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Stock Market: Capitalisation Gains N192bn; UPDC, Geregu Power lead Losers’ Chart

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NGX: Trading Activities close flat; Royal Exchange, Champion Breweries Lead Losers’ Chart 

The Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) on Tuesday recorded positive performance as the All-Share Index (ASI) gained 352.49 points or 0.67 percent to close at 52,701.31 from 52,348.82 recorded on Monday.

Also, the market capitalisation gained N192 billion or 0.67 per cent to close at N28.704 trillion as against N28.512 posted at the previous trading.

Accordingly, the year-to-date (YTD) return rose to 2.83 per cent.

The upturn was impacted by gain recorded in stock of the telecommunications, Airtel Africa.

The market breadth measured by market sentiment was positive with 15 gainers relative to 13 losers.

UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust led the gainers’ chart in percentage terms by 10 per cent to close at 3.30 per share.

MRS Oil followed with 9.93 per cent to close at N15.50, while Chellerams grew by 9.92 per cent to close at N1.33 per share.

Sunu Assurances rose  8.82 per cent to close at 37k, while McNichols appreciated by 7.02 per cent to close at 61k per share.

On the other hand, UPDC led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 6.93 per cent to close at 94k per share.

Geregu Power followed with 6.71 per cent to close at N139, while Linkage Assurance dropped by 6.38 to close at 44k per share.

Royal Exchange shed 5.26 per cent to close at 90k, while PZ went down by 5.21 per cent to close at N10 per share.

The trade turnover increased by 36.73 per cent to 228.49 million units, valued at N4.44 billion and exchanged in 3,681 deals.

Transactions in the shares of Sterling Bank topped the activity chart with 76.74 million shares valued at N118.91 million.

Chams followed with 17.57 million shares worth N5.18 million, while  Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO) traded 16.76 million shares valued at N401.98 million.

Zenith Bank traded 11.32 million shares valued at N276.03 million, while Royal Exchange transacted 10.65 million shares worth N9.34 million.

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Senate Passes Bill To Make CBN Advances To FG 15%

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Senate has passed a bill seeking to amend the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act to increase its advances to the Federal Government from five percent to a maximum of 15 percent.

The passage of the bill followed its presentation and consideration at plenary on Saturday.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Gobir Abdullahi (APC- Sokoto).

Section 38 of the CBN Act stated that “Notwithstanding the provisions of section 34(d) of the act, the bank may grant temporary advances to the Federal Government in respect of temporary deficiency of budget revenue at such rate as the bank may determine.

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It further stated that the total amount of such advances outstanding shall not at any time exceed five percent of the previous year’s actual revenue of the Federal Government.

Abdullahi, however, in his lead debate said: “Mr. President, my respected colleagues, permit me to lead the debate on this bill, which seeks to amend the CBN Act to increase the total CBN advances to Federal Government from five percent to a maximum of fifteen percent.”

According to him, the bill has been read for the first time on May 24.

He said the essence of the bill was to enable the federal government to meet its immediate and future obligation in the approval of the ways and means by the National Assembly and advances to the federal government by the CBN.

“This amendment is very consequential and it needs the support of us all, it is to enable the federal government to embark on very important projects that will inflate and rejig the economy.

“I, therefore, urge you all to support the passage of this bill,” he said.

In another development, the Senate at an emergency session on Saturday extended the implementation period for the N819 billion 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act from June 30 to Dec. 31.

This followed the consideration and expeditious passage of the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act (Amendment) Bill.

Senate Leader Ibrahim Gobir had earlier during plenary, led the debate on the general principles of the bill.

Gobir said that the bill was read for the first time on May 24.

He said that the bill sought to amend the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act to extend the implementation from June 30 to Dec. 31.

“You would recall that the National Assembly extended the implementation of the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Act from Dec. 31, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

“This was to allow full implementation of the budget, especially in light of the 2002 supplementary budget approved in Dec. 2022

“The extension had allowed MDAs to utilise a large proportion of funds released to them.

“However, a significant amount of funds remain with MDAs and will require a further extension to be fully expended.

“Given the critical importance of some key projects nearing completion, requesting a further extension of the expiration clause in the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill is expedient.

“This is to avoid compounding the problem of abandoned projects given that some of the projects were not provided for in the 2023 Budget.”

In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said that the supplementary budget approved for the executive by both chambers in December has not been implemented due to lack of releases.

”The supplementary budget meant for fixing of critical infrastructure destroyed by flood across the country last year has not been implemented due to non-releases of appropriated funds.

“As explained and requested by the executive, the duration of implementation will now be extended from June 30 earlier fixed, to Dec. 31, 2023”.

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CBN Increases Baseline Lending Rate To 18.5%

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The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has increased the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to 18.5 percent from 18 percent.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, after presenting the communique from the 291st meeting of the MPC.

The MPR is the baseline interest rate in an economy, on which every other interest rate used within an economy is built.

The committee had raised the MPR from 17.5 percent to 18 percent at its last meeting in March.

According to Emefiele, the 11 MPC members at the meeting were faced with the dilemma of whether to hold or to hike the policy rates to offset the moderate increase in headline inflation.

“Considering the option of a hold-policy, the committee reiterated the empirical counterfactual evidence and believe that the rate hikes have indeed helped moderate continued rising inflation.

“In addition, the evidence revealed that the rate hikes also helped moderate growth in new credit and reduced a pent-up aggregate demand, which had continued to heighten inflationary pressure.

“Members were unanimous in their conclusion that the current policy stance is, indeed, impacting targeted parameters and yielding the expected outcome, albeit, somewhat slowly, ” he said.

Emefiele said that the MPC members were also convinced that the current uptrend in inflationary pressure was driven by a combination of both demand and supply side issues.

“The MPC observed the continued risk to price development driven primarily by the expectation of rising energy and food prices, unabating security challenges in food-producing areas, as well as persisting exchange rate pressure.

“The committee, thus, felt it expedient to continue to address the demand side issues falling within the ambit of its policy tools,” he said.

According to him, the balance of argument thus leaned significantly in favour of a further hike, albeit less aggressively, considering the adverse impact of rising inflation on real income.

“The MPC considered that the current policy stance is moderating the rising inflation, and sustaining the stance would consolidate the gains made so far,” he said.

The CBN governor said that tightening would also support efforts toward moderating the demand-pool inflation as the cost of funds increased.

“Members, therefore, resolved by unanimous decision to raise the MPR moderately.

“10 members voted to raise the MPR by 50 basis points and one member, by 25 basis. All members voted to hold all other parameters constant.

“Members voted to raise MPR to 18.5 percent; to retain the Asymmetric Corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR, retain the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of 32.5 percent, and retain the Liquidity Ratio of 30 percent,” he said.

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Prof. Moghalu To Deliver Afreximbank 30th Anniversary Founders Day Lecture

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Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, the President of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET) will deliver the 30th Anniversary Founders Day Lecture of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

The event is billed to hold at the bank’s Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on May 8.

Moghalu was also a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),

The IGET quoted Moghalu in a statement on Tuesday, as saying, “I am honored to have been requested to deliver the Afreximbank’s 30th Anniversary Founders Day Lecture.

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“As Africa’s trade finance bank and one of the continent’s most strategically important financial institutions, Afreximbank has a central role to play in developing Africa into one of the world’s prosperity zones.”

IGET said that Moghalu’s Afreximbank lecture would focus on “Afreximbank in the next 30 years”.

It added that the lecture would also provide new perspectives on what the bank’s priorities could be over the next 30 years in the context of continental strategies such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Similarly, IGET quoted the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, as saying that Afreximbank Founders’ Day Celebration is commemorated annually to celebrate the visionary leaders who conceived the idea and contributed to the establishment of the Bank.

“It is also a platform to take stock of the contributions of the Bank towards Africa’s trade development aspirations and reflect on its future.

“The Founders’ Day, celebrated on May 8 each year, brings together over 800 diverse participants comprising all staff of Afreximbank and their spouses, African and selected non-African Ambassadors and diplomats, representatives of international organisations resident in Cairo, as well as the Bank’s clients and officials of the Egyptian Government,” Oramah quoted as saying.

IGET said that Afreximbank was established in 1993 by African Governments, African private and institutional investors as well as non-African financial institutions to provide financial solutions and advisory services for the expansion and diversification of intra-and extra-African trade.

It added that the bank has total assets of $12 billion. It was recently upgraded to “BBB” from “BBB-” by the rating agency Fitch.

The IGET is an independent, non-partisan think tank established to help African countries create inclusive growth and prosperity through effective governance, knowledge-based public policy, and economic strategy.

IGET delivers value through accessible policy briefs, executive education for public and private sector leaders, and consultancies.

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