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NGX Weekly: Investors Lose N103bn As Insurance, Banking Stocks Decline



NGX Weekly: Investors Lose N103bn As Insurance, Banking Stocks Decline

The NGX Insurance Index led the losers during the Sallah holiday-shortened week, falling by 1.32 per cent week-on-week.

This contributed to a 0.18 per cent decline in the broader market indices.

The NGX 30 Index followed with a 0.16 per cent decline, and the NGX Banking Index fell by 0.04 per cent week-on-week.

Conversely, the NGX Oil and Gas Index led the gainers, rising by 0.35 per cent week-on-week, followed by the NGX Consumer Goods Index, which increased by 0.29 per cent.

Also, the NGX Pension Index rose by 0.20 per cent and the NGX Industrial Goods Index advanced by 0.10 per cent week-on-week.

Specifically, sell pressure witnessed in the declined sectors led to negative price movements in the stocks of VFD Group, AIICO, Insurance and AXA Mansard.

It also includes FBN Holdings, Fidelity Bank,  Zenith Bank, MTN Nigeria, and Transcorp Hotel, among others.

Consequently, NGX All-Share Index and market capitalisation depreciated by 0.18 per cent to close the week at 99,743.05 and N56.424 trillion each compared to 99,925.38 and N56.527 trillion respectively recorded in the previous week.

As a result, investors lost N103 billion week-on-week.

Meanwhile, 53 equities appreciated in price during the week higher than 51 equities in the previous week.

25 equities depreciated in price higher than 24 in the previous week, while 76 equities remained unchanged, lower than 79 recorded in the previous week.

A total turnover of 3.301 billion shares worth N53.157 billion in 27,536 deals was traded this week by investors on the floor of the Exchange, in contrast to 2.633 billion shares valued at N43.652 billion that exchanged hands last week in 33,709 deals.

Trading in the top three equities namely: Fidelity Bank Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc measured by volume accounted for 2.469 billion shares worth N37.405 billion in 3,006 deals.

This contributed 74.80 and 70.37 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

Additionally, NGX30Z4 and NGX PENSIONZ4 Futures Contracts were listed on the NGX on Wednesday at N3,905 and N3,885 respectively and would expire on Dec. 20.

Fidelity Bank Plc’s rights issue of 3.2 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N9.25 per share on the basis of one new ordinary share for every existing 10 ordinary shares held as at the close of business on Jan.5 also opened on Thursday and would close on July 29.

Meanwhile, looking ahead to the next week, analysts at Cowry Asset Management Ltd. have predicted that the local bourse will trade in mixed sentiment.

They said this would ride on the back of low valuation and portfolio repositioning for value stocks as investors continue to exhibit a wait-and-see approach.

The analysts advised market players and investors to trade in stocks of companies with sound fundamentals as trading volume patterns continue to fluctuate.

According to them, the present market outlook suggests buying interest in some sectors and profit-taking in others, amid a wait-and-see attitude.

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Sanitary Pads: Reps Query Minister Over N65m Spent On New Year Party, Others



 The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye has drawn the ire of the House of Representatives following the unguarded manner she allegedly spent monies which included expenditures of N45 million for a New Year party and, N20 million for sanitary pads.

The House of Representatives which has now queried the minister, also frowned on her other unrelated expenditure which includes N1.5 million for vehicle fuel.

Rep. Kafilat Ogbara, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs, led the interrogation of the Minister, over the non-payment of N1.5 billion to contractors despite the fund release in Abuja.

She said that the investigative hearing was aimed at uncovering the truth and not witch-hunting the Minister and the officials of the ministry.

The committee also investigated the alleged diversion of funds meant for contractor payments, following a petition from contractors.

The committee also sought clarification on funds appropriated for the African First Lady’s mission and the whereabouts of the N1.5 billion meant for contractor payments.

The minister however denied the allegations of misappropriation, overspending, and non-payment to contractors.

The procurement officer confirmed contractors’ claims, and the Director of Finance and Administration acknowledged only paying approved contracts.

It would be recalled that the committee had at its last sitting summoned the minister to appear before it to explain the rationale behind the non-payment.

The committee also ordered the stoppage of all 2024 contract processes by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs until the whereabouts of the money for the said contracts are determined

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LASU: Town, Meets Gown Next Tuesday, To Make Rails Transportation More Meaningful



LASU: Town, Meets Gown Next Tuesday, To Make Rails Transportation More Meaning

…NRC Boss, Engr. Okhiria is Pointman

The Town and the Gown will on Tuesday converge at the Lagos State University (LASU), in a mutual fusion of quality and sustainable ideas, as the Managing Director, Nigeria Railways Corporation speaks on where the eggheads necessarily need to intervene, for the overall benefit of the nation.

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Engr. Fidet-Okhiria

Prof. Bamidele Badejo who is now back in LASU, confirmed this to the Maritime First, highlighting that Engr. Freeborn Okhiria would meticulously dissect a critical issue, titled: ‘From Exclusive Clause To Concurrent List: Potency for sustainable rail infrastructure development in Nigeria and the Lagos State example.

Oluwaseun Osiyemi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Transport, will be in attendance; at an event which will flag off by noon prompt, Tuesday 16th, July 2024, at the Femi Gbajabiamila Conference Centre.

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Reps Probe Cbn’s N1.12trn Anchor Borrowers Scheme, NIRSAL’s N215b Loan



Reps Probe Cbn’s N1.12trn Anchor Borrowers Scheme, NIRSAL’s N215b Loan

The House of Representatives has ordered probes into the N1.12 trillion anchor borrowers scheme, an initiative of the Federal Government’s interventions and agricultural funding through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Also included in the probe are the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), the Bank of Industry (BoI) and other agencies.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Chike Okafor (APC-Imo) on the floor of the House in Abuja on Tuesday.

Presenting his motion, Okafor linked the growing food scarcity and malnutrition in Nigeria to the alleged mismanagement of agricultural funds intended for agricultural development in the country.

He said the Federal Government had expended N8 trillion in 8 years on various schemes and interventions in the last eight years with the view of making food available for millions of Nigerians.

He added that the alleged mismanagement, misapplication of funds and abuse of the programmes had left Nigeria with the twin challenges of food scarcity and malnutrition.

Okafor said that funds advanced to end users of the various Federal Government interventions had also been allegedly misused, misapplied and channelled to non-farming and non-agricultural purposes.

This, he said, was responsible for the current acute scarcity of food in the country.

Adopting the motion, the House mandated the Committee on Nutrition and Food Security as well as the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services; Agricultural Colleges and Institutions and Finance, to probe

The Committees were mandated to thoroughly investigate CBN’s alleged mismanagement of the Anchor Borrowers Program (ABP) for which ₦1.12 trillion was to be disbursed to 4.67 million farmers.

The farmers were said to be involved in either maize, rice or wheat farming through 563 anchors.

The committees are to look into NIRSAL’s disbursement of ₦215,066,980,274.52, to facilitate agriculture and agribusinesses.

The House gave the committees four weeks to report back to the House.

The house also mandated the committees to equally assess how the Bank of Industry (BOI) disbursed N3 billion to 22,120 smallholder farmers through the Agriculture Value Chain Financing (AVCF) Programme.

The committee is also to investigate the handling of the N5 billion loan facility to the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) for livestock farmers across the country.

This will include the management of the National Agricultural Development N1.6 billion Recovery Fund for the Ginger Blight Epidemics Central Taskforce (GBECT).

This is for the control of Blight disease in Ginger, among other interventions. 

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