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NGX moves 232.85m shares worth N1.85bn in cautious trading



The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Ltd on Friday moved 232.85 million shares worth N1.85 billion in 3,351 deals.

The turnover represented a growth of 24.97 per cent when compared with 186.33 million valued at N1.79 billion traded in 3,595 deals on Thursday.

Transacorp dominated the activity chart with 45.13 million shares worth N42.14 million.

Mutual Benefits followed with an account of 29.26 million shares valued at N8.87 million, while GTCO sold 22.09 million shares worth N614.25 million.

Zenith Bank exchanged 16.36 million shares valued at N399.14 million, while etranzact traded 13.84 million shares worth N26.81 million.

Also, the NGX All-Shares improved marginally by 8.47 points or 0.02 per cent to close at 39,485.65 from 39,477.18 on Thursday.

Similarly, the market capitalisation increased by N4 billion or 0.02 per cent to N20.572 trillion from N20.568 trillion achieved on Thursday.

Morrison Industry led the gainers’ table in percentage terms, gaining 9.47 per cent to close at N1.85 per share.

FTN Cocoa followed with 9.09 per cent to close at 48k, while Sovereign Trust Insurance gained 8.70 per cent to close at 25k per share.

UPDC was up by 8.28 to close at N1.83, while Boc Gas added 6.31 per cent to close at N11.80 per share.

On the other hand, Unilever led the losers’ chart in percentage terms, shedding 10 per cent to close at N13.50 per share.

NASCON trailed with 9.87 per cent to N14.15, while AIICO Insurance lost 4.85 per cent to close at 98k per share.

Veritas Kapital dipped 4.17 per cent to close at 23k, while Transcorp declined by 3.16 per cent to close at 92k per share.


I’m planning to settle down – Rapper Falz reveals




Nigerian rapper Folarin Falana, aka Falz, has revealed he is planning to start a family.

The 33-year-old said he is considering getting married soon, adding that he would be open to having children in three years time.

Falz The Bahdguy disclosed this in a recent interview with actress Chinasa Anukam.

The host asked: “Are you planning to settle down? Yes or no?”

After dilly-dallying, Falz replied, “Yeah.”

Asked how many years he is looking at to have children, the rapper said, “The next three years.”

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35.1m Nigerians living with disabilities – Commission



Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD), says 35.1 million Nigerians are currently living with disabilities.

He made this known during a one-day programme for the issuance of permanent certificates to persons with disabilities in the southeast, held in Owerri on Friday.

The NCPWD boss, represented by the commission’s acting Director, Compliance and Enforcement, Mr Ikem Uchegbulam, said that the figure is based on report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He explained that the programme was aimed at sensitising persons with disabilities about the benefits of certification, in line with Section 28 of the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities Act.

He added that while temporary disability certificates could be issued by medical doctors in the event that a person happens to be unable to make use of a body part for some time, permanent disability certificates are issued by the NCPWD.

According to him, only persons with valid disability certificate can obtain and claim remedies under the Act, thus the need for all Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to obtain certificate.

Lalu also said that “in addition to acting as means of identification, the Act has made the certificate legal requirement for obtaining remedy from the law court, hence the need for possession of the certificate.

“A recent WHO report estimates that about 35.1 million persons have disabilities in Nigeria, so, the commission is doing its best to ensure that they have access to all their rights as enshrined in the constitution.”

The Imo Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Mrs Nkechi Ugwu, thanked the commission for efforts toward alleviating the plight of PWDs.

Ugwu, who was represented by the ministry’s Director of Administration and Finance, Mrs Ozioma Nwigwe, said the Imo Government would continue to champion the cause of persons living with disabilities in the state.

The event was attended by clusters of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disabilities, including the visually impaired, deaf and the dump. 

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EPL: Ten Hag to sign Bundesliga top scorer for Man Utd



Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, is eyeing a deal for Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy.

Ten Hag wants to add competition to his squad for Rasmus Hojlund.

Guirassy is enjoying an incredible start to the season with 15 goals in only eight Bundesliga starts

According to the UK Guardian, the Red Devils are extremely interested in Guirassy’s services.

The Guinea international’s contract has a €17.5 million release clause.

Ten Hag wants Guirassy as Hojund has had a challenging start to his Premier League career and has failed to score or assist in the competition.

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