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Apr

NCC Urges Banks And Financial Institutions To Accept IP Asset Collateralization In Order To Help SMEs

The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has urged banks and financial institutions to accept IP asset collateralization in order to help SMEs in the creative sector and increase their contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (GDP). Mr John O. Asein, Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), stated in a statement signed by the commission’s Director of Public Relations, Mr Vincent Oyesefor, that copyright, like other IP properties, has importance that should be exploited for long-term national growth. According to him, the commission is willing to collaborate with relevant agencies and stakeholders to further investigate this issue. “SMEs are […]

27

Apr

FG Disagrees With World Bank, That Nigeria Spent $1.5b On Electricity

The government demands that SBT increase collection by N65 billion and 600,000 meters. Ahmad Rufai Zakari, the President’s Special Adviser on Infrastructure, yesterday slammed a World Bank study claiming that the Federal Government spends at least $1.5 billion to address the country’s electricity shortage. According to the presidential aide, the World Bank report, which also reported that 78 percent of power users in Nigeria have less than 12 hours of regular electricity supply, was unfounded. Although the World Bank reported that the Nigerian government is currently subsidizing the power sector with about $1.5 billion, mostly due to tariff shortfalls, Zakari[…]

26

Apr

In One Year, Banks Laid Off 8,584 Employees

The banking sector has not been spared as companies restructure to conform to the current standard, with the number of workers in the industry falling by 8.3% in December 2019 relative to December 2019. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Selected Banking Sector Report, the number of banking employees fell by 8,584 in the fourth quarter of 2020, to 95,026 as of December 31, 2020, compared to 103,610 in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant effect on bank activities, with many branches closing to limit contact and many of the affected employees being temporary employees. In the[…]