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Osinbajo Kicks Against CBN’s Cryptocurrency Prohibition

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Osinbajo Kicks Against CBN's Cryptocurrency Prohibition

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has kicked against the prohibition of cryptocurrency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Osinbajo however said the cryptocurrency sector can be regulated.

Speaking at a CBN Bankers’ Forum, Osinbajo added that sooner than later, blockchain technology generally and cryptocurrencies, in particular, will challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways that cannot be imagined.

He, therefore, urged the central bank to figure how to regulate the system rather than try to prohibit it.

Osinbajo’s words: “There is need for regulation and not the prohibition of Cryptocurrency. On the very topical issue of blockchain technology, digital assets, and cryptocurrencies let me say two things.

“First is that there is no question that blockchain technology generally and cryptocurrencies, in particular, will in the coming years challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways that we cannot yet imagine so we need to be prepared for that seismic shift.

“And it may come sooner than later. Already remittance systems are being challenged. Blockchain technology will provide far cheaper options for the kind of fees being paid today for cross-border transfers.

“I am sure you are all aware of the challenge that the traditional SWIFT system is facing from new systems like Ripple which is based on the blockchain distributed ledger technology with its own crypto tokens. There are, of course, a whole range of digital assets spawned…….daily from blockchain technology.

“Decentralized finance, using smart contracts to create financial instruments, in place of central financial intermediaries such as banks or brokerages are set to challenge traditional finance.

“The likes of Nexo finance offer instant loans using cryptocurrency as collateral. Some reserve banks are investigating issuing their own digital currencies. Clearly, the future of money and finance, especially for traditional banking, must be as exciting as it is frightening.

“But as we have seen in many other sectors disruption makes room for efficiency and progress.

“Secondly, I fully appreciate the strong position of the CBN, SEC, and some of the anti-corruption agencies on the possible abuses of cryptocurrencies and their other well-articulated concerns. but I believe that their position should be the subject of further reflection.

“There is a role for regulation here. And it is in the place of both our monetary authorities and SEC to provide a robust regulatory regime that addresses these serious concerns without killing the goose that might lay the golden eggs.

“So, it should be thoughtful and knowledge-based regulation, not prohibition. The point I am making is that some of the exciting developments we see the call for prudence & care in adopting them, but we must act with knowledge and not fear.”

Newsrand had reported a few weeks ago that cryptocurrency is no longer allowed in the country.

Giving a stern warning over transactions relating to cryptocurrency, the CBN, in a memo addressed to Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs), Other Financial Institutions (OFIs), and members of the public, ordered financial institutions across the country to report persons and entities transacting or operating in cryptocurrency exchanges.

Revealing why cryptocurrency was prohibited, the apex bank said amongst other reasons, digital assets promote illegality and its risks are high.

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NBS Announces Price Hike Of Cooking Gas Price in March

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NBS Announces Price Hike Of Cooking Gas Price in March

The average price for refilling a 5kg cylinder of cooking gas increased to N2, 057.71 in March from N2, 018.91 in February, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The figure is contained in the NBS “Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) Price Watch’’ for March 2021 obtained from its website by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

It said the price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for cooking gas increased by 1.92 percent month-on-month and by 3.87 percent year-on-year in the period under review.

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According to it, states with the highest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder of cooking gas are Bauchi, N2,487.46, Borno N2,397.56, and Adamawa N2,397.37.

It, however, said that states with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for cooking gas were Jigawa N1,717, Abuja N1,800.98, and Kaduna N1,825.86.

“Similarly, the average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas decreased by -0.10 percent month-on-month and increased by 4.26 percent year-on-year to N4, 359.23 in March from N4, 363.51 in February.

“States with the highest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder cooking gas were Cross River N4, 762.65, Sokoto N4, 750 and Edo N4, 728.57.

“States with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for cooking gas were Zamfara N3, 749.06, Kaduna N3, 751.27, and Katsina N3, 845.04.”

The NBS said the various prices were collected across all the 774 Local Governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from more than 10,000 respondents and locations.

It said its audit team conducted randomly selected verification of prices recorded.

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Shoprite Nigeria Now Has a Buyer, Here’s Why The Grocer Divested

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Grocery and household store, Shoprite Nigeria has recently been linked to a possible sale, due to the country’s business environment amongst other factors. But eight months after the South African biggest grocer first disclosed its plan to divest from its Nigerian retail entity, Tayo Amusan, the Chairman of Persianas Group, a real estate company, and retail service, emerged as the buyer after a successful bidding process.

At the moment, while Persianas and Shoprite refused to comment on the deal, Reuters confirmed from banking sources that the former, owned by Amusan, is currently arranging the buyout through debt.

“MBO Capital and KPMG advised Persianas while FBN Quest, a unit of FBN Holdings, is arranging the debt”, the sources said, adding that Investec advised Shoprite.

Why Shoprite chose to divest

In recent times, Shoprite has been loud about its intention to divest from Nigeria. The divestment, according to industry sources, may not be unconnected to currency devaluations, stiff competition, and unfavourable business environment.

Competition: In 2002 when Shoprite expanded into Nigeria, it was with excitement as many Nigerians wanted to have a ‘feel-good’ experience of shopping from the giant retailer. Given the fact that ‘a doing-well business’ attracts competitors in its thriving environment and moment, little did Shoprite know that the fairy-tale would not last forever.

As the year goes by, Shoprite started welcoming competitors like -Park n Shop which later rebranded to Spar, Ebeano, Citydia, and Adiba. Mounting pressure on Shoprite Nigeria’s market dominance, the monopoly the retail giant enjoyed at the time it launched, started breaking, as retail outlets started making their presence in every neighbourhood in the country.

Currency devaluations: In the past years, the naira has lost its value as it relates to its exchange against the dollar. Since March last year (2020), the naira has been devalued no less than twice, leaving business owners in the country with profitability issues to deal with. As it is in the case of Shoprite where most of the products it sells are imported, it is spending more on its offerings to consumers, resulting in lesser profits or losses.

It is also pertinent to note that like every other supermarket, Shoprite sells on low margins compared to prices in shops. Therefore, the more products that are being sold, the more profitability.

Nigeria’s business environment: The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has introduced some economic policies, some of which are affecting Shoprite’s business flow in the country. Amongst the policies is the banning of foreign exchange (forex) for the importation of local substitutes. Aside from the fact that the forex ban limits the number of products Shoprite can sell and how many new shelves it can make available on each of its floor spaces, the policy also leaves the retailer with supply chain challenges.

More so, for Shoprite, Naira’s susceptibility to exchange rate is another major challenge. Since the company makes money in Naira, it must convert its earnings in the country to dollars before converting back to Rands.

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NGX Group launches new brand identity and website

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Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) Plc, a leading integrated market infrastructure Group in Africa, has launched its new corporate brand identity and website today, 13 April 2021.

The launch of the new identity follows the demutualisation of The Nigerian Stock Exchange and the resulting creation of the non-operating holding company NGX Group Plc and its subsidiaries: Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, the operating exchange; NGX Regulation (NGX RegCo) Limited, the independent regulatory arm of the Exchange; and NGX Real Estate (NGX RelCo) Limited, the real estate company.

The NGX brand identity follows a monolithic brand architecture, which will facilitate the formation of any new subsidiary by leveraging existing brand equity. The identity is inspired by the arrows of the stock exchange ticker tape as well as monetary exchange between a buyer and seller. These arrows are stylised to form an ‘N’ and denote the act of collaboration.

Speaking on the development, the Group Chief Executive Officer, NGX Group, Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, OON stated, “We are very excited about the launch of our new brand identity and website at this pivotal time in our history. Influenced by the dynamism and resilience of our market in both good and challenging times, our new identity, which builds on our rich heritage, reflects who we are today, our ambitions for the future, and our resolve to deliver superior value to our stakeholders. As we step into the NGX era, we remain committed to achieving the highest level of competitiveness, both in African and global capital markets”.

Together with the new vibrant, modern, and responsive website, NGX Group offers an enriched user experience. Accessible via ngxgroup.com, information about the group and the various subsidiaries are independently situated but featured as one website. With its centralised home page and clearly delineated tabs for each subsidiary, the new site delivers relevant content in a clean and organised way to provide visitors easy access and navigation to all the information they require.

In consolidating its group perspective, NGX Group has also rebranded its social media assets. The brand can now be found on Instagram and Twitter using the handle ‘@ngxgrp’; and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube using the handle, ‘ngxgroup’.

The new brand identity and digital assets reflect the vibrant, disciplined, inspired, and engaging personality of NGX Group and its subsidiaries. They are designed to make a distinctive and positive impression, even as the organisation continues to provide a platform for investors and issuers to meet their investment objectives.

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