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Hope rises for workers as CBN partners PenCom to make home ownership easier

The average Nigerian worker’s dream of owning a house they can call their own brightened on Thursday at the banker’s committee meeting held in Abuja.

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The average Nigerian worker’s dream of owning a house of their own was reinforced on Thursday at the banker’s committee meeting held in Abuja.

During the meeting, the Managing Director of FSDH Merchant Bank, Ambah Hamda, disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria has plans to work in synergy with the Pension Commission (PenCom) towards ensuring that contributors to the Retirement Savings Account access 25% of Nigeria’s N9.03 trillion pension assets for mortgage purposes. This will be in conformity with the 2014 PenCom Act.

Shedding more light on this plan, the FSDH MD stated the following;

“Once it becomes a reality, an RSA holder will then be in a position to walk up to his pension fund administrator and ask to access 25 percent saved up in his name and would like to borrow money to build a house.

“With such approval, you will then approach your banker. It would make the bank very willing because you will then be coming with a sizeable sum of money where you would also contribute to the project.”

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Meanwhile, CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, who also spoke during the event, noted that the 25% pension contribution would ultimately constitute workers’ equity contribution for mortgage. Workers will then approach their banks who will finance the 75% balance.

Why this matters: Apart from the fact that the scheme will enable Nigerians in the public service and the organised private sector to become homeowners, it is also expected to help significantly reduce the country’s housing deficit.

A 2018 report credited to Centre for Affordable Housing in Africa had put the country’s housing deficit to be between 17 and 20 million. 

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Similarly, the plan will help to unlock the huge potential in the real estate sector of the economy by fostering rapid growth and providing funding. In so doing, several direct and indirect jobs will be created.

As Hamda noted that “25% of N9 trillion is worth over N2 trillion and this fund can be used to stimulate demand for mortgage loans in our economy.”

She further disclosed that the CBN will make the process easy by working with other regulators and “with the government of various states to make the whole process of land transfer and titling a lot easier so that many more people across the nation can access mortgage financing, thereby stimulating demand in our economy.”

Ronald Adamolekun is a creative writer with proficiency in journalism, financial reporting, financial analysis and imaginative writing. However, his core competency lies in fiction and short story writing as well as feature writing. He is a graduate of English and Literature from Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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  1. Ebiwari Agedah

    June 14, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Pension Fund significant contributions to the economy of Singapore cannot be overemphasized.
    We need to study the Singapore Pension Fund system and do the needful for workers in Nigeria.
    This is a welcome step that needs to be implemented without any delay to help alleviate the sufferings of Nigerian workers.
    When this takes off you would not see many people roaming the streets of our nation Nigeria any more.
    The construction industry employs more people that the much talked about agricultural sector.
    CBN/PFA please move swiftly to ease the burden off the shoulders of Nigerian workers

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Nascon Allied Industries Plc: Increase in sale of goods boosts revenues

Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from an increase in the sale of goods revenue-generating unit

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Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from an increase in the sale of goods revenue-generating units, as total revenues increased slightly. The company reported revenues of N21.87 billion in 2020 (9months) – 4.01% increase compared to N21.03 billion in the corresponding period of 2019.

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Key highlights from 2020 (9months) results

  • Revenues increased by 4.01% from N21.03 billion to N21.87 billion YoY.
  • Revenues from sale of edible, refined, bulk grade salt; seasoning and vegetable oil, increased to N21.87 billion, +22.53% YoY.
  • Other income increased to N12.81 million, +27.43% YoY.
  • No revenue was recorded for freight income on the deliveries of salt and seasoning income-generating unit.
  • Gross profit increased to N8.96 billion, +74.56% YoY.
  • Operating profit increased to N3.64 billion +18.60% YoY.
  • Pre-tax profits increased to N3.47 billion, +16.63% YoY.
  • Post-tax profits increased to N2.29 billion, +13.27% YoY.
  • Earnings Per Share increased to 115 kobo, +12.75% YoY
  • Total assets increased to N44.36 billion, +45.79% YoY.
  • Total liabilities increased to N32.04 billion, +67.21% YoY.
  • Total equity increased to N12.32 billion, +9.35% YoY.

(READ MORE:Dangote’s NASCON Allied Industries Plc moves operation from Apapa)

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Nascon Allied Industries Plc recorded a boost from increase in sale of goods revenue-generating unit, but no revenue was recorded for its freight income on the deliveries of salt and seasoning revenue generating-unit.

Though companies have generally recorded decreased revenues in the last three quarters, mostly due to COVID-19; Nascon Allied Industries Plc was able to increase its total revenues and pre-tax profits in the period under consideration.

 

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Instagram disables its “Recent” feature

Instagram recently announced it had removed the “recent” tab from hashtag pages on a temporary basis

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COVID-19: Instagram cracks down on coronavirus AR effects, Instagram Tenders apology for fagging #EndSARS fake, Instagram has disabled the “Recent” feature for the forthcoming U.S election,

Instagram disclosed that it would remove the “Recent” tab from its hashtag pages for people in the United States of America.

The social networking and video sharing service stated this on its official Twitter handle. It said it is “doing this to reduce the real-time spread of potentially harmful content that could pop up around the election.”

What you should know

Nairametrics had reported on Instagram’s apology for its algorithm malfunction that led to the flagging of #EndSARS posts as fake.

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Instagram has also taken the following measures to ensure a successful November election.

  • The registration of 4.4 million votes this year through its flagship platform – Instagram and Messenger.
  • Serving as a means of information and tool to people in the US on the electoral process
  • The ban of any content that can thwart the success of the election.

(READ MORE:U.S dollar stable amid U.S holiday)

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, said he was perturbed about the high risks for civil unrest in the US due to the upcoming presidential election.

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“I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or weeks to be finalized, there is a risk of civil unrest across the country.”

Furthermore, he disclosed on a call while discussing Facebook’s Q3 earnings, that “given this, companies like ours need to go well beyond what we’ve done before.”

Why this matters

The aim of the short-term decision is to decrease the spread of misinformation in the forthcoming US election.

 

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#EndSARS: Police did not shoot protesters – IGP Adamu

The IGP has said that police officers acted professionally and exercised commendable restraints during the #EndSARS protests.

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The Inspector-General of Police, M.A Adamu, has said that officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally and exercised commendable restraints during the protests, in a response to Amnesty International about police firing at protesters.

The IG disclosed this in a statement on Friday morning, saying reports on the shooting of protesters is not true.

What you should know

Amnesty International released a report on the 21st of October, 2020, saying it has confirmed “that the Nigerian army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters yesterday at two locations in Lagos. The killings took place in Lekki and Alausa, where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSars movement.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari also disclosed last week that 51 civilians, 11 Police officers, and 7 soldiers have been killed in the unrest.

The IGP said today that, “Officers of the Nigeria Police Force acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and some paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests and ensuing violence in some parts of the country.

“The Amnesty Int’l report is untrue, misleading, and contrary to all available empirical evidence.

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“Even when the protests turned violent in some parts of the country, the officers still maintained utmost restraint and did not use excessive force in managing the situations.”

The IG added that 22 Police personnel were killed by hoodlums, with many more injured and that 205 police stations were attacked.

“Available reports show that twenty-two (22) police personnel were extra-judicially killed by some rampaging protesters and scores injured during the protests. Many of the injured personnel are in life-threatening conditions at the hospital.

“Two hundred and five (205) police stations and formations including other critical private and public infrastructure were also damaged by a section of the protesters,” he said.

The IG said Amnesty International failed to pay tribute to police officers who lost their lives in the violence and accused the organization of “discriminatory tendencies.”

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