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Some heart warming testimonies came from the Graduate Internship scheme (GIS) as graduates who completed the program have been telling success stories of their experience in Lokoja the Kogi State capital during their exit training at Halims Hotel.
A graduate of Banking and Finance from Kogi State University Musa Ibrahim gave a mind blowing testimony of how he was able to save N320,000 from the N30, 000 stipend he was being paid while on internship at Community secondary commercial school Anigba to purchase a used Toyota Carina II.
He said the vehicle became a source of income from the business of taxi in the community while he continued with the program.
 “I was teaching in a secondary school. Based on the GIS training and my skill in driving and the need of the environment, I used my saving to buy a used Toyota CarinaII for mobility and and for taxi for survival while I continued with the program.”
Another graduate of Federal Polytechnic Idah department of architectural technology School of Environmental Studies Ibrahim Isah Achile also narrated how he was able to come up with life earning from agricultural activity; poultry farming and fish farming.
‘I can boast of some source of income now which has given me more than what I used to get.’
He said he did his internship with Government Technical College Idah saying that after the internship activities he used to return home for the farms.
“I use the period to take my students on architectural training which is my original field. I taught them on how to make designs. They have been able to come up on their own with different designs of which the GIS monitors from Lokoja and the trainers of the program sent down delegations to look at their work and we were able to give GIS a name.
We are asking the Federal Government to expand the program to accommodate more upcoming graduates yet to be employed.
Sule Blessing Oluwatosun Public Administration graduate of the Kogi State Polytechnic said GIS has put an urge in her to go for further studies especially in teaching to start her own private school.
Having been armed with how to fight and find their way out in the labour market she said she is better placed.
Consultant for Federal Ministry of Finance on GIS Brain Nwaezike said the scheme was coming at the right time when the country needed to change its stereotypical ways of doing things and diversify the economy.
 He said the Government discovered that the Nigerian graduates unemployable as most firms find it difficult to employ them because they don’t have employable skills that can keep them in organizations.
 “A lot if them come out and since they don’t have those employable skills they are unemployed thereby they cause some problems for the economy.
“When we train them we give them employability skills while Government attaches them for the next twelve months do internship within which period they get stipend of N30000.
 “We are giving them financial skill on how to save and invest properly and once they are through even if the companies does not retain them they can become entrepreneurs or employers of labour or become role models to others with what they have gained from this program.”
 Brain pointed out that they can become small and medium scale business people.
He said the training is‎ for new intents that have been fixed in different organizations where they are serving.
“Some are attached to agricultural companies that are into sales, education sector, films that provides consultancy services while others are attached to artisans to produce things.”
“These are the skills they need to start on their own.”
Company representative for Ancient of Days Jerry Amana who said the program is starting/exit training indicated that while the new interns were given orientation as they were being brought on board, those exiting after the one year experience were given exit training in preparation for what they would meet after the stipend of N30, 000 monthly is no more.
The other area they focuse attention on is on how they can market themselves, personal branding, to get job from the job market, how to do business proposal and become entrepreneur. 
He expressed the optimism that many of them would be having what it takes to be very competitive in labour market to get themselves something that they would be doing for a living.
“We have had testimonies of people that passed through this program and are doing very well outside there. They would now become people that can give back to the society by contributing to the welfare and development of this country, for themselves and their families.”
The GIS conceived as a social safety net component of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) is also a stop gap in curbing insecurity and other social vices in Kogi State‎ Mr Fidelis Umenyia also indicated.
Umenyia a staff of the Federal ministry of Finance spoke at the project’s Career Development and Entrepreneurship Skills Training for interns held at Halims Hotel Lokoja at the weekend.
‎Speaking against the background of the security challenges in Kogi State caused by high rate of unemployment, Umenyia said the graduates who are successfully enrolled may have been taken off the street hence they would not be available for crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery.
He expressed the optimism that should the program be sustained more graduates would have learned to be self reliant and even become employers of labour if they actually put what they would be taught in to practice.

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SEC moves to introduce fintech in Nigeria’s capital market

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The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda has indicated that the Capital Market would soon be strengthened with Finance Technology

Yuguda spoke on Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate committee on Capital Market to defend the commission’s 2021 budget proposal.

Fintech relates to any business that uses technology to enhance or automate financial services and processes thereby fixing problems in financial infrastructure.

Fintech companies operate by receiving information from customers before helping them make payment, refund a sale, look up details of a transaction, and set up a billing plan among other things.

2020 saw the rise of fintech startups in Nigeria. In October, American fintech giant, PayStripe acquired a Nigerian counterpart, Paystack for over $200 million to expand into the African Continent.

Speaking on plans to launch into fintech, the DG said: “We are implementing the FINTECH road map. We are also contextualising the regulatory independent framework to on board FINTEX into the capital market.

“We have just released draft rules for the crowdfunding in our regulation. We have received set of comments from the market and very soon we will be releasing these rules to the public.”

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate committee on Capital Market, Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun) called for strengthening of the country’s Commodity Exchanges to make the market robust and functional.

He said: “We know a lot more can be done, so we urge you to do more especially to introduce new products and consolidate on the existing ones, carry out research on other capital markets across the globe to align with global best practices.”

Amosun equally tasked stakeholders in the sector to work towards domestication of Nigerian products to encourage local investors.

“The Capital Market needs to re-activate our alternate Market, and bring on board unlisted multinational companies, in order to develop a robust Capital Market. These informal sectors as we are all aware is a driving force that will dominate our nation’s economy.

“I encourage all the stakeholders present here to strategise on how to encourage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and multinational companies to participate in the Nigeria Capital Market.

“Let me remind us that, the money market is already dominating the capital market due to reasons such as; system failure, lack of transparency in operations, insider abuse, etc. To this end, the Investments and Securities Act (IST) will be reviewed. We urge all the stakeholders as a matter of urgency to intimate us all areas that require legislation in order to promote the Capital Market”, he said.

On the issue of Unclaimed Dividends, the Senator urged SEC and Central Securities Clearing System to work on it, for investors’ confidence and growth of the Capital Market.

“The idle or dormant funds in our system is quite worrisome considering the role those funds can play in the capital Market.  Any financial system that is characterized with enormous wasteful resources in the midst of lack and financial challenges is not proactive. 

“Stakeholders must come up with robust solutions to harness the idle funds and see how it can be channeled into productive ventures”, he said.

Amosun encouraged stakeholders to study what is obtainable in other Capital Markets across the globe and “enact relevant policy framework to eradicate these dormant resources, proffer long lasting solutions to stem such wasteful occurrence.”

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The senate has called on stakeholders in the financial sector to come up with robust solutions to harness idle funds in Nigeria capital market to be channeled into productive ventures.
This was coming against the backdrop of poor performance and lost of confidence by investors in the Nigerian capital market.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market, Sanator Ibikunle Amosun made the call on Wednesday in his opening remarks at the 2021 capital market budget defence.

He expressed further concern on the issue of Unclaimed Dividends, which must be thoroughly dealt with by SEC and CSCS, for investors’ confidence and growth of the Capital Market.

“The idle or dormant funds in our system is quite worrisome considering the role those funds can play in the capital Market. Any financial system that is characterized with enormous wasteful resources in the midst of lack and financial challenges is not proactive”.

“The money market is already dominating the capital market due to reasons such as; system failure, lack of transparency in operations, insider abuse, etc, adding that the Investments and Securities Act (IST) will be reviewed.

“These informal sectors as we are all aware is a driving force that will dominate our nation’s economy. I encourage all the stakeholders present here to strategise on how to encourage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and multinational companies to participate in the Nigeria Capital Market.

He further urged stakeholders in the capital market to all the stakeholders to intimate his Committee on all areas that require legislation in order to promote the Capital Market.

“Stakeholders must come up with robust solutions to harness the idle funds and see how it can be channeled into productive ventures.”

He therefore called on all stakeholders in the sector to study what is obtainable in other Capital Markets across the globe and enact relevant policy framework to eradicate dormant resources and proffer long lasting solutions to stem such wasteful occurrence.

“We cannot succeed where there is no cordial relationship between all players in the capital market as this may erode the confidence of both local and foreign investors.

“Furthermore, for us to operate a vibrant Capital Market, we must continuously train key stakeholders and members of staff on new trends and developments in the Capital Market to keep abreast with global best practices”, he advised

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Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) has promised to deliver affordable housing for its members.
A new board was constituted after the last management was accused of embezzling over N200m for which the matter is in court.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said the association is building confidence and credibility after the mismanagement that affected its clients.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to let the public know the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

Edego said with what the new management team has put on ground they believe their members and the general public will have confidence in the new team to deliver affordable housing for them.

“By a persons impact, performance, character and sincerity as well as walking the talk, with time people will see that the project is a reality”

He said the major problem as a people is lack of sincerity and that once people see that a person is sincere they will trust him to deliver.

“The major problem bedevilling the country is integrity. Many people especially in property development, more than 60% collect money from people and the public generally yet there is nothing on ground to show for it.
“That is why we removed the former executive members and then came up with elected people of integrity.
“Our chairman is a paramount ruler of impeccable integrity. I am a legal practitioner I have my law firm at Jennifer plaza Central area.
“So you have people with verifiable address. We are people that people can enquire and link up with our character.  “They know that for our records we are people of integrity and we are sure that by God’s grace they will not be disappointed”

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public

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