Nigerian Govt Officials, Microsoft Managers In Alleged $200m Bribe

A 20-year-old employee with tech behemoth, Microsoft, has alleged that the firm is bribing clients in Nigeria as well as across the Middle East and other African countries on a massive scale. According to the whistleblower, Yasser Elabd, who published his testimony in March on the website, Lioness, the company spends more than $200 million annually on bribes and kickback schemes in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, among other countries. The report posted in rt.com quoted the employee as saying that more than half the managers and salespeople…

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FY’21: Leadway Assurance Pays N48bn Claims To Policyholders

Following a five-year streak of outpacing the industry players in claims expense to its policyholders, Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Nigeria’s foremost insurer, maintained another year-on-year increase with N48 billion claims – the highest annual claims expense as of December 31, 2021. Leadway Assurance’s claims expenses for 2021 recorded a 10 per cent increase from N43.5billion in 2020 to N48 billion relative to the previous year.  The shareholder’s fund also recorded 18.8 per cent increase from N67.8 billion in 2020 to N80.6 billion in 2021, while posting a Total asset of…

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AXA Mansard Records 21% Drop In Profits

Frontline underwriting firm, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc, has posted a 21 per cent drop in its profits before and after tax. According to the breakdown, the insurer recorded a four percent drop in profit before tax as well as 17 per cent drop in profit after tax, according to details from its 2021 financial report. Further details revealed that the company’s PBT went down from N6.04 billion recorded in 2020 to N5.78 billion posted in 2021, representing a four per cent drop. In the same vein, the profit after tax…

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Investors say Flutterwave’s governance issues demand an intervention

Flutterwave’s rise to startup stardom has been fueled by over $400 million from venture capitalists. When Flutterwave wanted to raise $100 million in Jan. 2021, it pitched a compelling set of metrics to investors. Its revenue had grown from $5 million to $55 million between 2018 and 2020. Gross profit was $26 million with a 48% margin. Its services were used in 20 countries, thanks to the hard work of over 270 employees. Based on these numbers (as recorded in an investor presentation seen by Quartz), the licenses it had…

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Group Life: The Sour Side Of A Relief Package

Nigerian workers have been known to withstand the poorest working conditions in their workplaces. Based on the need to to sustain themselves and family members, some have had to go through very gruesome experience to remain in their jobs amid meagre payment. Amid these agonies, poor implementation of the group life insurance cover further puts the family in more pains in the event of death SUNDAY OJEME reports In the last 13 years of the country’s democratic government, not much has changed for Nigerian workers in terms of welfare. Except…

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Beer Truck Falls In Front Of Hisbah Police Office in Kano!

There was mild drama in Kano when a Hilux truck conveying alcohol fell inside ditch close to the Hisbah office in Kumbotso Local Government area of the State. It was gathered that the truck driver sustained injuries in the incident which happened on Tuesday evening. Residents, who went to rescue occupants of the truck, were the first to discover that it was carrying alcoholic drinks. Hisbah has already packed the broken bottles as well as other crates of the alcohol. Confirming the incident, Kano State Hisbah Board, through its spokesperson,…

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eNaira: Report Casts Doubt On Prospects

While Nigerians and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are still basking in the euphoria of the successful launch of the country’s version of digital currency, eNaira, a new report has raised the alarm the lack of trust in Federal Government’s disposition to policies could negatively affect the prospect of the initiative. According to the Bitcoin.com News report, skeptical analysts believe a lack of trust in the government will ultimately limit the e-naira’s prospects for success. It noted that in addition, some analysts insist the digital currency’s already tenuous position…

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Orjiako To Step Down As Chairman Of Seplat Energy

Seplat Energy Plc has announced the decision of its Chairman Dr. A.B.C. Orjiako to step down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Seplat Energy Plc. Orjiako notified the Board of Directors of his decision yesterday, November 17, 2021. According to a statement from the company, in order to facilitate an orderly transition Orjiako will remain as Chairman until the next Annual General Meeting in May 2022, when an Independent Chairperson will take over. Orjiako is the co-founder and pioneer of Seplat Energy. Since 2009, as Chairman of the…

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Premium Pension Receives Two ISO Recertification

Premium Pension Limited, one of the leading Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) in Nigeria, received two International Standard Organisation (ISO)’s recertifications recently. The ISO recertifications are on Information Security Management System (ISMS) ISO 27001:2013 and Quality Management System (QMS) ISO 9001:2015. Going through the websites of Pension Fund Administrators in Nigeria, Premium Pension is the only operator with two ISO certifications. Premium Pension became the first among all the PFAs in the country to receive ISO 27001 Information Security Management System Certification under the auspices of British Standard Institute (BSI) in…

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NNPC Advises Tanker Drivers To Shelve Planned Strike

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday in Abuja called on petroleum tanker drivers to call off its planned strike in the interest and welfare of Nigerians. “The strike is about the condition of roads in various parts of Nigeria used for the distribution of goods and services including petroleum products. “While it is not the responsibility of the NNPC to build or rehabilitate roads, any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products will adversely affect the business of the NNPC. “It will also endanger energy security, which the…

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