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President Buhari approves N37 billion for National Assembly renovation 

The National Assembly Complex will receive a facelift as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N37 billion for that purpose.

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The National Assembly Complex will receive a facelift as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N37 billion for that purpose. The money is different from the N128 billion allocated for the National Assembly in 2020 Budget.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan defended the renovation fund, stating that the National Assembly building hasn’t been renovated for 20 years. According to him, when the 9th National Assembly resumed, it was discovered that some parts of the property had become dilapidated.

Why amount wasn’t included in NASS budget: The amount was included in the 2020 budget of the Federal Capital Development Administration. The reason, according to Lawan, is that the National Assembly building is a national asset that belongs to the FCDA.

Before the approval of the N37 billion, the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives met with President Buhari to inform him of their findings on the poor state of infrastructure in the National Assembly.

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Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

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“We met the president and (it was) related the condition of the complex.

“The president responded and said he was going to renovate the complex. The phase one renovation will commence – the chambers and committee rooms in the white house.

“N37 billion was sourced and was given. It was put under the FCT, not national Assembly. All we required is to have the complex renovated.

“When we are through with phase 1, we will go to phase 2. It is not under the control of the National Assembly. The complex is a national asset and is for the FCDA to take care,” Lawan said.

[READ MORE: President Buhari may sign 2020 Budget tomorrow]

Renovation at the cost of economy: The lawmakers have often complained about malfunctioning microphones in the chamber, according to a Premium Times report. With the approval, they will now get their renovated National Assembly at the cost of the country which currently has debt and revenue problem.

President Buhari approves N37 billion for National Assembly renovation 

The 2020 budget was increased from N10.33 trillion as proposed by the executive to N10.6 trillion by the National Assembly. The country’s revenue issue has compelled it to seek loan to fund the budget. Part of the method the Federal Government and the National Assembly are using to raise funds is taxing Nigerians to the extent of placing 9% tax on calls, text, data and pay-TV subscription.

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CBN reduces MPR from 12.5% to 11.5%

The Governor of the CBN has announced the reduction of MPR from 12.5% to 11.5%.

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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has voted to reduce the Monetary policy rate (MPR) from 12.5% to 11.5%. This was disclosed by Governor, CBN, Godwin Emefiele while reading the communique at the end of the MPC meeting on Tuesday.

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The committee retained CRR at 27.5% stating that the recent inflationary pressures is not driven by monetary policies, rather as a result of structural policies.

Highlights of the Committee’s decision

  • Reduce the MPR by 100 basis points from 12.5% to 11.5%
  • Adjust asymmetric corridor from +200/-500 to
  • Retain CRR at 27.5%
  • retain liquidity ratio at 30%

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FG moves to clamp down on illegal fertilizer manufacturers and agro-dealers 

It is now forbidden for anyone to go into fertilizer business in Nigeria, without registering with the FISSD.

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Fertilizer Producers hail FG's total ban on NPK fertilizers

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has disclosed that anyone caught producing or merchandising adulterated fertilizers, under the new lawwill be jailed. 

This disclosure was made via the Ministry’s official Twitter handle, to the general public, and seen by Nairametrics. 

The announcement notifies the general public that the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act 2019, is to make sure that every farmer has good and efficient fertilizer for their farms, to boost farming harvest and output. 

The ministry reiterated that it is forbidden for anyone to go into fertilizer business in Nigeria, without registering with the Farm Inputs Support Services Department (FISSD) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. However, anyone caught producing or merchandising adulterated fertilizers will be jailed. 

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This regulation is to address the recurring issues of the effect of substandard fertilizers on farm produceand the market proliferation of adulterated fertilizers in the country, which continues to bedevil farm outputs and harvests in the country. 

Backstory: On the 26th of August, the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development,  Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu, reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment towards implementing the National Fertilizer Quality Control (NFQC) Act 2019. He ensured that the fertilizer regulatory system is in place, to safeguard the interest of the farmers, as when the regulation is implemented, it will protect farmers from using adulterated fertilizers that are nutrient deficient.  

Why this matters  

This policy is important to safeguard both the interest of the farmers and the members of the public, as the initiative is expected to increase agricultural harvest and productivity, in a bid to make national food security a reality. 

The NFQC Act will safeguard interests of fertilizer enterprises, businesses and agrodealers, as it will create part of the enabling environment for private sector investment in the fertilizer industry, and protect the environment against potential dangers, that may result from market proliferation of adulterated fertilizers and the use of harmful substances in fertilizer. 

The Executive Secretary of FEPSAN, Mr. Gideon Negedu, reiterated that the new National Fertilizer Quality Control Act 2019, is a game-changer for the nation’s agricultural sector and a powerful weapon for the farmers. 

In his view, Prof. Yemi AkinseyeGeorge (SAN), said, “that the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders of the fertilizers industryhave taken the bull by the horn in enacting a robust legal framework for quality control in the country.

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NSE highlights retail investment opportunities in today’s Nigerian Capital Market

The Exchange in collaboration with the NISL has inaugurated the Retail Investors’ Webinar.

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“NSE” or “The Exchange”) has expressed its commitment to redefining and improving investors’ overall experience in the Nigerian capital market, and ensuring that it remains modern, convenient and secure. This was highlighted at the inaugural edition of the Retail Investors’ Webinar hosted by The Exchange in collaboration with the Nigerian International Securities Limited (NISL) on Monday, 21 September 2020. The event, with the theme, Capital Market Investing in a Digital Age, was supported by the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) and the Association of Securities Dealing Houses of Nigeria (ASHON).

Speaking during the webinar, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON said, “Investor participation is central to the growth and sustainable development of any economy. The Exchange is, therefore, committed to facilitating conversations that will expound on the retail investment opportunities available in the capital market and the channels through which they can be accessed.  Today, our determination to develop the market and strengthen investor confidence has birthed a number of technology-driven solutions that allow investors to conveniently trade electronically in an increasing array of product offerings that includes Equities, Bonds, ETFs and other Collective Investment Schemes. We will, therefore, continue to take advantage of the vast opportunities to equip existing and potential investors with the necessary skills to effectively manage and grow the financial resources at their disposal.”

On his part, the Managing Director, Nigerian International Securities Limited (NISL), Mr. Laolu Martins said, “NSE has consistently pioneered far-reaching innovations within the Nigerian capital market, positively driving market integrity, boosting both investor confidence and market participation.” He went on to highlight the efforts of the NISL to create wealth for investors via an appropriate mix of securities using well spelt out market research to help investors meet their financial objectives. In doing so, he provided an analysis of the investment instruments available on NSE including equities, bonds, REITS, Closed-Ended Funds, ETFs, etc.

(READ MORE: Capital market operators call for the suspension of recapitalisation plans)

The event also featured a presentation on the importance of Market Data in making investment decisions by the Head, Market Services, NSE, Mr. Olufemi Balogun. It would be recalled that The Exchange recently released an upgrade to its X-DataPortal. The revamped portal has been designed to serve as a principal source for brokers, fund managers, research analysts, other professionals and non-professional participants like students and investors to get quality real-time and reference data reports for analysis, research and reporting purposes. Mr. Balogun encouraged investors at the webinar to access the information via https://dataportal.nse.com.ng.

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The Exchange has showed its clear determination to ensure that investors have a better understanding and appreciation of investment products offered in the Nigerian capital market in its efforts to become Africa’s preferred Exchange hub. The upswing in market activities in Q2:2020 is a testament to the resilience of the market as a result of concerted efforts of The Exchange. As at the end of August 2020, the NSE All Share Index had recorded an 18.9% increase from its position at the end of March, 2020. In addition, the market also witnessed a growth in the percentage value of equity transactions contributed by retail investors, currently at 29% from the 21.8% recorded in 2018 and 24.72% recorded in 2019.    

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