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NNPC ‘operating illegal account’ — Senator

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…As Kaduna Statistics Bureau plans to spend N152.97m on surveys–NANl***

Kogi West All Progressives Congress senator, Dino Melaye, has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of operating a dubious account in the name of the Nigerian government.

The senator accused the corporation of owning major shares in a company which has no bank verification number as required by law.

Coming under order 42, Mr. Melaye raised the petition on Tuesday as he alleges that NNPC is making dubious transactions with the account.

“While some individuals and government appointees would continue to steal, we have decided to continue to expose corruption in public life,” he said.

“This morning I draw to the attention of the Nigerian senate to a suspected colossal, monumental corruption in NNPC.

“Mr. President, a company was registered with the name Brass NLG Limited with the federal government having controlling shares and we have some Italians, Belgians, French people who are shareholders with the federal government in controlling shares of about 50%.

“It is known fact that once you have a joint venture, the account of such joint venture should be domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“But in this case, that was not what happened. An account was opened with Keystone Bank, this account has no BVN and there have been periodic withdrawals.

“The last withdrawal from that account was to the tune of $4 million. As I speak to you, the balance of that account as at today is $137 million.”

Mr. Melaye sought the leave of the senate to present the issue as a motion on another legislative day.

The leave was granted after a voice vote by the lawmakers.

PREMIUM TIMES effort to get comments from NNPC proved abortive as repeated calls and text message sent to the telephone line of its spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, were not replied.

In the meantime, the Kaduna State Bureau of Statistics (KADBS) has budgeted N152.97 million to undertake surveys across the state in 2018.

That the figure is contained in the state’s 2018 budget, a copy of which was obtained from the state’s Planning and Budget Commission.

The bureau got a total budget of N574.33 million out of which N446.81million is for capital expenditure and N127.52 million for recurrent.

The allocation is however lower than the N829.88 million allocated to the agency in 2017.

It indicated that the bureau would spend N20.3 on agriculture survey, N26.3 million on health survey and N15.7 million on labour survey.

It added that N35.1 million would go into living standard survey, N35.7 million for general household survey, and N5 million on collaborative surveys with the National Bureau of Statistics.

Also, N3.6 million was allocated for CTO survey, a field test technology survey platform that helps collect data using mobile phones, tablets or computers, while N11.2 million was earmarked to update survey frames.

Similarly, N216 million has been budgeted by the bureau to conduct enumeration of residents and for issuance of residency cards while N32.5 million would go to annual school census.

According to the breakdown, another N16.78 will be utilized for agricultural data generation, and N3 million each for publication of fact sheets, newsletters and digest as well as statistical publications.

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Senate Passes Bill Seeking Return To Old National Anthem

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Senate Passes Bill Seeking Return To Old National Anthem

Nigerians may soon go to their beloved old anthem as the Senate on Tuesday passed the bill seeking to return Nigeria to the old National Anthem.

This followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Legal Matters, Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs at plenary.

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno) said the bill was first read at plenary on May 23.

He said the bill, among others, sought to provide a legal framework for an Act to reinvent the old National Anthem titled “Nigeria We Hail Thee” which was adopted at Independence in 1960.

He said the anthem was the official anthem of Nigeria until 1978 when it was replaced with the current “Arise O Compatriot.”

Monguno said the aim was to adopt the old national anthem through legislation because of its contextual connotations and relevance to the current state of the country.

“The bill is designed to promote national unity and cohesion through ideological and philosophical concepts of the rich historic and cultural heritage of Nigeria.

“It will engender and inculcate a deep sense of patriotism, togetherness and oneness amongst citizens.

“It is the first time the parliament is making a legal framework for a national anthem: all the steps of law making including public hearing have been undertaken,” he said.

Monguno said the passage of the bill would provide the needed platform for sensitisation of the citizenry on the nation’s core value system by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

“Adopting the old national anthem will preserve and promote the country’s cultural heritage for future generations.

“The bill is significant, as changing the national anthem will symbolise Nigeria’s transition towards greater unity, inclusiveness and progress as a nation.

“The adoption of the anthem certainly demonstrates Nigeria’s respect for its cultural traditions while also embracing positive changes within the society,” he said.

The senator added that by passing the bill, an arbitrary change on the national anthem would be avoided as it would be subjected to legislative process, thus setting a precedent.

The President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, thanked the committee for its input on the bill.

He also commended the various stakeholders that made inputs on the bill at the public hearing, saying that the bill was awaiting President Bola Tinubu’s assent.

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Naira Appreciates By 9.7% Against Dollar At Official Market

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Naira Appreciates By 9.7% Against Dollar At Official Market

…Naira trades between N1,501 and N1,310 against the dollar at Investor’s and Exporter’s (I&E) window

 On Monday, Naira experienced huge appreciation at the official market, trading at N1,339.33 to the dollar.

Data from the official trading platform of the FMDQ Exchange, a platform that oversees the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), revealed that the Naira gained N143.48

This represents a 9.67 per cent gain when compared to the previous trading date on Friday, May 24, 2024, exchanging at N1,482.81.

However, the total daily turnover reduced to $180.80 million on Monday down from $556.25 million recorded on Friday.

Meanwhile, at the Investor’s and Exporter’s (I&E) window, the Naira traded between N1,501 and N1,310 against the dollar..

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NGX Delists Arbico Plc After 46 Years, Investors Lose N290bn

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NGX Delists Arbico Plc After 46 Years, Investors Lose N290bn

The Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) says it has delisted the entire issued share capital of Arbico Plc from its daily official list after 46 years of listing.

The NGX disclosed in its weekly official report made available to newsmen in Lagos that the company was delisted on Monday.

Arbico, a building and civil engineering construction company, was established in 1958 and listed on the Exchange in 1978.

Shareholders of the company had in March approved the voluntary delisting of the shares of the company from the bourse and sought the regulator’s approval.

NGX said: “Refer to our market bulletin of May 17, 2024, with reference number: NGXREG/IRD/MB26/24/05/17 wherein the Market was notified of the suspension placed on trading in the securities of Arbico Plc in preparation for the delisting of the company.

“Following the approval of the company’s application to delist its entire issued share capital from the NGX.

“Please be informed that the entire issued share capital of Arbico was on Monday, May 20, 2024, delisted from the daily official list of the NGX.

Also in the week, Jaiz Bank Plc, Nigeria’s first full-service non-interest financial institution, declared to pay its shareholders a dividend of 4k per share on July 16.

FBN Holdings Plc also announced to pay its shareholders a dividend of 40k on Aug. 23.

On trade, the NGX All-Share Index and Market Capitalisation depreciated by 0.52 per cent to close the week at 97,612.51 and N55.218 trillion respectively, as against 98,125.73 and N55.508 trillion respectively reported in the previous week.

As a result, investors lost a total of N290 billion this week.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower except NGX MERI Value, NGX Consumer Goods, NGX Oil and Gas, NGX Lotus ll and NGX Industrial Goods which appreciated by 1.74, 0.31, 0.72, 0.44 and 0.19 per cent while the NGX ASeM index closed flat.

Meanwhile, Trading in the top three equities namely Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc, Access Holdings Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc measured by volume accounted for 1.006 billion shares worth N20.115 billion in 6,849 deals.

This contributed 50.67 and 49.40 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively.

Also, a turnover of 1.986 billion shares worth N40.715 billion in 38,487 deals was traded this week by investors on the floor of the Exchange in contrast to  1.652 billion shares valued at N42.677 billion traded last week in 38,123 deals.

The Financial Services Industry measured by volume led the activity chart with 1.577 billion shares valued at N30.359 billion traded in 20,697 deals; thus contributing 79.41 and 74.56 per cent to the total equity turnover in volume and value respectively.

The Conglomerates Industry followed with 125.342 million shares worth N1.387 billion in 2,283 deals.

The third place was the Consumer Goods Industry, with a turnover of 77.327 million shares worth N2.446 billion in 4,916 deals.

Also, 24 equities appreciated during the week lower than 28 equities in the previous week.

53 equities also depreciated higher than 51 in the previous week, while 77 equities remained unchanged, higher than 76 recorded the previous week.

Meanwhile, Deap Capital Management and Trust Plc, FNT Cocoa Processors, Transnational Corporation, United Bank For Africa and UPDC Plc led the losers’ table.

The gainers table was led by Berger Paints, Regency Assurance Plc, Cutix Plc, McNichols Plc, and Nestle Plc.

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