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Bulls charge Nigerian bourse, investors gain N128.49 billion

The Nigerian bourse reversed previous day loss as the All Share Index rose by 1.09% on Wednesday to settle at 29,352.13.

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Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE: Return of the Bulls, Bulls reign at the bourse as stocks gain N460.69 billion on Wednesday, Okomu, UACN, Ekocorp top gainers list on Friday, Stock Market closed the week bullish as ASI grew 0.94% , Investors gain N41.94 billion on Tuesday as Bulls make rebound, NSE: Bearish trade costa investors N12.2 billion on Tuesday, NEM, Mansard, First Bank lead gaining stocks as ASI grew 0.61%, Nigerian bourse breathes a sigh of relief, index up 0.17%, Bulls charged Nigerian bourse, ASI Index up 1.09% investors gain N128.49 billion, Bulls stage comeback has ASI up 0.19%, investors gain N21.86 billion, Bulls gain momentum, as stimulus package lifts global financial markets, Bulls dominate Nigerian bourse investors gain N162 billion

The Nigerian bourse reversed previous day loss as the All Share Index rose by 1.09% on Wednesday to settle at 29,352.13. Consequently, investors gained N128.49 billion as market capitalization ascended to N11.876 trillion, bringing YTD performance to -15.05%.

Activity level was mixed, as volume traded went down by -0.65%, while value traded increased by 31.26% to a total of 671.51 million shares valued at N10.578 billion, in 7,247 deals.

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Guaranty Trust Bank was the most traded stock by volume at 177.75 million units, followed by Zenith Bank with 147 million units of trades. Market breadth index was positive as MTNN (10.00%) led 19 gainers, as against 14 losers topped by OKOMUOIL (-8.25%).

Nigerian All Share Index rose as banking stocks boosted the Banking Index by +2.07%, trailed by the Oil & Gas Index +0.84%, and MTNN’S 10.00% price appreciation. However, the Consumer and Industrial Index depreciated by -1.53% and 1.00% respectively, while the Insurance sector lost 0.83%.

[READ MORE: Bears grip Nigerian bourse, ASI Index down 0.71%)

UNITYBNK (+9.52%), GUARANTY (+6.63%), and FIDELITYBK (1.14%) boosted the Banking Index, while OANDO (+9.95%) and ETERNA (+9.90%) closed the Oil & Gas Index North. On the flip side, OKOMUOIL (-8.25%), UACN (-4.00%) and NESTLE (-3.86%) led the laggards in the Consumer Goods Index, as DANGCEMENT (-3.12% ) and AIICO (-4.82%) closed the NSE Industrial and Insurance indices south.

Top gainers 

MTNN up 10% close at N104.50, OANDO up 9.95% close at N2.21; PZ up 9.88 %  close N4.45, CADBURY up 9.65% close at N6.25, and GUARANTY up 6.63% close at  N20.90.

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Top Losers 

OKOMUOIL down 8.2% to close N55.05 AFRIPRUD  Down 7.45% to close at N3.23 UACN down 4% to close at N7.20 NESTLE down 3.86% to N880.00 close at  DANGCEM down 3.12% to close at N133.40.

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Message Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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FG to distribute 10 million LPG gas cylinders in 1 year

The FG is set to inject up to 10 million gas cylinders into the market to help improve safety and deepen cooking gas utilization.

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The Federal Government has announced plans to inject 5 to 10 million Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders into the market in the next one year.

This is to help improve safety and deepen LPG (otherwise known as cooking gas) utilization across the country.

This disclosure was made by the Programme Manager, National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan, Mr Dayo Adeshina, at a sensitisation workshop on LPG Adoption and Implementation for Industry Stakeholders, on Wednesday in Lagos.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Adeshina said the National LPG Expansion Implementation Plan, domiciled in the Office of the Vice President, was committed to achieving Nigeria’s target of 5 million Metric Tonnes of LPG consumption annually by 2027.

What the Programme Manager for LPG Expansion Implementation Plan is saying

Adeshina said, “The Federal Government is working towards injecting five to 10 million cooking gas cylinders into the market within the next one year. We are starting the cylinder injection under the first phase in 11 pilot states and FCT, with two states from each of the geopolitical zones.

The states are Lagos, Ogun, Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Sokoto, Delta, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Enugu, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory. The cylinders will be injected through the marketers. The marketers will be responsible for the cylinders and the exchange will take place in homes and not in filling stations.

What this means is that going forward, cylinders will not be owned by individuals but by the marketers who will ensure that they are safe for usage.’

Adeshina pointed out that apart from household consumption, the government was trying to increase LPG usage in agriculture, transportation and manufacturing adding that this will enable the country to reduce CO2 emission by about 20% and create millions of jobs for Nigerians.

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He said that the government had also granted waivers on importation of LPG equipment and removed Value Added Tax (VAT) on LPG in addition to investment in infrastructure.

The President of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, Mr Nuhu Yakubu, said efforts should be made to ensure the availability, accessibility and affordability of cooking gas in the country adding that this would encourage more Nigerians to embrace gas usage in their homes with the attendant benefits to the country.

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Mr Olalere Odusote, Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, said the population of Lagos makes it imperative for residents to adopt cleaner energy sources for cooking, transportation and power generation adding that the government was targeting the conversion of 45% of about 4 million vehicles in the state to autogas over a four-year period in partnership with marketers.

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the Federal Government had in November 2020, announced plans for the conversion of cars to autogas in a bid to have cheaper and cleaner energy especially with the high cost of petrol.
  • The government at different levels are pursuing cleaner energy sources for cooking, transportation and power generation.

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JAMB bans use of email by candidates for UTME, DE registration

JAMB has announced that candidates for the UTME and Direct Entry will no longer be required to provide their email addresses at the point of registration.

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry will no longer be required to provide their email addresses at the point of registration.

The new adjustment is to protect candidates from various forms of manipulation and distortion of their personal details by some fraudulent cyber café operators.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the board’s headquarters on Wednesday in Bwari, Abuja, said the change, would take effect from Thursday, April 15, 2021.

What the JAMB Registrar is saying

Oloyede said, “They gain access to profiles of these candidates under the pretense of creating an email address for them. Then they change and block the candidates from receiving messages from the board. They also extort them after they change their passwords.

In view of this, the board has come up with adjustments to our operations. The first decision is that beginning from Thursday, April 15, candidates would no longer be required to provide any email address during registration from this year onwards.

It is by going to these cyber cafes to open emails that these candidates are open to abuse and stealing of their personal data,’’ he said.

He said that the board now had a mobile app that would allow candidates to deal directly with the board with their smartphones or via SMS to ‘55019’ code option.

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The code option, he explained, would allow candidates to check admission status as well as all other verifications via SMS.

He said, “Printing of examination slips, results notification or raising tickets can be done anywhere by using candidates’ registration number only. However, at the close of registration every year, we would need the email addresses of the candidates so we can have access to as many of them as possible.

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At the conclusion of registration, candidates are expected to send their email addresses through the mobile app or text message to the 55019 code twice, for validation. This is to update their profile with JAMB as the email will no longer be used as access to their profile, but rather as a communication tool with candidates.’

While advising candidates to guard their phones with utmost care as it was the weapon for all transactions, Oloyede said that henceforth, all JAMB owned Computer-Based Tests (CBT) centres across the country, would only allow candidates with ATM cards into its centres.

He said that in order to cut down on the activities of fraudsters who hijack candidates to extort money from them, the centres would no longer allow candidates go outside the centres to pay for their e-pins and other cash transactions.

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The JAMB Registrar said, “Only candidates with ATM cards will be allowed into all JAMB owned CBT centres, it can be that of their parents as long as they have the pin for the transaction.

“Those without ATM cards can go to other privately owned CBT centres where they can pay cash to register but we will not take cash or transact outside our centres.’’

What you should know

Meanwhile, in a related development, JAMB had said that the board lost over N10 million in 2020 to activities of fraudsters who penetrated their payment portal for ad-hoc staff.

The JAMB Registrar said that the money, which was meant to pay JAMB ad-hoc staff from the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), was hijacked by the suspected fraudsters.

JAMB had a few days ago confirmed the commencement of registration for the 2021 UTME/DE examinations after the initial hiccup.

It stated that applicants must provide NIN at the point of registration with the registration by Direct Entry candidates to run concurrently with that of UTME candidates.

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