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LCCI Proposes Recapitalisation Guidelines for Rescued Banks

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Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has proposed guidelines for recapitalisation for the banks recently rescued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
LCCI second quarterly report released and presented by Otunba Femi Deru, the President of the Chamber listed guidelines which are mandatory for the smooth recapitalisation of the challenged institutions.
The report stated that the proposed recapitalisation of the rescued banks and the decision of the CBN to invite investors has generated intense concerns among stakeholders in the banking industry.
According to the report, “Our position is that the process should be done in line with the relevant laws and within the statutory framework prescribed under the Companies Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and the Banks Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA).” 
Enumerating the guidelines, LCCI said the necessary first step should be to invite existing shareholders to recapitalise their banks failing which new investors will be called upon to take up any outstanding shares.
LCCI added that in the process of recapitalisation, the Board of Directors of the affected banks in consultation with CBN should call a Board of Directors meeting to fix the amount of recapitalistaion required and articulate the modalities for rights offer.
It explained that an Extraordinary General Meeting should be held by the Board to approve the scheme subject to the approval by the CBN.
“Deadlines should be fixed for payment of the rights offer. Only offers not paid up by the set deadline will be available to new investors. After conclusion of all the payments, a final Extraordinary General Meeting should be called to elect new directors.”
“In our view this is the appropriate course of action to follow in this matter,”
LCCI also lamented that the rate of unemployment in the Nigerian economy is currently one of the highest in the world standing at 19.7 percent.
The Chamber stated that over 50 percent of the youths in the urban areas are unemployed saying that it is a very disheartening situation for parents who had laboured and strained to educate these youths.
According to the Chamber, the state of affairs has assumed the dimension of an economic and social crisis adding that there is a relationship between rising criminality and unemployment.
Proffering solutions to the unemployment crisis, LCCI proposed that there is an urgent need to increase support for SMEs and business start-up through capacity building and funding, encourage domestication of private and public sector spending in order to boost the multiplier effect of domestic spending on the economy, promote sectoral linkages in the economy in order for economic sectors to be mutually supportive and to give a greater attention to the agricultural sector which he said has enormous job creation potentials.
LCCI said that the credit crisis which was triggered by the banking sector reforms in the second quarter of the year has made investors face challenges in accessing credit saying that the issue is not that of scarcity of loanable funds or absence of liquidity but is a case of tight credit criteria
LCCI pointed out that in the first six months of the year, the stock market recovery was slow adding that all share index grew by 25 percent while market capitalisation grew by 23 percent.
It added that with increased liquidity in the banking system and the low returns in the money market, there is expectation for a much faster recovery in the market than is presently the case.

 


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CBN Pulls Rate Cut Trigger, King Dollar Returns

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By Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM,

In a move that caught investors off-guard this week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) slashed interest rates by 100 basis points bringing the MPR to 11.5%. Given how inflation has been above target since 2015, rates were expected to remain unchanged for the rest of 2020 and possibly early 2021.

 

The question on the mind of many is whether the rate cut will achieve the desired effect by stimulating consumption and economic growth? Ongoing border closures and disruptions created by COVID-19 have pushed inflation to levels not seen since March 2018 above 13.20% while a drop in the production and price of Oil continues to rub salt into the wound. While looser monetary policy could support growth, it may come at the cost of rising inflation and weaker Naira.

 

Over the past few months, central banks across the globe have deployed unprecedented measures to defend their respective economies against the coronavirus menace. However, fiscal policy has been identified as the sharper tool with governments across the world providing a critical lifeline to keep the wheels of their respective economies rolling.

 

Outside of Nigeria, King Dollar made a return by appreciating against every single G10 currency. In times of uncertainty, everyone wants a juicy piece of the world’s most liquid currency. As coronavirus cases rise in Europe and other parts of the world, the flight to safety is likely to boost appetite for the Dollar. This is bad news for many emerging markets currencies, especially those with high Dollar-denominated debt.

 

On the commodity side, Oil prices remain heavily influenced by demand-side factors and the state of the global economy. Prices are likely to remain stuck around the $40 regions in the near term, especially If another round of possible lockdowns hit Oil demand. Looking at the technicals, WTI Crude is under pressure on the daily charts. If prices are unable to break away from the sticky $40 regions, the next key point of interest remains around $38. A weekly close above $41.50 could pave a path towards $43.


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.

“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.

“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.

He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.

Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.

“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.

Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.

 


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NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.

 

The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.

 

A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.

 

This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.

 

Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.

 

Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.

 

They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.

 

Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.

 

According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.

 

However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”

 

The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.

 

Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.

 


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