growing performances demands have necessitated Bank’s Balance Sheet Management practices – CWG Plc
Balance Sheet Management practices Is needed to embrace advanced platforms and technologies.
CWG Plc has stated that the growing demand by banks to improve performances, increase transparency and comply with complex regulations has necessitated Balance Sheet Management practices to embrace advanced platforms and technologies.
The platforms are expected to provide greater data navigation and analytic capabilities to manage Risk, Returns & Capital.
This was disclosed by Business Director, FSI, Abayomi Olomu, in a statement issued by CWG Plc ahead of its Balance Sheet of the Future: Risk-Data-Analytics Conference on Wednesday.
According to him, the conference, which is organised in partnership with Surya software, a global Financial Control & Risk Management solution provider, will host key players in the Banking and Financial Services industry.
He said, “There is need to explore the role of Balance Sheet Management and Asset Liability Management in future considering the volatile and dynamic markets and how technology can be leveraged to manage these areas.
”Banks have increased demands to improve performance, increase transparency and comply with newer and complex regulations.
“These growing demands have necessitated Bank’s Balance Sheet Management practices to embrace advanced platforms and technologies that provide greater data navigation and analytic capabilities to manage its Risk, Returns & Capital.”
He added that the ‘Balance Sheet of the Future’ conference amplifies CWG and Surya software’s commitment to deploy versatile solutions and technology platforms within the Nigerian and Ghanaian Financial Services market.
What you should know
The keynote address of the event will be delivered by Her Excellency, Zainab S. Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning. There will be a guest address from Mr Pravat Dash, Senior VP – Head of Market Risk, Axis Bank which is one of the top private sector banks in India.
Some of the thought leaders from the Nigerian Banking and Financial Industry will also participate in the conference to discuss and share their views on the subject matter.
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 7th of March 2021, 269 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 158,506 confirmed cases.
On the 7th of March 2021, 269 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
To date, 158,506 cases have been confirmed, 137,875 cases have been discharged and 1,969 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
A total of 1.54 million tests have been carried out as of March 7th, 2021 compared to 1.49 million tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 7th March 2021,
- Total Number of Cases – 158,506
- Total Number Discharged – 137,890
- Total Deaths – 1,969
- Total Tests Carried out – 1,544,008
According to the NCDC, the 269 new cases are reported from 19 states- Enugu (78), Bauchi (37), Rivers (22), Imo (18), Ogun (16), FCT (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Kaduna (13), Kebbi (11), Kwara (9), Edo(7), Ekiti (6), Borno (5), Yobe(5), Kano (4) Nasarawa (3), Osun (3), Anambra (2) and Plateau (2).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 56,444, followed by Abuja (19,350), Plateau (8,944), Kaduna (8,658), Oyo (6,766), Rivers (6,680), Edo (4,670), Ogun (4,437), Kano (3,844), Ondo (3,066), Kwara (2,962), Delta (2,582), Osun (2,457), Nasarawa (2,251), Enugu (2,156), Katsina (2,060), Gombe (2,010), Ebonyi (1,951), Anambra (1,813), Akwa Ibom (1,610), and Abia (1,588).
Imo State has recorded 1,569 cases, Borno (1,308), Bauchi (1,274), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (942), Niger (919), Taraba (863), Ekiti (834), Bayelsa (779), Sokoto (769), Jigawa (496), Kebbi (412), Cross River (334), Yobe (293), Zamfara (222), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.
Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.
On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.
On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.
On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.
On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.
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- Abbey Mortgage Bank projects N51.08 million profit in Q2 2020.