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SEC, SON collaborates to fast track approval of relevant commodities trading standards

The SEC is strategically collaborating with the Standards Organization of Nigeria towards promoting the commodities trading ecosystem.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is collaborating with the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) towards ensuring faster approval and publication of standards relevant to the commodities trading ecosystem.

This disclosure was made by the Director-General of the SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, during a working visit to the SON Management in Abuja recently.

According to Yuguda, the commission has constituted, as part of its implementation of the 10-year Capital Market Master Plan, a Technical Committee on commodities Trading Ecosystem that has been mandated to identify the challenges of the existing framework and develop a road map for a vibrant ecosystem.

What they are saying

According to Mr. Lamido Yuguda, DG of SEC:

  • “The prompt establishment of relevant standards would be transformational for the Nigerian commodities trading ecosystem. Standards provide consumers with an assurance of fitness of purpose, processors with commodities specifications, and serves as reference point against which features of commodities can be compared.
  • “The commission was committed to mobilizing relevant stakeholders in the commodities trading ecosystem to provide the support needed by the SON to achieve expedited approval and publication of the commodities standards.
  • “Standard setting is a project of national importance and the SEC along with other stakeholders will work with the SON to achieve the objective and by extension national food security and self-sufficiency.”

According to SON Director-General, Mallam Farouk Salim:

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  • If we gather forces to improve on standardization, our farmers and processors would be able to attract funding, export commodities of high standards and attract the much-needed foreign exchange.
  • “The imminent implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in January 2021 necessitates that stakeholders in Nigeria join forces to protect local manufacturers from unfair competition from importers of substandard and cheaper products.”

Why this matters

  • The symbiotic relationship between SON and SEC is quite critical in protecting the nascent economy as key regulators.
  • The benefit of this vital collaboration would result in increased value to smallholder farmers due to premium paid on high-quality commodities, reduction of post-harvest losses, quality packaging and storage, as well as increased employment opportunities through the set-up of warehouses and assaying companies to provide quality assurance services.
  • Other benefits include global acceptance of commodities produced in Nigeria for export, leading to increased foreign exchange earnings, increase in number of processing plants in Nigeria due to better quality of raw materials and overall growth of the Nigerian economy.

Johnson is a risk management professional and banker with unbridled passion for research and writing. He graduated top of the class with B.sc Statistics from the University of Nigeria and an MBA degree with specialization in Finance from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, with fellowships from the Association of Enterprise Risk management Professionals(FERP) and Institute of Credit and Collections management of Nigeria (FICCM). He is currently pursuing his PhD in Risk management in one of the top-rated universities in the UK.

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NIMC says it has licensed telecommunication companies to provide NIN

The NIMC has said the agency has licensed telecommunications companies to register applicants who do not have NIN.

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The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said the agency has licensed telecommunications companies to register applicants who do not have National Identity Numbers (NIN).

This measure is to help reduce the large crowd that besieges NIMC offices across the country for registration with the risk of contracting the Covid-19 disease.

According to a report from Punch, this disclosure was made by the Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, while responding to an inquiry with respect to measures taken by NIMC to address the complaints made by citizens and the crowds at the commission’s offices.

Aziz pointed out that mobile network operators had been empowered to also give identity numbers. This is in addition to the licensing of the private and public organization by the commission to provide NIN.

The NIMC boss said, “We have licensed private and public sector organisations including telcos (telecommunications companies) so as to create more centres.’’

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What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the Federal Government had directed that telecommunication companies should block from their network, any SIM that is not registered with valid NINs with effect from December 30, 2020.
  • However, following public outcry, the government gave 6 weeks extension to subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021, and 3 weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2020.
  • However, many Nigerians and organisations had called for a further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration process due to the large crowds who had yet to have their NINs.

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CBN disburses N106.96 billion to 27,956 AGSMEIS beneficiaries

The CBN has disbursed a total of N106.96 billion to 27,956 beneficiaries of AGSMEIS.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has revealed that it disbursed a total of N106.96 billion to 27,956 beneficiaries of Agri-Business Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS).

This information is contained in a recent communique from the last MPC report of the CBN.

Recall that Nairametrics had earlier reported the expansion of AGSMEIS beneficiaries to 14,638. In lieu of this, the recent figures show a remarkable improvement of an additional 13,318 beneficiaries.

The apex also revealed that it has disbursed a total of N2.0 trillion as at January 2021. Other key disbursements are;

  • The disbursement of N192.64 billion to 426,016 households and small businesses under the COVID-19 Targeted Credit Facility (TCF).
  • The disbursement of N72.96 billion to the Health Care Support Intervention Facility, directly impacting about 73 projects which comprises of 26 pharmaceutical projects and 47 hospitals and health care services projects in the country.
  • In a bid to support the provision of employment opportunities, the apex bank provided financial support of N3.12 billion to 320 beneficiaries under the Creative Industry Financing Initiatives and N268 million to 395 beneficiaries under the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.
  • The apex bank also provided N18.58 billion for the procurement of 347,853 electricity reading meters to Discos, in a bid to support the National Mass Metering Programme.

What you should know

  • The Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme is a Federal Government initiative aimed at supporting efforts and policy measures for the promotion of agricultural businesses and small/medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria, with the long-run goal of achieving sustainable economic development and employment generation.
  • With the CBN AGSMEIS Loan, one can access up to N10M at 5% per year without collateral.

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President Buhari approves local production of helicopters by NASENI

President Buhari has directed NASENI, to collaborate with Dynali Company for the local production of helicopters.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), to collaborate with Dynali Company, a Belgian Helicopter Manufacturing Company, for the local production of helicopters.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this directive was given by the President at the maiden edition of the meeting of the Governing Board of NASENI at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

While presiding over the meeting, President Buhari, who is also the Chairman of NASENI, directed the agency to work towards bridging the gaps in research and technology that keeps Nigeria waiting on other countries for supplies and solutions, especially in tackling challenges like the Covid-19 pandemic.

What President Buhari is saying

Buhari said the agency should play a more pivotal role in equipping the country during emergencies, while encouraging research, upgrading local skills, fabrication and international collaborations that would provoke growth in science and technology.

The President said, “The uniqueness of the mandate of NASENI as enshrined in its enabling law towards the actualisation and realisation of our development programmes such as the creation of Ten Million jobs; Economic Recovery and Growth Programme (ERGP) and Post COVID-19 sustainability Plan.

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“It is only deliberate deployment of Engineering, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI) using technology domestication and reverse engineering of capital goods.

“Making them available in Nigeria that can fast-track the realisation of our collective will to build capacity and reduce poverty among our teeming populace. The countries that are at the forefront of economic recovery have only one thing in common: investment and sustained research and development work in knowledge economy.

“Covid-19   pandemic   has exposed the Technology and innovation gap between us and the developed World, which NASENI is strategically positioned to fill.’’

Going further, the President said in order to achieve its full potential, NASENI must be empowered through the provision of adequate financial, human and material resources and be given the autonomy and independence to engage in international partnerships to acquire the relevant technologies for socio-economic and industrial advancement of the country.

He said, ‘’In this regard, I have directed the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Federal Inland Revenue Service to commence remittance of funds approved by Law of the Agency.’’

‘’It is important to for members of the NASENI Governing Board to note that Agencies of Governments with a similar mandate as NASENI in many countries are directly under the supervision of their respective Heads of State and Government.’’

While making his own remark, the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, revealed that the agency had constructed electronic voting systems and was already working on locally produced jet engines and assemblage of passenger and military helicopters.

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that President Buhari had earlier approved the reconstitution and inauguration of the Governing Board of NASENI on March 8, 2018, with a clear mandate to develop local capacity in machine building and fabrication, which would be critical to Nigeria’s industrial development.
  • NASENI was established in 1992 by the Federal Government following the recommendations of the White Paper Committee on the 1991 Report of a 150-member National Committee on Engineering Infrastructure comprising scientists, engineers, administrators, federal and state civil servants, economists, lawyers, bankers and industrialists.

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