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NCAA to carry out financial audit on 8 remaining domestic airlines

NCAA to carry out financial audit on 8 remaining domestic airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced it is carrying out economic and financial audits of 8 remaining domestic airlines in Nigeria, according to NAN.

This was disclosed by Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, NCAA, during an interview with journalists in Lagos on Wednesday.

Last month saw the grounding of Dana Airlines and the temporary suspension of Aero Contractors services last month, due to the impact of the challenging environment on its daily operations, which led to failures in meeting financial obligations.

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Captain Nuhu revealed that the audit is to determine the financial health conditions of the airlines, adding that they have commenced intensive financial and economic audits on 3 other indigenous airlines, which will be followed by the other 5 airlines soon.

While Aero Contractors voluntarily suspended its operations, NCAA grounded the services of Dana Air, following its alleged failure to run safe operations.

”The remaining 8 scheduled airlines are: Air Peace, Arik Air, Max Air, Green Africa, United Nigeria, Overland, Azman Air and Ibom Air,” he said.

He added that the scarcity of foreign exchange and high price of Jet A1, has brought about challenges in Nigeria’s aviation industry, and urged that the regulator will not keep its guards down on safety.

We are currently conducting financial and economic audits of airlines in the country. We have done two or three and other airlines will be taken in batches. I will discuss with the airline’s management on the way forward.

“Like I said, we have a financial crisis and we don’t want it to cross over into a safety crisis. We need to manage the situation.

For now, we remain focused while working to address the solution to the financial difficulties in the airlines. This cannot go on forever, so we are working round-the-clock to find a solution.

“Yes, it is a very difficult situation, but we are just going to do what we are doing. We are working together and collaborating with others to address the situation in the industry,” he added.

On the suspension of Dana Air operations, he said that during the financial and economic audit of the airline, the NCAA discovered some “grave concerns” in the operations of the airline that could affect safety.

What you should know

  • Nairametrics reported last month that Nigeria’s oldest surviving private airline, Aero Contractors, announced a temporary suspension of passenger flight operations from Wednesday, July 20, due to the impact of the challenging environment on its daily operations.
  • Aero said that the past few months have been very challenging for the aviation industry and airline operators in particular, with high cost of maintenance, skyrocketing fuel prices, inflation and forex scarcity, resulting in high foreign exchange rate.
  • Also, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) ordered the indefinite grounding of Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
  • It said findings of an investigation conducted on the Airline’s flight operations recently also revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.

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Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Surges To 19.64%

Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Surges To 19.64%

The country’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the level of price change in goods and services, hit 19.64 percent in July 2022 from the 18.60 percent recorded in the last month.

This means a 1.82% month-on-month hike, according to the (CPI) report for July 2022 released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday.

“On a month-on-month basis, the Headline inflation rate in July 2022 was 1.817 %, which was 0.001% higher than the rate recorded in June 2022 (1.816 %),” the NBS added.

“The percentage change in the average CPI for the twelve months period ending July 2022 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve months period was 16.75%, showing a 0.46% increase compared to 16.30% recorded in July 2021.”

According to the NBS report, the country’s urban inflation increased by 2.08% to 20.09% in July 2022 from 18.01% in July 2021. On the other hand, the rural inflation rate reached 19.22% from 16.75% in the corresponding period of 2021.

“On a month-on-month basis, the food inflation rate in July was 2.04%, this was a 0.01% insignificant decline compared to the rate recorded in June 2022 (2.05%),” the agency equally noted in its latest report.

“This decline is attributed to a reduction in the prices of some food items like Tubers, Maize, Garri, and Vegetables.

“The average annual rate of food inflation for the twelve-month period ending July 2022 over the previous twelve-month average was 18.75%, which was a 1.42% points decline from the average annual rate of change recorded in July 2021 (20.16%).”

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Nigeria’s SEC says its Capital Market Master Plan is protecting investors, enhancing market confidence

Nigeria’s SEC says its Capital Market Master Plan is protecting investors, enhancing market confidence

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stated that its Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP) initiative is promoting transparency, protecting investors and enhancing market confidence.

The SEC stated this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, disclosing the success of the scheme in the last 8 years, according to NAN.

It said the 10-year CMMP was launched in November 2014 to reposition Nigeria as an attractive investment destination.

What they are saying

The SEC disclosed that the plan was launched to make Nigeria a viable investment destination and critical facilitator of capital formation for accelerated growth and development.

It added that initiatives launched under the scheme include direct cash settlement, regularisation of multiple subscriptions, and introduction of the electronic dividend management system and dematerialisation of share certificates.

The commission also stated that it was ready to hold its second Capital Market Committee (CMC) meeting for exchange of ideas among market stakeholders.

  • The meeting would be an avenue to provide feedback to the SEC on how to continuously address challenges, improve market operations and enhance its regulatory framework.
  • ”It is an industry-wide committee comprising members of SEC, representatives of capital market operators, trade groups and other stakeholders.
  • During the meeting, issues on implementation of the ten-yeah CMMP, Fintech roadmap, the commodities trading ecosystem roadmap and matters relating to the economy will be discussed,” the SEC said.

In case you missed it

  • Recall Nairametrics reported in May, that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had released new rules for Digital Assets as part of its effort to regulate digital/virtual assets such as Bitcoins and NFTs.
  • This is contained in a recently released document titled, “New Rules on Issuance, Offering Platforms, and Custody of Digital Assets” essentially legalizing digital assets such as cryptocurrencies in Nigeria.
  • SEC said Digital Asset players will now include Digital Asset Offering Platforms (DAOPs), Digital Asset Custodians (DACs), Virtual Assets Service Providers (VASPs), and Digital Assets Exchange (DAX).
  • The rules apply to all platforms that support the trading, exchange and transfer of virtual assets, all issuers and sponsors of virtual/digital assets, including international and non-residential issuers and sponsors; and any operator that aggressively targets Nigerian investors.

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E-payments in Nigeria hit N204.5 trillion between January and July 2022 – NIBSS

E-payments in Nigeria hit N204.5 trillion between January and July 2022 – NIBSS

The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS) has said that transactions worth N204.5 trillion were performed electronically in Nigeria between January and July this year through the NIBSS Instant Payment platform (NIP). This shows a 40% increase in e-payments in the country when compared with N145.8 trillion recorded in the same period last year.

The surge in electronic transactions shows that more Nigerians are embracing the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

According to NIBSS, the value of e-payment recorded was a reflection of the increase in the volume of deals within the period. The NIP volume rose to 2.7 billion in the seven months, showing a 42% increase over 1.9 billion recorded in the same period last year.

Data provided by NIBSS

Monthly analysis

  • An analysis of the 7 months data just released by NIBSS showed that the NIP platform recorded N26.6 trillion transactions in January. Year on year, this was a 43.7% increase over N18.5 trillion recorded in the same month of last year.
  • Similarly, in February, deals worth 27.2 trillion were sealed over the electronic platform. Compared with February 2021 when N18.3 trillion was recorded, this represented 48.6% growth.
  • In March, the platform recorded N31.8 trillion in transactions, a 44.5% increase over the N22 trillion recorded in the same month last year.
  • The value of transactions on the NIP platform stood at N29.2 trillion in April this year. This also shows a 41.6% increase over the N20.6 trillion recorded in April 2021
  • In May, the value of e-payment transactions stood at N29.6 trillion, a 43% increase compared with N20.7 trillion recorded in the same period last year.
  • The NIP transactions rose to N31.7 trillion in June 2022, a 37% growth over N23.1 trillion posted same time in 2021.
  • The data for July also reflected a 31% increase from N22.4 trillion last year to N29.3 trillion this year.

The NIBSS Instant Payments (NIP) is an account-number-based, online-real-time Inter-Bank payment solution developed in the year 2011 by NIBSS. It is the Nigerian financial industry’s preferred funds transfer platform that guarantees instant value to the beneficiary.

According to NIBSS, over the years, Nigerian banks have exposed NIP through their various channels, that is, internet banking, bank branch, Kiosks, mobile apps, Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), POS, ATM, etc. to their customers.

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