INVESTIGATION: PoS transactions from 307,000 machines hit 15.67trn in 4 years in Nigeria

Transactions on Point of Sale (PoS) in Nigeria have hit N15.67 trillion in the last five fiscal years, Blueprint can authoritatively report. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced the PoS system and agent banking in 2013 to achieve financial inclusion and develop a cashless economy. However, this novel system of business transactions was not well embraced until recently when Nigerians troop Read More

Total equity transactions rises by 32.13% in September – NGX

October 24, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NGX) recent report on domestic and foreign Portfolio participation in equities trading showed that total equities transactions increased significantly by 32.13 per cent in the  month of September. The report showed that total equities traded rose to  to N118.15 billion ( $285.81million) against N89.42billion ($217.53million) in August. The jump in total transaction value was chiefly driven Read More

Pandora: Osun governor Oyetola denies link with London property

October 9, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has denied the alleged ownership of a property in London, United Kingdom. He also denied the purported link with the owner of the property, Mr Kolawole Aluko. In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, Sayurday, Oyetola described as ‘unfounded and untrue,’ the report linking him to the Read More

Titan Trust Bank: 2 years of service with power and pride

October 7, 2021 Opeyemi Dabiri 0

On October 4, 2021, one of the fastest growing financial service providers in Nigeria, Titan Trust Bank Limited, celebrated two years of its existence.  Established with a mission to take advantage of the identified gaps in the banking sector and address the unmet needs of the retail mass market, SMEs and corporates, Titan Trust Bank, has continued to provide seamless Read More

POS transactions in Nigeria surge, hit N4.1trn in 8 months

October 5, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Point of sale transactions carried out in Nigeria in the first eight months of the year stood at N4.06 trillion, representing a 45 percent increase compared to N2.81 trillion recorded in the corresponding period of 2020. The statistics paints a clear picture of the increased interest in the use of POS as a means of transaction, especially with Nigerians continuous Read More

NIPOST’s revenue victory: The Pantami factor

September 28, 2021 Emeka Oraetoka 0

I’ll fight injustice against NIPOST until reversed- Pantami, Vanguard newspaper, October 10, 2020. Unlike past supervising ministers, Professor Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami has shown through action that NIPOST is not an orphan and should be seen as a prime revenue generating agency for the federal government. Despite heading the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Pantami appears to know Read More

Desperate plot to defame Kpokpogri: An exercise in futility, by Tony Arugba

September 21, 2021 Tony Arugba 0

Comrade Joseph Kpokpogri is reputable for his campaign against anti-corruption. He is the publisher of Integrity Watchdog Magazine of which his reports are balanced and unbiased. His reports are not malice driven, but facts.  For the writer of the venomous publication titled “ PRINCE KPOKPOGIRI: THE NOTORIOUS BLACKMAILER & EXTORTIONIST WHO IS A CONSULTANT WITH THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES Read More

NNPC records crude oil, gas sales of $219.75m in May

September 20, 2021 Benjamin Umuteme 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it recorded a total crude oil and gas export sales of $219.75m in May 2021, representing 180.29% increase on sales from the previous month of April 2021. This is contained in the May 2021 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR), according to a press release by the Group General Read More

Bears returns as equity market sheds N30bn

September 16, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Transactions on the floor of Nigerian Exchange NGX) yesterday returned to bearish trend, shedding N30 billion on lower volume. Market Capitalisation declined by 0.14 per cent to close at N20.273 trillion from N20.303 trillion reported the previous day The NGX All Share Index also depreciated by 57.03 basis points to 38911.31 points from 38968.34 points reported on Wednesday. Investors transacted Read More

CBN probes banks over currency transactions

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it’s investigating the foreign-exchange transactions of lenders operating in the country. Following “recent occurrences in the market”, the Central Bank of Nigeria “would like to remind banks to desist from all and any forms of foreign exchange (forex) malpractices”, the regulator said in a statement on Friday. Any lenders “found culpable with ongoing Read More

Equity market;loses N55bn

September 1, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

Investment in the nation’s equity market yesterday sustained declining profile, shedding N55 billion. Specifically, market capitalisation of listed equities declined by 0.27 per cent to N20.434 trillion from N20.489 trillion reported the previous day. The Nigerian Exchange All Share Index also depreciated by 108.06 basis points to 39218.61 points from 39326.67 traded on Monday. Investors traded 425.658 million shares valued Read More

Zenith Bank launches Intelligent Chatbot, ZIVA

August 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Zenith Bank Plc, has introduced an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered Chatbot on WhatsApp named ZIVA (Zenith Intelligent Virtual Assistant), which enables customers to perform financial transactions and enjoy real-time customer service from their mobile phones. Customers can enrol by simply adding the bank’s verified WhatsApp mobile number 07040004422 on their mobile devices, agree to the legal Read More

Return of toll gates: Cost of dodging corruption

August 23, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The rulers of Nigeria have a diffident way of dodging obstacles the way the builders of the ancient Itu-Ikot Ekpene road in Akwa Ibom state did. The dust road was built in 1901 apparently with primitive tools that could not confront the horrendous natural obstacles in the terrain.The terrain, especially in Use Ikot Oku where Mary Mitchel Slessor’s tomb is, Read More

CBN cautions MfB against forex transactions, wholesale banking

August 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria has advised microfinance institutions against engaging in certain prohibited activities, including wholesale banking and foreign exchange transactions. This was disclosed in a circular titled “Cessation of non-permissible activities by microfinance banks,” signed by Ibrahim Tukur on behalf of CBN’s Financial Policy and Regulation Department. CBN said, “The Central Bank of Nigeria has observed the activities Read More

New forex policy: CBN set to sanctions banks, customers

August 12, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that it will not hesitate to sanction any customer or bank who flouts the new Foreign Exchange (Forex) policy. The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele who disclosed this on Thursday at the 357th Bankers Committee meeting held virtually noted that any individual that contravene, the new policy will be sanctioned accordingly. He disclosed Read More

EFCC nabs 2 cyber fraudsters in Lagos, forfeit assets, millions to FG

August 9, 2021 Ifeanyi Emeka 0

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boys, Alimi Seun Sikiru and Tobiloba Ibrahim Bakare, who were both convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. Aside a jail term, the judge also ordered the convicts to forfeit to the federal government the sum of N204,041,216.82; Mercedes Benz E500; Toyota Hilux Read More

Local institutional investors increaese stake in equities ahead interim dividend payment

August 8, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) recent report on domestic and foreign portfolio participation in equities trading showed that total equities market transactions increased in June 2021 compared to the volume of transactions executed in May 2021. The report revealed that domestic institutional investors gradually took position amid releases of corporates’ half-year financial results which have been generally positive and the prospect Read More

Unity Bank unveils new code to combat e-banking fraud

August 4, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

In a bid to safeguard its e-banking platforms with enhanced safety and security features, Unity Bank Plc has unveiled a new code on its USSD platform that completely puts the customer in control of his Bank Account against any e-Banking fraud. The new code which is 77999*phone number # allows customers to block access to their Bank Accounts, hence without Read More

Zoom users to start paying in August

July 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Businesses will now be charged for using Zoom in Kenya, the firm has announced. The video conferencing app says it has been forced to pass over the payment to its consumers after the government imposed a Value Added Tax (VAT) on the service. Via an e-mail sent to its customers in Kenya, the firm said Kenyans will start paying “on Read More

Nigeria records $33.35bn current account deficit in less than 3 years

July 14, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Nigeria has recorded a current account Balance of Payment deficit continuously for 9 consecutive quarters, since the first quarter of 2019, summing up to a deficit of $33.35 billion in a little over two years, according to data sourced from official quarters. Balance of Payment (BOP) is a statement that records all the monetary transactions made between residents of a Read More

BPE says no plan to privatise TCN

July 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian government does not plan to privatise the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), has said. Yunana Malo, Director, Energy Department of the BPE said at a media conference on Monday in Abuja, that the bureau would instead hand over the company to a private manager on a concession arrangement to get maximum value. Read More

FCMB records N43bn gross earnings in Q1

July 7, 2021 Amaka Ifeakandu 0

FCMB group Plc has released its scorecard for the first quarter financial period ended March 31, 2021, reporting gross earnings of N43 billiion. The company result submitted at the Nigerian Exchange showed a drop of 12 per cent in earnings compared with N49 billion reported in the comparative period of 2020. Profit before tax also went down by 22.2 per Read More

GTbank in trouble for wrong debits from customer’s account

June 22, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

One of Nigeria’s biggest banks, Guaranty Trust bank PLC, has been ordered by a Magistrate Court sitting at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to pay the sum of NI million to its customer, Dr. Sonny Ajala, as compensation for illegal and authorized withdrawals made from his account. Dr. Ajala, had in July, 2019 initiated a legal action against Guaranty Trust Read More