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Refund N5.2 billion Anchor Borrower’s loan, CBN to Cotton farmers

The CBN has encouraged the Kano state members of the NCAN, who participated in the government’s Anchor Borrower Programme to make their loan repayment.   

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Cotton producers move to recover N4 billion CBN loan , Anchor Borrower Programme: Cotton farmers expected to pay bank N5.2 billion  

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has asked the members of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria, Kano chapter, that participated in the government’s Anchor Borrower Programme to refund the loans.

Branch Controller, CBN, Ali Abdulkadir, disclosed that the 30,000 cotton farmers, who enjoyed the loan facility, should not delay in repayment, so as to enable other farmers to benefit from the scheme.

“It is a revolving fund as you collect, you produce, you sell and then pay the loan so that others that have not benefited earlier can also benefit,” said Ali Abdulkadir.

Cotton producers move to recover N4 billion CBN loan 

The CBN branch controller added that each of the cotton farmers got N174, 000 (inputs and cash), as total loan package amounted to N5.2 billion.

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Method of Repayment: To repay government, each farmer is expected to give 25 bags of 40Kg, which is an equivalent of the amount received as loan back. The recovery process was triggered because cotton is only produced during the rainy season and as such, cotton farmers should have harvested what they planted.

“I am advising the leadership of the association to embark on an aggressive recovery because the loan was given to farmers through the association because the association know them,” Abdulkadir said.

[READ MORE: Cotton producers move to recover N4 billion CBN loan]

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The CBN also disclosed it had extended a similar loan programme to rice, wheat, cassava and other commodities to enhance food production in the country.

Deputy Governor of Kano, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna represented by a Director, Admin and General Services in the ministry of Agriculture, Hajiya Zahra Sulaiman urged the farmers to also pay their loans so that others could benefit from the programme.

The state chairman of NACOTAN, Alhaji Lawan Sarkin Noma lauded the apex bank for including the cotton farmers in the Anchor Borrower programme. He stated that it would improve the standard of living of the farmers and eventually stop the importation of cotton.

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  1. Stanley

    December 16, 2019 at 5:23 am

    While I understand the Federal Government’s rationale for targeting small holder farmers with most of her agricultural intervention programmes, as this category of farmers constitute over 70% of the informal sector, I do not think that this strategy will eventually lead to the much required boost to the economy by way of agricultural produce potentially replacing oil as our major export product. Most of these small holder (local) farmers neither have the capacity to nurture and expand their farming business to the desired levels , nor share in the Government’s vision/mission for the industry. Shortly after receiving their inputs from the aforementioned programmes, many small holder farmers have been known to re-sell the additional inputs to agric input dealers in nearby markets, rather than deploying these to increase their farm holding as intended by the Government. These poor farmers are also known to be discouraged by low farm gate prices of agric produce which occurs cyclically. Therefore, it is my opinion that medium to large commercial farms should be targeted with most of these interventions since they already have the structure and capacity to expand, process and even export excess farm produce rather than complain about cyclical supply gluts. Countries like the US and Brazil who are major net exporters of agricultural products in the world have about 80% and 70% of farms in the range of 400 hectares to 500 hectares respectively.

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#EndSARS: NCAA denies alleged shut down of airspace, as Turkish Airlines takes off tonight

FAAN has reportedly shut down the air space of the nation due to alleged unrest in the country.

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Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), FAAN recruitment, FAAN in recruitment scandal as politicians takeover, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, 2019: Lagos airport records growth in passenger, aircraft and cargo movement  

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has denied the alledged shut of the nation’s airspace due to the unrest, arising from the hijacked #EndSARS protests in Lagos, Abuja, and some other states in the country.

Though, the authority has not issued an official statement on the development, a source in the apex regulatory body told Nairametrics that the airspace remains open in Lagos and Abuja.

He said, “It is not true that the airspace is shut as rumoured on some social media platforms. Turkish Airline is attending to its passengers at the moment and the flight is tonight. So, where is the airspace being shut coming from.

“Delta Airline decided to divert the Lagos bound flight to Dakar, Senegal before going back to New York not because our airspace is shut but its Lagos office informed the Pilot that there is curfew in Lagos. Expectedly, American airlines are so sensitive to issues like that.”

Back story: A Twitter user, Osasu Onayiuwana, whose friend is one of Delta Air passengers en-route Lagos from Atlanta, USA, had alleged that Delta Airline returned ti New York because Nigerian air space was shut.

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He tweeted, “A friend returning to Lagos, from Atlanta on @Delta has been informed, during their Dakar, Senegal stopover, that @Nigeria’s airspace has been closed. They are now flying back to Atlanta!

“Actually, his plane is currently on the way to New York, from Dakar. Before this, some passengers asked @Delta to allow them to find their way to Lagos from Dakar. Understandably, the airline refused.”

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FRC to implement new IFRS 17

The FRC is set to implement International Financial Reporting Standard 17 (IFRS) on or before January 2023.

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The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria is expected to implement International Financial Reporting
Standard 17 (IFRS) on or before January 2023. This follows the amendment of the standard on June 25, 2020.

This was disclosed by the Head, Directorate of Accounting Standards Public Sector, FRC, Dr. Iheanyi Anyahara, during a Stakeholders interactive forum with FRC and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) webinar recently.

Nigeria adopted the IFRS as part of measures to improve transparency, reporting practices and full disclosures.

Having adopted the IFRS by the Council, Anyahara explained that all amendments to existing standards alongside the new standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) must be implemented by all reporting entities in Nigeria.

According to him, the Council is aware that implementing IFRS 17 commands a radical departure from current accounting standards and produces complex operational challenges.

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He said, “That is why we are organizing this programme and many more in collaboration with IASB to guide the users of the standards both in application and implementation.

“The Council will be organizing more events in financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance in order to sensitize the general public and lessen the knowledge gap in IFRS standards in Nigeria in collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations.”

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Last July, Nairametrics reported when FRC released guidelines for reporting in compliance with the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance. (NCCG 2018).

In a statement posted on its website, the Council explained that it had been engaging with all regulators of sectors for the purpose of developing sectoral guidelines of corporate governance on specific requirements relevant to each sector, which are not covered under NCCG 2018.

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Geely Auto to invest 54 million dollars in the development of healthy cars

Geely’s leading track record will be taken to a new level with the development of an all-round “healthier car.”

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As Exclusive Partner of Geely Automotive in Nigeria, Mikano brings us great news of Geely Automotive innovative steps towards development of “healthy, intelligent vehicles” by earmarking 54 million Dollars of funding to it; as a furthering of the fight against Coronavirus.

The move not only adds a new dimension to Geely’s understanding of “passenger safety,” it also represents a new development direction for automobiles.

READ: Automotive Bill: Why FG may return it to National Assembly

The development of a “healthier car” differs from specialized medical vehicles in that Geely’s products are made for ordinary consumers. Cars with comprehensive virus protection not only require the capability to isolate harmful substances in the air, it also needs to quickly and effectively purify cabin air for occupants.

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Geely Auto’s global R&D and design networks based in Europe, USA and China will jointly move to develop and research new environmentally sustainable materials with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which can be used within air-conditioner systems and on frequently touched surfaces such as buttons and handles.

Geely Auto will make full use of its global R&D system and resources as well as cooperate with professional medical and scientific research institutions to set up special project teams to work on the new research.

READ: Cars45 CEO explains how to increase demand for Made in Nigeria cars

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An Conghui, President of Geely Holding Group and President and CEO of Geely Auto Group said “Epidemic prevention is a job that requires the long-term effort of wider society. As the most common mode of transportation, consumers spend a considerable amount time in their cars, akin to a “second home” Only by making healthier products can we meet consumer demand for better quality of life. Based on the automotive industry’s development direction built around electrified, connectivity, intelligence, and shared mobility, auto companies should commit to developing products that help protect the health of drivers and passengers. This will become one of Geely Auto key long-term development objectives.”

Earlier on January 28, Geely Holding Group joined hands with the Li Shufu Foundation to set up a special 30 million dollars fund in support of the new coronavirus prevention and control, with a focus on the mass purchasing of much needed medical supplies for China in the short term.

Geely’s leading track record will be taken to a new level with the development of an all-round “healthier car.” Geely’s move sets a new precedent in the development of safety technologies that goes beyond developing leading crash test results and moves into new dimensions of passenger safety.

Visit www.geely.ng to find out more about Geely Nigeria

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