Connect with us

Business

Why We Introduced Digitalized Cash Transfer Payments – FG

Published

on

The Federal Government said the introduction of digitalized cash transfer payment will help in addressing some lapses while operating the analog payment system.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed this at the official flag-off of the grant for vulnerable groups as well as the digitized payment for conditional cash transfer held in Dutse, Jigawa State.

She explained that part of the program lapses is the use of an analog system of the payment which caused delays in the payment process.

Advertisement

The Minister said the exercise is to create room for a reliable, transparent, and accessible database for seamless disbursement to beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer.

“It is a POS process of transferring cash grants to beneficiaries to ensure accountability and transparency in the process,” the minister said.

The minister, however, explained that the Federal Government had also introduced the Grant for Vulnerable Groups program (GVG) to sustain the social inclusion agenda of President Buhari’s Administration.

“It is designed to provide a one-off N20,000 grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians in rural and peri-urban areas in all the 36 States of the Federation to improve their productivity and their commercial activity, all of which will help in easing them out of poverty.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Nigeria Loses N101bn Worth Of Oil, OPEC Says

“In Jigawa State is to disburse the grant to 4,537 beneficiaries across the 27 Local Government Areas out of which 70% of the total number of beneficiaries is for women while the remaining 30% is for the youths”

“It is consistent with the national target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.”

The minister also urged all the beneficiaries to utilize the grant judiciously to address poverty which today is the core developmental challenge.

Advertisement

Business

CAC To Cancel Certificates Of BDCs With Revoked Licences

Published

on

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has said it would cancel the certificates of incorporation of Bureaux De Change(BCDs) whose licences have been revoked by the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN).

The Nation reported in February the CBN revoked the licences of 4,173 Bureau De Change operators over their failure to meet regulatory guidelines.

In a statement by its acting Director, Corporate Communications, Sidi Hakama, CBN explained that the regulatory provisions flouted include nonpayment of all necessary fees within the stipulated period.

Advertisement

CBN said: “The affected institutions failed to observe at least one of the following regulatory provisions: Payment of all necessary fees, including licence renewal, within the stipulated period in line with the guidelines.

READ ALSO: FEC Steps Down Projects From Past Govts For Review

“Rendition of returns in line with the guidelines; compliance with guidelines, directives, and circulars of the CBN, particularly Anti-Money Laundering, Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation Financing regulations.”

However, in line with the above directive by the CBN, the CAC in a notice on its website on Wednesday, said the certificates would be cancelled within three months if the affected companies do not change the names and objects of such companies.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Actress Joke Silva Celebrates Legendary Husband At 82

The general public is hereby informed that following the revocation of the operational licenses of 4,173 Bureau De Change companies by the Central Bank of Nigeria vide a Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette (Vol. 111) No. 37 of February 27, 2024 for noncompliance with Regulatory Standards, the Corporate Affairs Commission in the exercise of its powers under section 8(1)(e) of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 advises these companies to within three months from the date of this publication, change the names and objects of such companies.

“Failure to change the names and objects within the stipulated time frame shall result in cancellation of certificate of incorporation and dissolution. It is to be noted that it is unlawful for a company whose certificate has been deemed dissolved to carry on business,” the CAC notice reads.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Business

FG Suspends Taxes On Maize, Wheat, Rice, Others

Published

on

The Federal Government has suspended duties, tariffs and taxes on some essential food items imported through land and sea borders.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, announced this at the National Press Centre, Abuja.

Kyari also said the Federal Government has also inaugurated the Renewed Hope National Livestock Transformation Implementation Committee to develop and implement policies that prioritize livestock development and align with the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

Advertisement

He stated that the listed food items, which include maize, wheat, husked brown rice and cowpeas, will enjoy a 150-day Duty-Free Import Window.

READ ALSO: 10 Safest Countries In The World In 2024

He added that the move is part of the Presidential Accelerated Stabilization and Advancement Plan, which is aimed at achieving food security and economic stability in the country.

According to him: “The Federal Government has announced a 150-day Duty-Free Import Window for Food Commodities, suspension of duties, tariffs and taxes for the importation of certain food commodities (through land and sea borders). These commodities include maize, husked brown rice, wheat and cowpeas.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Court Orders Buhari’s Minister To Account For N729bn Payment To Poor Nigerians

“Under this arrangement, imported food commodities will be subjected to a Recommended Retail Price (RRP).

“I am glad to reiterate that the Government’s position exemplifies standards that would not compromise the safety of the various food items for consumption.

“In addition to the importation by the private sector, the Federal Government will import 250,000MT of wheat and 250,000MT of maize. The imported food commodities in their semi-processed state will target supplies to the small-scale processors and millers across the country.”

Advertisement

Continue Reading

Business

CAC Extends PoS Registration Deadline 

Published

on

The Corporate Affairs Commission has announced the approval to extend the mandatory Point of Sales agents, super agents and sole agents registration to September 5th, 2024.

The commission made the announcement in a statement signed by its management and posted on its Facebook page on Saturday, giving a 60-day extension.

It said the extension is to give sufficient time to operators particularly those in remote areas who might have encountered network challenges to so register and continue with their businesses.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: JUST IN: UK’s Labour Party Wins General Election

The statement read, “The Corporate Affairs Commission wishes to notify Fintech Operators also known as Point of Sales Operators that the initial deadline of 7th July 2024 given for the registration of sole Agents, Super Agents and Agents has been extended for sixty days beginning from 7th July 2024 to the 5th September 2024.

“This is to give sufficient time to Operators particularly those in remote areas who might have encountered network challenges to so register and continue with their businesses.”

It added operators who continue to disobey after the new deadline will risk losing their businesses and facing prosecution for assisting criminal activities.

Advertisement

“Operators who fail or refuse to register at the end of the extended deadline run the risk of losing such businesses and prosecution for aiding and abetting criminal activities,” it said.

 

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Trending